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Resources for Learning More about CBT for Psychosis

This is a fairly long list of resources you may find useful if you are trying to learn more about CBT for Psychosis, and related approaches!  There are a lot of books, but also links to articles and even some videos you can watch online.  Note that if you are just going to buy one book, any of the first four listed are probably a good choice:

Decoding Delusions: A Clinician’s Guide to Working With Delusions and Other Extreme Beliefs edited by by Kate V. Hardy ClinPsychD and Douglas Turkington MD.  “For the individuals experiencing them, delusions and strong beliefs can be profoundly distressing and extremely limiting to healthy living. They also present significant challenges to the mental health professionals working with these individuals—not least because there is not always consensus around what might be considered delusional.
For the first time, Decoding Delusions gathers the literature and treatment guidance materials related to delusions in one place to offer clinicians an up-to-date, culturally informed, and illustrated guide to managing the spectrum of delusions and other extreme beliefs encountered in daily practice.”

Cognitive Therapy of Schizophrenia (Guides to Individualized Evidence-Based Treatment) by David G. Kingdon and Douglas Turkington.  2005 The Guilford Press.  “Drawing on the authors’ decades of influential work in the field, this highly practical volume presents an evidence-based cognitive therapy approach for clients with schizophrenia (and psychotic symptoms that may be associated with other diagnosis). Described in thorough, step-by-step detail are effective techniques for working with delusional beliefs, voices, visions, thought disorders, and negative symptoms; integrating cognitive therapy with other forms of treatment; reducing the risk of relapse; and helping clients stay motivated and engaged.”

Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis: A Formulation-Based Approach by Anthony Morrison, Julia Renton, Hazel Dunn, Steve Williams and Richard Bentall.  A very systematic book, tying together research, theory, and practical interventions emphasizing the use of formulations.  Includes useful suggestions about how to structure therapy sessions, and even ways to get clients to do homework!

Psychotherapy for Psychosis: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic Treatment   “Michael Garrett shows how to weave together cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy to support the recovery of persons suffering from psychosis. This integrated framework builds on the strengths of both methods to achieve lasting gains, even for patients with severe, chronic mental illness. The therapist is guided to use CBT to help the patient recognize the literal falsity of delusions, while employing psychodynamic strategies to explore the figurative truth and personal meaning of psychotic symptoms.”  You can also view a talk by Michael Garrett describing his approach at this link.

Treating Psychosis: A Clinician’s Guide to Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Approaches within the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Tradition” is a book that presents an integrative approach to cutting edge approaches in an easy to understand format- there are also various worksheets and a long list of possible coping ideas, you can download it at  Other resources related to this book are listed at

Staying Well After Psychosis: A Cognitive Interpersonal Approach to Recovery and Relapse Prevention by Andrew Gumley, Matthias Schwannauer  Staying Well After Psychosis is extremely readable, based on solid research evidence and packed full of clinical insights and strategies that will satisfy any clinician seeking innovative approaches to the promotion of recovery from psychosis.” — Anthony P. Morrison, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK.  Topics include: Taking a developmental perspective on help seeking and affect regulation; Supporting self-reorganization and adaptation after acute psychosis; Understanding and treating traumatic reactions to psychosis; Working with humiliation, entrapment, loss; fear of recurrence; working with cognitive interpersonal schemata.

Person-Based Cognitive Therapy for Distressing Psychosis by Paul Chadwick.  Key features include; the integration of the author’s work on Mindfulness (a simple meditation technique for people with psychosis); inclusion of the two-chair method; plus a chapter on group therapy.

A manualised treatment protocol to guide delivery of evidence-based cognitive therapy for people with distressing psychosis: learning from clinical trials is an article by Anthony Morrison, available in full at that link.

There are a number of resources related to CBT for psychosis listed at

Madness Explained:  Pyschosis and human nature by Richard Bentall 2004 Penguin Books, London England.  Bentall is a research psychologist who pulls together a great deal of evidence to shatter the medical model myths about madness and to “demonstrate that the apparently mysterious, incomprehensible symptoms of the mentally ill are actually extensions of what many of us experience every day.”  (quote from Aaron Beck’s intro.)

Making Sense of Voices:  A guide for mental health professionals working with voice-hearers by Prof Marius Romme & Sandra Escher  2000 Mind Publications.  Romme looks at voices “from outside the illness model” and has been a pioneer listening to what voice-hearers have to say, while encouraging networking and peer support among them. He advocates acceptance of voices along with constructive coping. is the website of an “international community for voice hearing

Emerging Perspectives From the Hearing Voices Movement: Implications for Research and Practice” is a free article

Prejudice and schizophrenia: a review of the `mental illness is an illness like any other’ approach“ by Read, J.; Haslam, N.; Sayce, L.; Davies, E.  Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Volume 114, Number 5, November 2006 , pp. 303-318.  Looks at research finding that acceptance of medical model type beliefs by the public and by mental health workers is associated with an increase in perceptions of dangerousness and unpredictability and desire for social distance.  Suggests alternative approaches to stigma reduction.

Living with Voices: 50 stories of recovery edited by M. Romme, S. Escher, J. Dillon, D. Corstens, & M. Morris.  “This book demonstrates that it is entirely possible to overcome problems with hearing voices and to take back control of one’s life.  It shows a path to recovery by addressing the main problems voice hearers describe – the threats, the feelings of powerlessness, the anxiety of being mad – and helps them to find their way back to their emotions and spirituality and to realizing their dreams.”  Many of those who recovered did so outside the mental health system, often networking together with other voice hearers to develop new perspectives and approaches, including the novel notion of engaging the voices with love instead of rejection.

The most detailed controlled comparison of psychosocial/mostly non-medical  treatment with standard medically oriented treatment ever performed was probably the experiment called “Soteria.”  (The clients treated with the experimental psychosocial model did better on average, but the mental health field has ignored this outcome.)  For information about this check out or order Soteria: Through Madness to Deliverance by Loren R. Mosher, Voyce Hendrix, and Deborah C. Fort.

A five year study of the Open Dialogue approach in Finland, a program that delayed use of neuroleptics to see if they were really necessary, found that in a group of 42 patients, 82% did not have psychotic symptoms at the end of five years, 86% had returned to their studies or jobs, and only 14% were on disability allowance. Only 29% had ever been exposed to a neuroleptic medication at all during the five years, and only 17% were on neuroleptics at the end of five years.  You can access this five year study and other writings on this approach at .

A Casebook of Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis edited by Anthony P. Morrison, 2002. Leading clinicians and researchers present their individual approaches to understanding and offering assistance with the difficulties faced by specific people.

The Case Study Guide to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy of Psychosis, edited by David Kingdon & Douglas Turkington, is written by practitioners from differing clinical backgrounds and at different stages in their use of CBT. It provides vibrant and colourful descriptions of patient and therapist problems and the use of various techniques with them.  Part 2, Training, Supervision, and Implementation, consists of four chapters dealing with such things as “Training for CBT in Psychosis” and “Clinical Supervision.” is my blog, where I paste in information I come across, thoughts, theories, whatever.  Subjects might include the nature of psychosis, why alternatives to relying on medications are needed, and specific psychosocial alternatives like cognitive therapy.

A Casebook of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Command Hallucinations: A Social Rank Theory Approachby Byrne, S., Birchwood, M., Trower, P., & Meaden, A.  This book is based on a research study that was successful overall in reducing problems from command hallucinations.  Lots of case studies, with clear steps outlined.

For an approach to people who are just starting to experience psychotic symptoms, using cognitive therapy but no medications, also based on a successful research study, check out “Early Detection and Cognitive Therapy for People at High Risk of Developing Psychosis: A Treatment Approach. (A later, larger study found that cognitive therapy did not affect how many people later became psychotic, but only reduced the severity of problems that later occurred.)

