Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)

To Register
contact Vicki Montesano, PhD
[email protected]

Train your multidisciplinary team in the latest evidence-based, culturally competent practices for treating psychosis and schizophrenia.

Felton Institute is offering trainings in CBTp for behavioral health professionals serving adults and transitional age youth (TAY).

Our CBTp training is implemented with multi-disciplinary teams of four or more as part of a package that includes a pre-implementation planning meeting, structured administrative support, and an evaluation protocol to monitor effectiveness.

Trainings for CLinicians and Case Managers


Did you know?
CBTp does not focus on reducing the presence or frequency of psychotic symptoms but rather on reducing the distress asso-ciated with these symp-toms. This approach helps individuals appraise their experiences in new, and more helpful, ways.

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What is CBTp FLP?

CBTp for Front Line Providers (CBTp FLP) is an evidence-informed practice with proven effectiveness in reducing distress and functional deficits associated with psychotic symptoms. CBTp FLP targets symptoms and resulting impairments across the spectrum of psychosis. This model is for individuals ‘at-risk’ of developing psychosis (prodromal) to early onset (including first episode/first break), including people who have experienced chronic psychotic symptoms over many years. CBTp FLP focuses on high yield CBTp techniques appropriate for a wide range of providers including clinicians, case managers, and peer providers. These high yield behavioral approaches support better effectiveness in engagement, client centered care planning, and implementation of services. With CBTp,FLP clients experience greater outcomes, increased engagement in treatment, and a better understanding of their own experience. Providers experience an increase in meaningful interactions that sit within a structured framework. CBTp FLP allows all members of the treatment team to dip into a toolbox of techniques that can help people lower their perceived distress and increase functioning.

Did you know?
When working with psychotic symptoms using CBTp, clinicians draw upon a variety of skills, including working with depression, anxiety, sleep, hygiene, social skills, and trauma.

Training and Implementation Activities

  • Prior to Training: Mandatory Pre-Training Participant Survey
    To be completed electronically by all front line providers and supervisors in your organization.
  • One Month Prior to Training: Pre-Implementation Planning Meeting
    Will be completed via webinar or conference call.
  • Month 1: Training
    - Three day, in person training in CBTp FLP techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to both observe and then practice CBTp FLP techniques in a safe environment and will gain feedback from both peers and trainers. Front Line Providers and Supervisors are required to attend.
    - Supervisors will learn how to supervise to fidelity using a fidelity checklist and the Evidence-based Clinical Supervision Model developed by Derek Milne.
  • Post Training: Coaching
    - Supervisors and staff will join calls to support adoption of CBTp FLP and to problem solve issues that arise during clinical implementation. Participation in coaching is required.
  • Implementation Support
    Agency administrators join monthly calls to address logistical, technical, and other organizational or systemic challenges.
  • Evaluation Protocol
    Evaluation is deployed to monitor effectiveness of practice.
  • Data Driven Decision Making
    Collection of evaluation data is required by all participants. Providers are trained to use outcome data to drive practice.


For more information, please contact Robin Ortiz, Ph.D. at [email protected] or at (415) 474-7310.