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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis in Clinical Practice


Across two continents, Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P) has been endorsed as an adjunctive treatment for individuals who experience persistent positive symptoms of schizophrenia. The moderate effect sizes reported in early studies and reviews were followed by better controlled studies indicating more limited effect sizes. This article provides a review of the literature that addresses the effectiveness of CBT-P, including particular areas of emphasis and practice elements associated with this approach. In addition, because the majority of research on CBT-P has been performed in the United Kingdom, implications for implementation and sustainability of this practice in the United States are presented.

Keywords: cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotic symptoms, psychosis, schizophrenia

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Sivec, H. J., & Montesano, V. L. (2012). Cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis in clinical practice. Psychotherapy, 49, 258-270. doi: 10.1037/a0028256



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