Group CBT for Psychosis: A Guidebook for Clinicians

ISBN : 9780199391523

Tania Lecomte; Claude Leclerc; Til Wykes
312 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Jun 2016
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Psychosis implies an alteration of one's reality, with specific beliefs and sensory experiences that affect one's judgment and capacity to function socially. Previously, medication alone was believed to attenuate or eliminate psychotic symptoms; however, more than two decades of empirical evidence now support the use of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for psychosis, including group CBT for psychosis. Group CBT for Psychosis offers the first published group therapy module of its kind and is suitable for a broad range of mental health professionals. Group therapy for people with psychosis is often recommended given its cost-efficiency and indirect benefits such as improved social skills and social support, yet delivery of this group intervention necessitates specialized skills and knowledge not typically included as part of most clinical training programs. This book offers thorough descriptions of relevant techniques, clinical vignettes, and worksheets for use in group sessions. Individual chapters focus on the basics of CBT for psychosis, essential elements of group therapy, explaining the CBT model in a group context, techniques for various symptoms, measuring change, common obstacles to group CBT for psychosis, and much more. Group CBT for Psychosis will be a valuable resource for psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, and graduate students in these fields. Professors and supervisors teaching clinical skills, such as how to run groups or how to conduct CBT in groups with people with psychotic disorders, will also find this book very useful.


Chapter 1: History of group therapies for people with psychosis
Chapter 2: Basic cognitive behavioral model used in group CBT for psychosis
Chapter 3: What have studies taught us about CBT for psychosis?
Chapter 4: Essential elements of group therapy
Chapter 5: The role of the therapist in group CBT for psychosis
Chapter 6: Getting started
Chapter 7: Stress- How it affects me (the first six sessions)
Chapter 8: Testing hypotheses and looking for alternatives (sessions 7 to 12)
Chapter 9: Drugs, alcohol and how I feel (sessions 13 to 18)
Chapter 10: Coping and Competence (sessions 19 to 24)
Chapter 11: Measuring change
Chapter 12: Obstacles to group CBT for psychosis
Chapter 13: Therapist competence - what skills are needed to conduct group CBTp?
Chapter 14: CBT groups for psychosis with other targets
Chapter 15: Conclusion
1 - The group CBTp Workbook
2 - Example of a diploma for the graduation
3 - List of sessions used in brief inpatient group CBTp
4 - Participation Scale
5 - Self Esteem Rating Scale - Short Form
6 - First Episode Social Functioning Scale - Self-Report
7 - QuickLL
About the Authors

About the author: 

Tania Lecomte, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Universite de Montreal and a registered clinical psychologist. Dr. Lecomte has helped develop and validate assessment tools as well as several group interventions for individuals with severe mental illness. Dr. Lecomte has received several national research grants and awards over the years and has published more than 80 articles and co-edited two books on psychiatric rehabilitation (in French).; Claude Leclerc, RN, PhD, is a mental health nurse specialist, Professor of mental health nursing at Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, and Invited Professor at the Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland. His research interests are mostly centered around mental state evaluation, design and validation of rehabilitation intervention oriented toward recovery for individuals presenting a first episode of psychosis, and cognitive behavioural techniques for psychosis.; Til Wykes is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation and Vice Dean of Psychology and Systems Sciences at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, King's College London. She has been involved in research on rehabilitation for many years, both in the development of services and the evaluation of innovative psychological treatments. She is also the director of the Centre for Recovery in Severe Psychosis (CRiSP).

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