Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)


Geared toward providers working with people who experience psychosis, participants in this course will learn about the spirit and structure of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis.


In collaboration with Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program, CCSME is offering this static online course on cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (CBTp). Geared toward providers working with people who experience psychosis, participants in this course will learn about the spirit and structure of CBTp. Engagement strategies with curious questioning and targeted “making sense” interventions will be explored through case studies. This initial overview of CBTp will assist participants to determine if they want to continue on with more in-depth training.

Course Agenda:

  1. Why CBT for Psychosis?
  2. General Structure and Philosophy
  3. Initial Phases of CBTp Treatment
  4. Targeted interventions and ongoing assessment

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the spirit and structure of cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis.
  • To describe strategies for engagement, curious questioning, “making sense”, and targeted interventions for psychosis.
  • To determine whether to continue on to a more in depth training.

How it Works

After watching two 1-hour videos by the PIER team, you will be required to take a short quiz. Upon receiving a grade of 80% or higher, you will be directed to a course evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download a .pdf certificate to get your course credit.


  • Video Presentations (two 1-hour videos)
  • Exit quiz requiring a score of at least 80% to earn contact hours
  • Evaluation of the training

About the PIER Team:

Corinne Cather, Ph.D Dr. Cather is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Director of Psychology Services for the Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Schizophrenia Program in Boston. Read more

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

Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.

  • 2 CONTACT HOURS for social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, psychologists, continuing health education specialists, and  behavioral healthcare workers.
  • 2 CONTACT HOURS pending for alcohol and drug counselors.
  • This course may be used for 2 contact hour for MHRT-C Domain 1

Important Info

Disclosure: Neither the presenter nor the program planners (CCSME) have any commercial interest or conflict of interest to disclose.

Disclaimer: This course is intended for educational purposes only.  The views, opinions, and content expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME).