David Kingdon and Jeremy Pelton

Over the past few years, opportunities for training have increased in the UK from a situation where many mental health professionals working with schizophrenia had little or no access to courses that allowed them to develop a psychological angle to their work. Previously there were a number of books and articles being published on the broad range of psychosocial interventions and, more specifically, cognitive behaviour therapy, but there was no opportunity to develop skills unless you worked alongside the specialist practitioners and researchers within the area. The established courses for CBT in London, Newcastle and Oxford provided training in the therapy for depression and anxiety disorders, but limited instruction to those interested in working with schizophrenia. That has changed and these courses, and new ones developing since, now include modules on managing psychosis, although these still provide a limited focus on psychosis, albeit within a very valuable overall introduction to CBT.

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