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Working with Psychosis (2 days)

The course covers conceptualisations of psychosis from a cognitive perspective, with theories of its development, maintenance and practical CBT interventions for addressing psychotic behaviour. CBT is a NICE recommended intervention for working with clients suffering from schizophrenia.

Issues covered include:

  • A cognitive approach to psychotic symptoms and behaviour
  • Garety and Morrison’s multi-factorial cognitive models of positive psychotic symptoms
  • Assessing appropriateness of psychotic clients for CBT
  • Motivational & engagement issues with psychotic clients
  • The use of Socratic Questioning With psychotic clients
  • Cognitive interventions to change appraisals and increase insight and belief in ability to control symptoms
  • Identifying contextual factors that reduce hallucinations
  • Increasing client medication compliance through CBT
  • The use of behavioural experiments to challenge delusional ideas
  • Challenging delusional beliefs through addressing and reducing safety behaviours
  • Developing a relapse prevention programme in psychosis

Course Leader:

Dr Fiona C. Kennedy
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Fiona has a vast clinical experience in mental health (from anxiety through eating disorders and PTSD, to psychosis and personality disorders) and learning disability fields. Fiona’s main orientation for many years has been Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She was a Board Member/Trustee for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). She has extensive experience of teaching and presenting, giving regular input to doctoral training programmes and teaching other professionals.

Amongst many other research projects she has studied dissociation after trauma that led to a new theoretical model and scale, as well as innovative new treatments. The creation of an effective treatment service for self-harming, suicidal, ‘revolving door’ inpatients was quoted as an example of national excellence by the governments’ National Audit Office in its House of Commons report ‘Safer Patient Services’ 2005. She has presented her research at many national and international conferences and received an award for clinical excellence from BUPA. With her deep knowledge of the subject and outstanding leadership qualities Dr Fiona Kennedy is a truly inspirational tutor.

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