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Online Education: Courses with Hopeful Approaches for Psychosis

Below is a list of online courses, or collections of online courses, which are likely to be helpful to those interested in expanding their understanding of psychosis well beyond the “medical model.”  Note that I haven’t viewed all these courses and some may contain content with which I might disagree:  but I included them here because I have reason to think they contain useful information.  Please do give me feedback about them!

Mad in America Continuing Education offers a large variety of courses that “envision a new paradigm of mental health care” with a more critical perspective on drugs and an interest in what works in the long term.  Free or very low cost, many come with continuing education credits.

Rai Waddingham, a voice hearer, hearing voices group facilitator, trainer, and PhD candidate, offers some courses here.

Charlie Heriot-Maitland offers this training in Compassion Focused Therapy for Distressing Experiences In Psychosis

A free 3 hour self paced course on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for psychosis is available here.

A longer series of seminars on CBT for psychosis, not free, is available here.

Training Early Career Psychiatrists to Listen to Psychotic Patients with an Intent to Understand the Meaning of Psychotic Symptoms, with Michael Garrett, MD is a free one hour class with CE credit.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists offers this CPD eLearning module on hearing voices

Nine Myths About Schizophrenia, with Richard Bentall:  Clinical Psychologist Richard Bentall challenges nine myths of schizophrenia accepted by mental health professionals and proposes a more humane, scientific approach to care.

Hallucinations, with Richard Bentall:  Are the voices in our heads more than just mental disorders? Clinical psychologist Richard Bentall uncovers the origin of hallucinations and argues they have been radically misguided.

BIPOLAR DISORDER: CRACKING THE CODE with Terry Lynch, advertises itself as “– a course for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and anyone who wants to really understand bipolar disorder – including family members of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder.”  If you provide your email at the above link, you get access to some free preview videos, but the full course costs £145

The History of the Mad Movement & Alternatives to Biomedical Approaches covers “Transformative & Liberatory Mental Health Practices Beyond The Disease Model.”

Recovering a Self in Psychosis with Larry Davidson PhD is a free course that comes with 1 CE.

Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia is a FREE 4 week course that explores some key issues around caring for someone with these diagnoses.  Produced by King’s College in the UK.

RECOVERING OUR FAMILIES Taught by Krista Mackinnon. This course introduces families to key recovery principles, leaders, research and resources that are person and family-centered, trauma-informed and strengths based. This interactive, facilitated online class combines emailed lessons with recovery exercises, videos, online resources and a password-protected website with private facilitated group discussions and peer support.

And then there’s the 3 online courses that I produced: