BeST Center

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis

The BeST Center and Insight CBT Partnership collaborated to develop specific techniques that can yield positive results as part of routine clinical care and support. These techniques are called Cognitive Behavioral techniques for Psychosis (CBT-p), and they can be delivered by clinical as well as non-licensed direct care staff and others.

It is estimated that between 25 and 50 percent of the individuals affected by schizophrenia continue to experience delusions, hallucinations and other symptoms to varying degrees, despite taking antipsychotic medications as prescribed. Research has shown that when CBT-p is used in combination with antipsychotic medication, symptoms can be reduced and quality of life can improve.

Specifically, CBT-p has shown positive results:

  • reducing the symptoms of schizophrenia spectrum disorders,
    improving medication adherence,
  • promoting recovery,
  • reducing relapse rates and
  • decreasing the duration of hospital stays, should re-hospitalization be required.


“Stepped Care as an Implementation and Service Delivery Model for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis” by Sarah L. Kopelovich, Eric Strachan and BeST Center CBT-p Experts Harry Sivec and Valerie Kreider, published in the  Community Mental Health Journal, January 2019, provides detail on the BeST Center’s CBT-p implementation approach.

Treatment Locations

Cuyahoga County

  • The Centers for Families & Children

Holmes County

  • Counseling Center for Wayne and Holmes Counties

Summit County

  • Community Support Services

Wayne County

  • Counseling Center for Wayne and Holmes Counties


BeST Center

BeST Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center

Department of Psychiatry