CBT for Those at Risk of a First Episode Psychosis: Evidence-based psychotherapy for people with an ‘At Risk Mental State’ By Mark van der Gaag, Dorien Nieman, David van den Berg, Copyright 2013.  “This book describes a newly developed, evidence based cognitive behavioural intervention that can be used by clinicians to treat the precursor symptoms of psychosis and other severe mental illness.”  A related resource for reading by clients can be downloaded for free:  A manual for coping with extraordinary and remarkable experiences

A meta-cognitive training program for people who have experienced psychosis is available for free at This program is designed to be used with groups, using something like a PowerPoint presentation plus discussion to address common problems in thought and perception.  The exercises are often fun and creative.

 Healing Schizophrenia:  Using Medications Wisely by John Watkins.  A refreshing challenge to the widely-held belief that most people diagnosed with schizophrenia will require long-term neuroleptic treatment, and that recovery is relatively unusual without it. This new book shows how a holistic approach which treats body, mind and soul can significantly improve the likelihood of healing and recovery, even for those with a long history of schizophrenia..

A Guide to Minimal Use of Neuroleptics [aka antipsychotics]:  Why and How by Volkmar Aderhold MD and Peter Stastny MD is a free online guide.

Another source that might help you help people make medication decisions is a short guide I wrote for helping people who might want to reduce or come off medications:  you can find that at  This document links to a lot of other, related resources.

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Severe Mental Illness: An Illustrated Guide  Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D., Douglas Turkington, M.D., David G. Kingdon, M.D., and Monica Ramirez Basco, Ph.D.  “CBT is illuminated in an insightful volume that boasts an abundance of learning exercises, worksheets, and checklists—plus video demonstrations on DVD that offer an inside look at CBT methods in use.  This is the only book to present a comprehensive CBT approach that can be used across the broad range of severe Axis I disorders to prevent relapse, promote treatment adherence, reduce symptoms, and maintain treatment gains. The authors, all internationally recognized experts in using CBT for severe mental illness, provide a host of functional strategies for treating patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and treatment-refractory depression.” “The eighteen videos show CBT in action, demonstrating such scenarios as tracing origins of paranoia and formulating an antisuicide plan.”

Schizophrenia: Cognitive Theory, Research, and Therapy By Aaron T Beck, Neil A Rector, Neil Stolar, Paul Grant“This book represents a major advance in the application of cognitive theory and therapy. It is fitting that the founder of cognitive therapy is now pioneering its use with people with schizophrenia, who were once thought to be virtually untreatable. The authors provide a groundbreaking integration of neurobiological and cognitive-behavioral approaches to understanding the disorder and improving patients’ lives. Unique contributions of the book include the descriptions of cognitive distortions and cognitive triads specific to schizophrenia and the development of cognitive models of thought disorder and negative symptoms, which have been neglected until now.” – Tony Morrison

“The ABCs of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Schizophrenia” by Lars Hansen MD, David Kingdon, MD, and Douglas Turkington, MD is available at  A good introductory article to share with colleagues.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Acute Inpatient Mental Health Units: Working with Clients, Staff and the Milieu (Paperback) by Isabel Clarke (Editor), Hannah Wilson (Editor)  “This book will be an invaluable tool for mental health professionals working in inpatient settings, and will hopefully inspire people to increase access to such approaches and conduct the research required to firmly establish the evidence base.” “–” Anthony P. Morrison, From the foreword. “Isabel Clarke and Hannah Wilson have addressed the difficult political, strategic and organisational issues, which limit the availability of CBT and related psychological therapies in inpatient settings. In doing so, they draw upon on a broad evidence base, a depth of clinical experience, and self-reflective and compassionate commitment to an often marginalised group of service users and a frequently demoralised group of mental health staff.” “-” Andrew Gumley, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Glasgow.

CBT for Psychosis: A Symptom-based Approach edited by Roger Hagen, Douglas Turkington, Torkil Berge, and Rolf W Gråwe, 2010.  Aaron Beck said “This exceptional book contains state of the art theory, research, and therapeutics of CBT for psychosis. Clinicians and researchers interested in developing an up-to-date understanding of CBT for schizophrenia will find it indispensable.” is the website for the US Chapter of the International Society for the Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychoses.  A good group to join for those committed to developing a psychological approach to psychosis, with a helpful email discussion list.   Membership comes with free admission to webinars on a free subscription to the Psychosis journal and free admission to webinars on psychological approaches to psychosis (you can view many of the past webinars here.)

Narrative CBT for Psychosis by John Rhodes and Simon Jakes.  Designed to meet the complex needs of patients with psychosis, Narrative CBT for Psychosis combines narrative and solution-focused therapy with established techniques from CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) into one integrated flexible approach. In this book John Rhodes and Simon Jakes bring the practitioner up-to-date, as treatment and practice evolve to draw on other therapeutic approaches, creating an approach which is client centred and non-confrontational. The book contains many tried and tested practical ideas for helping clients, with several chapters including detailed and illuminating case studies.

The following four books are written as self help books:

Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques by Daniel Freeman, Jason Freeman, and Philippa Garety.  “Fears about others have reached new heights in recent years and although they can feel justifiable, suspicious thoughts can get out of hand and become a problem. The latest research indicates that between 20 and 30 per cent of people in the UK frequently have suspicious or paranoid thoughts and this book is the first self-help guide to coping with fears about others. Written in a clear and accessible style by leading international experts drawing upon the latest scientific and clinical studies, this book explains how such fears arise and offers practical steps to deal with them.”

Think You’re Crazy? Think Again:  A Resource Book for Cognitive Therapy for PsychosisBy Anthony P. Morrison, Julia Renton, Paul French, Richard Bentall  This book is written as a workbook to provide an effective step-by-step aid to understanding problems, making positive changes and promoting recovery. “Written by experts in the field, this book will help you to:  understand how your problems developed and what keeps them going; use questionnaires and monitoring sheets to identify and track changes in the links between your experiences, how you make sense of these and how you feel and behave; learn how to change thoughts, feelings and behaviour for the better; and to practice skills between sessions using worksheets.”

Overcoming Distressing Voices, 2nd Edition  Written by experts, this accessible self-help manual takes those affected by distressing voices on a journey of recovery and healing, based on the latest psychological research. This fully revised and updated edition includes:  · Clear explanations of what distressing voices are and what causes them  · Techniques to explore and re-evaluate the links between self-esteem, beliefs about voices and feelings · Practical steps to reduce the distress that hearing voices causes
· Consideration of the impact on friends and family, and advice for how they can help

Back to Life, Back to Normality: Volume 2: CBT Informed Recovery for Families with Relatives with Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses Written for family members and friends of those who suffer from schizophrenia and other psychoses, Back to Life, Back to Normality 2 describes the typical symptoms and problems of those suffering from psychotic disorders and discusses how a relative can best listen, interact and communicate their support. Research conducted by authors Douglas Turkington and Helen Spencer has shown that individuals without psychiatric training and qualifications can easily learn and safely use some basic cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help communicate effectively and provide support to their loved one suffering from psychosis. These techniques are described and illustrated with examples throughout this book, to allow carers to learn how to provide the best possible support and help facilitate a recovery for those suffering.

