Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Psychosis Module



The module is delivered in association with University of Galway & HSE to help build capacity for the National Clinical Programme in Early Intervention Psychosis (EIP). It consists of a series of five two-day workshops covering the main theoretical and practical aspects of delivering CBT for psychosis (CBTp).

Assessment includes both clinical and theoretical competence via taped sessions and a case study.

Indicative Topics that will be covered during the module will consist of:

  • Assessment and Formulation in CBT for Psychosis.
  • CBTp targeting positive and negative symptoms.
  • CBTp targeting anxiety, mood and distress.
  • CBT for problems with sleep and substance misuse in psychosis.
  • Understanding and responding to cognitive difficulties in Psychosis.
  • CBTp focusing on social recovery.
  • Trauma-informed CBT for psychosis.
  • CBT for relapse prevention.

In addition to direct teaching which is delivered over 9 months, approximately 1 day per week should be spent on meeting the course requirements as follows:

  • Requirement to see 3 CBTp cases with one seen for a minimum of 10 sessions.
  • Requirement to complete one case study.
  • Requirement to attend for monthly CBTp supervision.
  • Requirement to submit session audio recordings to your supervisor for rating and clinical skills development using the Cognitive Therapy Scale – Revised (CTS-R).

In person training will be facilitated in the Centre for Learning & Development in St James’s Hospital. The certificates of completion will be awarded by the Department of Psychiatry in Trinity College Dublin.

Course Details

Next Intake

Autumn 2024

Course Director

Professor Gary Donohoe, Professor of Psychology, University of Galway

Dr Craig Chigwedere, Assoc. Prof in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Trinity College, Dublin

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Course Fees


To date, a number of places have been funded through the HSE, and an expression of interest call for funded places is arranged by Rhona Jennings, Programme Manager, HSE National Clinical Programmes, Mental Health. Funding for nurses may also be available through their regional NMPDU. To apply directly for an unfunded place send your CV and a short cover letter to by the 1st June 2024.


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