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Community Implementation Successes and Challenges of a Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Group for Individuals with a First Episode of Psychosis

University of British Columbia Department of Psychiatry Vancouver BC Canada; University of British Columbia Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 828 West 10th Avenue, Room 214 Vancouver BC V5Z 1L8 Canada
Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy 01/2006; 36(1):51-58. DOI: 10.1007/s10879-005-9006-5

ABSTRACT CBT for psychosis has recently been called a best practice, suggesting that studies have demonstrated its efficacy with many populations. Community settings are encouraged to implement best practices such as CBT yet many factors can make the implementation of CBT challenging. Issues such as clinician resistance, setting, as well as client variables (refusal, denial of symptoms, etc.) come into play. Examples of successes and challenges of a community based study of CBT groups for first episodes will be described. The strategies used to overcome these challenges and the successes of the program will be presented.

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