A list of Online & Mobile Apps for Mental Health, Mindfulness & Wellness is at

A free online manual for CBT for psychosis is available at  It is a bit superficial and formulaic, but also has some good ideas and useful tools, and might be helpful to point someone at to get an idea of how this method can work.  There is also a manual for helping people diagnosed with schizophrenia with social anxiety problems, as well as some other therapy manuals, at

Children Hearing Voices: What you need to know and what you can do by Sandra Escher and Marius Romme.  “Children Hearing Voices is a unique, innovative book providing support and practical solutions for the experience of hearing voices. It is in two parts, one part for voice-hearing children, the other part for parents and adult carers. Sandra Escher and Marius Romme have over twenty-five years experience of working with voice-hearers, pioneering the theory and practice of accepting and working with the meaning in voices.”  You can read my brief review of that book at

Other resources are available for and about young people hearing voices.  A short guide for parents is available at  A good website for young people themselves is, which provides “peer support for young people who see, hear, & sense things others don’t.”

“WHY DOES SCHIZOPHRENIA DEVELOP AT LATE ADOLESCENCE?” By Chris Harrop and Peter Trower, Clinical Psychology Review, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 241–266, 2001.  This article looks at how psychosis can be a natural result of difficulties in carrying out normal adolescent individuation.

Doctoring the Mind: Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good?   By Richard Bentall also reviews our mental health system’s current approach as a whole, finds it severely wanting, and asks for a new approach that puts people and their relationships first.  (Bentall is also a therapist and researcher who has been involved in CBT for psychosis.)

Anatomy of an Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker.  This book is not about therapy for psychosis, but instead details evidence leading to the conclusion that psychiatric medications of various kinds interfere with long term recovery from psychological difficulties.  Whitaker’s arguments are difficult to refute, and provide reasons to attend more to psychosocial approaches.  (Or you can read a detailed and updated summary of the evidence regarding antipsychotics in this article available for free:  The Case Against Antipsychotics: A Review of Their Long-term Effects) is a website that describes an integrative approach to recovery, including nutritional approaches:  it also has a good infographic which in one image presents a lot of reasons to be cautious about relying too much on “antipsychotic” drugs.

Eleanor Longden tells her story of extreme experiences and then recovery on the DVD Knowing you, knowing you.  Eleanor has also been lead author for an article that challenges us to rethink our understanding of voice hearing:  see Dissociation, trauma, and the role of lived experience: toward a new conceptualization of voice hearing.  Of course, there is also her (free) TED talk.

Films by Daniel Mackler:  he has one on Open Dialogue, one of recovery from “schizophrenia” with long term therapy, and one on a Swedish approach using stays at farm homes.  Showing films like these can be a great way to start discussion in your community!

At the heart of CBT for psychosis is the creation of dialogue between therapist and the individual to be helped.  While it isn’t CBT specific, the article Dialogue therapy in psychosis: A philosophical-ethical approach provides good perspective on how to build constructive dialogue.

One source of many interesting perspectives on psychosis is all the interviews Will Hall has done on Madness Radio – all the old shows are freely available.

A practical guidebook,oriented toward helping people get on with their lives despite their beliefs is called “Beyond Belief: Alternative Ways of Working with Delusions, Obsessions and Unusual Experiences,” and is available at This book was written by Tamasin Knight, a doctor who was once herself hospitalized for delusions.   (Note that this is not written from a CBT perspective, but many of the ideas can be used within a CBT approach.)

The Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Schizophrenia: Current Practice and Recent Developments” by Sara Tai and Douglas Turkington is freely available online and has a good summary of some new directions in or related to CBT for psychosis.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & Mindfulness for Psychosis,” edited by by Eric M.J. Morris, Louise C. Johns, and Joseph E. Oliver. “Emerging from cognitive behavioural traditions, mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies hold promise as new evidence-based approaches for helping people distressed by the symptoms of psychosis. These therapies emphasize changing the relationship with unusual and troublesome experiences through cultivating experiential openness, awareness, and engagement in actions based on personal values. In this volume, leading international researchers and clinicians describe the major treatment models and research background of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Person-Based Cognitive Therapy (PBCT), as well as the use of mindfulness, in individual and group therapeutic contexts.”  Eric Morris makes available a lot more resources on ACT for psychosis, including a group manual, at

