An Effective Treatment for Psychosis – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Peers or Families

by Professor Kate Hardy and Professor Douglas Noorsdsy,  Clinic Directors, INSPIRE Clinic (for Early Psychosis), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford University

When: Wednesday November 16, 7pm-9pm

WhereCypress Community Center, Room 6, 403 Cypress Ave, San Jose (Map/directions)

SBPR have invited two clinical directors from INSPIRE Clinic, Stanford University to meet with peers and family members, and to share their expertise on CBTp.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is an evidence based therapy that aims to reduce distress associated with psychotic symptoms and improve functioning. More recently CBTp has also been used to help family members learn key skills and tools to support their own mental health and support their loved ones.

This talk will provide an overview of CBTp including core components of the approach and practice. Professor Hardy will introduce key skills that family members or caregivers can learn and apply. Professor Noordsy will describe how psychiatrists can use CBTp techniques to understand and communicate about symptoms, reinforce coping skills and frame the role of medication treatment.
They will conclude with a summary of new exciting innovations being deveopled at Stanford University, such as avatar therapy!  There will be a Q&A following the talk.  Bring your concerns and questions.
Dr. Hardy is a licensed psychologist with extensive experience in early psychosis from a clinical, research, and service development perspective. Dr. Hardy began working in the early psychosis field in the United Kingdom during a period when early psychosis service expansion was occurring. She has acted as the Clinical Director for an Early Intervention in Psychosis Service which involved liaising between the community and academic partners, development of a clinical training curriculum for staff, and development and adaptation of the clinical model as it expanded over five counties. She has presented extensively to local stakeholders and county behavioral health services on the need for early psychosis service development. In addition, she works clinically with this population utilizing CBT for psychosis, provides training and consultation to range of professionals in this approach, and has worked with international experts to make training in this evidence based approach more available in the United States. She is the Clinical Director of the INSPIRE clinic at Stanford Universit.
Douglas L. Noordsy, MD, is Clinical Professor, Director of Sports Psychiatry, and psychiatrist on the INSPIRE Early Psychosis Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Noordsy was previously Professor of Psychiatry,Director of Psychosis Services and Investigator in the Psychopharmacology Research Group at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. His research interests include medication and psychosocial treatments for individuals with psychotic disorders, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders; methods to facilitate recovery and promote achievement of optimal outcomes for people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; rehabilitation and recovery interventions (including cognitive behavioral therapy and physical exercise); and methods to prevent progression of early psychotic disorders. He is particularly interested in the role of physical exercise for prevention of progression of early psychosis and for potentiating learning in CBTp and supported employment and education. Dr. Noordsy was recognized with the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental
Illness in 2001

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