Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Severe Mental Illness
Presented by: Amanda Burlock (M.Psych (Clin), GCPA, BA (Hon.)) and Margaret Hartstone (B Arts, M Arts (Psych), Dip Ed, Dip Clin Hyp)
Severe mental illness (eg. Psychosis, Bipolar Affective Disorder) is often associated with high levels of disability for affected individuals. These disorders may present particular challenges in psychological therapy. This workshop will provide a brief overview of the evidence for the effective use of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with severe mental illness. Participants will receive an introduction to how CBT may be adapted for work with this consumer group. Teaching methods will involve a combination of didactic presentation, group discussion, small group work and the use of case material.
This one-day workshop is suitable for those working in a supportive capacity with people who have a mental illness (eg. NGO support workers and other health workers). Familiarity with general principles of cognitive and behaviour therapy is assumed (eg. attended short workshop on general CBT, familiar with principles of reinforcement and cognitive challenging).