What is CBT-p?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based form of therapy that helps individuals become more conscious of their beliefs, and aims to change their patterns of thinking. In CBT, clients learn to identify, question and change the thoughts, attitudes and beliefs related to the emotional and behavioural reactions that cause them difficulty.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Psychosis

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-p) follows the same general approach, with some modifications to address positive symptoms, cognitive deficits, and stigma associated with psychosis.

Dr. Douglas Turkington is the founder of CBT-p a long with Dr. David Kingdon. In 1990 they developed and piloted a normalising treatment with CBT techniques for use with schizophrenia. The approach was manualised and published in 1994 and then in formulation-based format which included traumatic psychosis and other subgroups.

Below is a video of Dr. Turkington speaking at a medical conference in 2013.

Dr. Turkington has carried out research into the efficacy and effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in the treatment of schizophrenia. He has carried out randomised controlled trials of CBT versus befriending and of CBT versus treatment as usual in community settings.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workshops

Dr. Turkington’s workshops offer practical tools and strategies to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, and to build greater resilience. Both professionals and caregivers will learn about key caring principles, how to normalize their loved one’s symptoms, how to work with medications and their side effects, different styles of coping, and how to spot red flags in your loved one’s behaviour that might indicate the illness is getting worse. Through role play, participants will also be able to practice what they have learnt and how to apply the principles to their everyday care situations.

Interested in learning more about our workshops? Visit the Events page to find out more.

Webinars & Videos

Below you will find a number of free videos developed by Dr. Turkington. In them, a variety of subject matter related to CBT and CBT-p are covered. Check back as more videos will be added regularly.

CBT & Covid-19

CBT Psychosis Techniques

Recommended Books & Reading

Understanding is empowering. To help you gain insight into CBT-p, I have curated a list of recommended reading.

by Douglas Turkington (Author), David Kingdon (Author), Shanaya Rathod (Author), Sarah K. J. Wilcock (Author), Alison Brabban (Author), Paul Cromarty (Author), Robert Dudley (Author), Richard Gray (Author), Jeremy Pelton (Author), Ron Siddle (Author), Peter Weiden (Author)

by Anthony P. Morrison (Author), Julia Renton (Author), Paul French (Author), Richard Bentall (Author)

by David G. Kingdon (Author), Douglas Turkington (Author)

by Timothy A. Carey (Author), Warren Mansell (Author), Sara Tai (Author)

by Roger Hagen (Editor), Douglas Turkington (Editor), Torkil Berge (Editor), Rolf W. Gråwe (Editor)

by David Kingdon (Editor), Douglas Turkington (Editor)

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