November 2 & 9, 2023 | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis Practitioner Training Series


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Thursday, November 2 & Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 8:15-11:45am

This CBT for Psychosis (CBTp) Training Series is for mental health clinicians who wish to increase their confidence in incorporating CBTp into their practice.  We will include virtual tools to enhance therapy engagement and will focus specifically on trauma-informed early psychosis care, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion tactics to address the needs of our expanding racial/cultural demographics in Maine. Why CBTp? CBTp is a therapeutic framework for treatment of persons with psychosis that welcomes a broad range of perceptual, cognitive and bodily experiences that participants often feel reluctant to discuss elsewhere. Learn tools to accurately encourage open discussion, explain & normalize the occurrences, and inform both participant & provider when to seek more specialized help, such as coordinated specialty care, such as the PIER program. CBTp treatment formulation and structure also has the capacity to strengthen their overall treatment delivery, particularly when adapting it to complementary models such as Mindfulness-based-CBT, ACT, DBT and IFS. Presenters will explore in-depth all aspects of CBTp, focusing on early assessment and treatment.  A mix of didactic information, discussion, interactive breakout room activities and role-plays will enhance learning and engagement in the interactive virtual format.

Identify basic tenets of CBTp
Identify the four Ps as part of Making Sense in CBTp.
Identify the steps of cognitive restructuring


Vanessa Davy, LCSW | Vanessa has been working as a clinician with the PIER Program since 2021 and was previously the Team Leader of the Resilience Program for First Episode Psychosis since 2015.  She has provided training in CBTp since 2022 and is a certified CBTp trainer and practitioner.  She is also trained in multiple evidence-based interventions including DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and EMDR.


Sarah Lynch, LCSW | Sarah is the Program Manager for the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program, an early psychosis treatment program at Maine Medical Center. For the past 16 years, she has worked with young people with early symptoms of psychosis and their families. Formerly, she was the Clinical Team Leader of the original PIER Program and Deputy Director of the final years of the RWJF-funded Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis multisite study.  Currently she oversees the clinical team at MMC and is working toward expansion and sustainability of these services statewide. For the last 5 years, she has received training, consultation and certification in CBTp.

Contact hours:
7 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
7 category I contact hours for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
7 contact hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval from the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.
7 contact hours for CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Attendees are required to be present for 100% of both training sessions and complete the course evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Partial credit will not be awarded.

Event supported by the PIER Program.