2022.4.29 and 2022.05.06 | Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis Practitioner Training Series


CCSME and the Maine Medical Center PIER program are re-offering a two-session CBTp practitioner training series. Included with the series is an opportunity to apply for an ongoing CBTp-informed monthly referral and supervision group.



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2022.04.29 and 2022.05.06 | 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | CBT-p Practitioner Training Series 

Prerequisite Course – Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy*

Participants who attend this series will participate in an in-depth exploration of all aspects of CBTp, focused on early assessment and treatment in Part One, and ongoing treatment in Part Two.  The series will be a mix of didactic information, discussion, interactive breakout room activities and role-plays to enhance learning and engage participants in the interactive virtual format. Participants who complete the series will have the option to apply to be part of a free CBTp-informed referral network and monthly supervision group, hosted by the PIER Program.

Direct registration questions to Peggy Spencer at ccsme@ccsme.org | All other inquiries to Rebecca Jaynes at jayner@mmc.org


Part 1

Participants will learn skills to apply the CBTp principles reviewed in the introductory workshop.  This includes operationalizing the initial stages of CBTp treatment with specialized engagement strategies, Socratic questioning, formulation-based “making sense” interventions and targeted clinical strategies for psychosis. The course will be a mix of didactic information, trainer demonstration, discussion and interactive activities to enhance participant learning.

Course Agenda—Part One:

  1. Review of Core Concepts from Introduction to CBTp
  2. CBTp Session Structure
  3. Engagement and Socratic Questioning—review and practice
  4. Psychosis-Specific Assessment tools—review and practice
  5. Introduction to CBTp Formulation & ‘Making Sense’ framework—review and practice

What You Will Learn:

  • To build on prior learning of the structure of cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis;
  • To enhance skills and practice strategies of engagement, Socratic questioning in early stages of treatment
  • To enhance skills and practice targeted interventions for psychosis.


Part 2 

Participants will learn skills to promote cognitive flexibility, will be introduced to psychosis-specific behavioral interventions, and learn a 5-step process of Cognitive Restructuring, a key concept in CBTp practice.  Participants will learn these techniques through trainer demonstration and role play practice at multiple stages in treatment.  Training participants will increase their awareness of what treatment looks like over time, as clients progress toward treatment goals. Finally, participants will be introduced to the CBTp-informed Referral and Monthly Supervision Group starting in Summer, 2021.  The course will be a mix of didactic information, trainer demonstration, discussion and interactive activities to enhance participant learning.

Course Agenda—Part Two:

  1. Review engagement, assessment/formulation, making sense and targeted interventions
  2. Build strategies to enhance cognitive flexibility: identifying thinking styles and introducing alternative beliefs
  3. Learn the 5 steps of Cognitive Restructuring—trainer demonstration and practice
  4. Learn Psychosis-Specific Behavioral Strategies
  5. Enhance skills and practice at different stages of treatment
  6. Discuss next steps—CBTp supervision over time; Monthly Supervision and Referral Group

What You Will Learn:

  • To build on the concepts of Introduction of CBTp and Day One Practitioner training
  • To enhance skills and practice strategies to promote cognitive flexibility
  • To build an understanding of how treatment changes over time through roleplay practice at multiple stages of treatment
  • To understand options available for CBTp supervision group and referral option


Learning Outcome:

After participating in this training, participants will be able to review and identify the cognitive behavior therapy model of “making sense” and the five steps to cognitive restructuring.

CBT-p Supervision Group and Referral Network | Hosted by the PIER Program


Meredith Charney, Ph.D Dr. Charney is currently a clinical psychologist at Maine Medical Center in the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) program. Read more

Rebecca Jaynes, LCPC Rebecca has been working as a clinician with the PIER Program since 2007, and has been providing training, supervision and consultation to communities throughout the US with the PIER Training Institute since 2010.  Read more

Sarah Lynch, LCSW Sarah is the Program Manager for the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program, an early psychosis treatment program at Maine Medical Center. Read more


Contact hours:

  • 6 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
  • 6 Category I contact hours  forsychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
  • 6 contact hours CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  • 6 contact hours pending for alcohol and drug counselors from the board of alcohol and drug counselors


  • Criteria for Successful Completion 100% Attendees required to attend and be present in the training session, and to complete the course evaluation. Partial credit will not be awarded.
  • Conflict of Interest This educational activity does not include any content that relates to the products and/or services of a commercial interest that would create a conflict of interest. There are no individuals in a position to control content for this activity or has any relevant financial relationships to declare.
  • Joint Providers This activity is being jointly provided by CCSME and the Maine Medical Center PIER Group.
  • Commercial Support There is no commercial support being received for this CNE offering.
  • Approval Statement CCSME is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • Approved Provider Number 4002961

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