CBT for Psychosis and Associated Trauma Workshop

Presented by Psychosocial Rehabilitation BC (PSRBC)

November 6 and 7, 2017

Our special guest Ron Unger, LCSW, will deliver two workshops:

Ron Unger, LCSW, has been working as a therapist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for psychosis for over 10 years.  He has given numerous seminars about CBT for psychosis, and the relationships between trauma and psychosis.  His presentations emphasize practical and humanistic ways of working with difficulties that can too easily be perceived as being “beyond understanding.”  More information about Ron and his perspectives can be found on his blog at:  http://recoveryfromschizophrenia.org/

November 6, 2017

CBT for Psychosis: An Individualized, Recovery Oriented Approach
November 7, 2017

Trauma, Dissociation, and Psychosis:  CBT Approaches to Understanding and Recovery

Registration 8:00-9:00am   Workshops 9:00-5:00pm

Douglas College New Westminster Campus
Lecture Theatre 2201
700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B.C.
(1 block from New Westminster Sky Train Station)

$75 for one day, $150 for both days,
Students/People with Lived Experience: $45 for one day $90 for both days

Light Lunch and Refreshments Included

Click Here To Register:  http://bit.ly/PSRBCnov2017

CBT for Psychosis: An Individualized, Recovery Oriented Approach

At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Refute misconceptions that previously discouraged attempts at psychotherapy for psychosis
  • Normalize psychotic experiences by seeing them on a continuum with other reactions to distressing circumstances
  • Utilize a collaborative-empirical style to explore psychotic experiences and beliefs
  • Develop formulations that promote hope and provide direction
  • Engage in guided discovery of solutions to distressing psychosis-related problems
  • Integrate this psychological approach with existing treatment methods

 Trauma, Dissociation, and Psychosis:  CBT Approaches to Understanding and Recovery

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify possible interrelationships between trauma, dissociation, and psychosis, including ways that psychosis itself, and reactions to psychosis by others, can be traumatizing
  • Discern a variety of possible causal routes from trauma to psychotic experiences, and understand the possible role of dissociation within that process
  • Utilize proven cognitive strategies to address command and persecutory voices, and other common yet distressing experiences found in trauma-associated psychosis
  • Integrate CBT for psychosis with other trauma therapies to effectively treat clients who have experienced both trauma and psychosis
  • Assist clients in developing coherent and compassionate stories of trauma and recovery which provide a positive alternative to both fragmented “psychotic” stories, and to helplessness-inducing “mental illness” stories.


8:00-9:00 – registration
9:00-9:15 – welcome by PSRBC
9:15-10:45 – workshop
10:45-11:00 – break
11:00-12:30 – workshop
12:30-1:30 – lunch
1:30-2:30 – workshop
2:30-2:45 – break
2:45-4:15 – workshop

Click Here To Register: http://bit.ly/PSRBCnov2017

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