ACT for Psychosis Recovery:  A Practical Manual for Group-Based Interventions Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy  This book is designed to help people facilitate groups for people working to recover from psychosis, and also has ideas for supporting family members.  The website includes access to a free chapter, and also a list of resources including a few videos:

CBT for Schizophrenia: Evidence-Based Interventions and Future Directions” edited by Craig Steel. “Informed by the latest clinical research, this is the first book to assemble a range of evidence-based protocols for treating the varied presentations associated with schizophrenia through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  Deals with a wide range of discrete presentations associated with schizophrenia, such as command hallucinations, violent behaviour or co-morbid post-traumatic stress disorder.  Covers work by the world’s leading clinical researchers in this field. Includes illustrative case material in each chapter.”

Cultural Adaptation of CBT for Serious Mental Illness: A Guide for Training and Practice by Shanaya Rathod, David Kingdon, Narsimha Pinninti, Douglas Turkington, and Peter Phir.  “With its clear, thoughtful prose and its diverse, vivid case examples, this guide will help CBT practitioners sensitively handle the challenges of working with individuals and families from a wide variety of cultural, religious, and spiritual backgrounds.  By using these approaches, unique and thorny challenges to the cross cultural application of CBT can be creatively and collaboratively addressed and resolved.”

Successfully Breaking a 20-Year Cycle of Hospitalizations With Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia describes a case example of helping a person with multiple chronic problems that seemed “hopeless” to others.

A 5 minute animated video introducing the compassionate approach to working with voices is at  For more on that approach, check out this recorded webinar, Compassion for Voices; Science and Application

I provide the seminar “CBT for Psychosis: An Individualized, Recovery Oriented Approach” is available as an online course, with 5 CE credits, at

How well you know if you are practicing CBT for Psychosis in a competent way?  One way is to see how your seessions do on a general CBT rating scale called the CTS-R, which rates 12 areas of competence in CBT.  You can obtain a copy of this scale at  A more detailed guide to using that scale is at  You can record a session and then rate it yourself, but then it’s best to have someone trained in using this scale review some of your sessions to get more perspective.

There is also a very detailed list of what is involved in being truly competent at CBT for psychosis at this link:

Group CBT for Psychosis: A Guidebook for Clinicians by Tania Lecomte, Claude Leclerc, and Til Wykes.  Published 2016.

The promise of cognitive behavior therapy for treatment of severe mental disorders: a review of recent developments – this free 2014 article by Thase, Kingdon & Turkington will help bring you understand the evidence for CBT for psychosis.

You can find another list of helpful resources, worksheets, videos, podcasts, etc. at

There are a lot of video demonstrations of CBT for psychosis, in a phase by phase progression, starting at

Some other references:

Ganzel, B. L., Kim, P., Glover, G. H., & Temple, E. (2008). Resilience after 9/11: multimodal neuroimaging evidence for stress-related change in the healthy adult brain. Neuroimage, 40(2), 788-795.

Glaser, N. M., Kazantzis, N., Deane, F.P., & Oades, L. G (2000). Critical issues in using homework assignments within cognitive-behavioural therapy for schizophrenia. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 18,


Schmidt, R. E., & Gendolla, G. H. E. (2008). Dreaming of white bears: The return of the suppressed at sleep onset. Consciousness and Cognition, 17(3), 714-724.

Thewissen, V., Bentall, R. P., Lecomte, T., van Os, J., & Myin-Germeys, I. (2008). Fluctuations in self-esteem and paranoia in the context of daily life. J Abnorm Psychol, 117(1), 143-153.

van der Kolk, B. A. (2006). Clinical implications of neuroscience research in PTSD. Ann N Y Acad Sci, 1071, 277-293.

Consultation:  Want to get really serious about implementing cognitive therapy for psychosis?  It helps to have someone to consult with!  If available, finding someone in your community may be best, but it’s also possible to work with people like myself who provide consultation to individuals or groups over the phone or over the internet using Adobe Connect.  More information about that is available at this link.