May 11, 18, 2023 | Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis Practitioner Training Series


8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | The Maine Medical Center, Portland Identification and Early Referral
CCSME and the Maine Medical Center PIER program are re-offering this CBTp practitioner training series. Included with the series is an opportunity to join an ongoing CBTp-informed monthly referral and supervision group.

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2023.05.11 and 2023.05.18  |  8:30 a.m. to 12:00. (there is one 15 minute break per day)

CBT-p Practitioner Training Series
Is this training for me? This CBT for Psychosis (CBTp) Training Series is for mental health clinicians who wish to increase their confidence in incorporating CBTp into their practice.  We will include virtual tools to enhance therapy engagement and will focus specifically on trauma-informed early psychosis care, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion tactics to address the needs of our expanding racial/cultural demographics in Maine. Why CBTp? CBTp is a therapeutic framework for treatment of persons with psychosis that welcomes a broad range of perceptual, cognitive and bodily experiences that participants often feel reluctant to discuss elsewhere. Learn tools to accurately encourage open discussion, explain & normalize the occurrences, and inform both participant & provider when to seek more specialized help, such as coordinated specialty care, such as the PIER program. CBTp treatment formulation and structure also has the capacity to strengthen their overall treatment delivery, particularly when adapting it to complementary models such as Mindfulness-based-CBT, ACT, DBT and IFS. What can I expect to learn in this training? Presenters will explore in-depth all aspects of CBTp, focusing on early assessment and treatment.  A mix of didactic information, discussion, interactive breakout room activities and role-plays will enhance learning and engagement in the interactive virtual format. Day Three will review and introduce the referral and supervision group.

Learning outcomes:
Identify basic tenets of CBTp
Identify the four Ps as part of Making Sense in CBTp.
Identify the steps of cognitive restructuring



May 11, 2023
Skills to apply the core CBTp principles as reviewed in the required on-demand Introduction to CBTp class.  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. Presenters will provide didactic information, demonstration,  and guide discussion and interactive activities.
May 18, 2023
Skills to promote cognitive flexibility, psychosis-specific behavioral interventions, and a 5-step process of Cognitive Restructuring -Trainer demonstration and role play practice at multiple stages in treatment.



Vanessa Davy, LCSW  Vanessa has been working as a clinician with the PIER Program since 2021, and was previously the Team Leader of the Resilience Program for First Episode Psychosis since 2015.  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.  For the past 16 years, she has worked with young people with early symptoms of psychosis and their families. Read More



Criteria for Successful Completion Attendees required to attend and be present 100% in the training sessions, 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 Providership This activity is being jointly provided by CCSME and the Maine Medical Center PIER Group.


Contact hours:

7 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
7 category I contact hours  for psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
7 contact hours for CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.