BeST Center

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis

The BeST Center offers expert training, consultation and other assistance in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-p), a person-centered, recovery-oriented, collaborative, structured and evidence-based approach for addressing psychotic illness symptoms and promoting mental health.


We believe CBT-p can help people with psychosis to live recovery: full, meaningful and satisfying lives. Recovery, as defined by SAMHSA and multiple other stakeholders, is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team members have found that using Cognitive Behavioral techniques for psychosis (CBt-p) empowers clients to achieve personal recovery goals.

When Betty began working with the ACT team, she lacked independence and had problems with hoarding. During the eight months that she and her case manager have been using CBt-p, Betty has taken an active role in setting the agenda and content of these sessions. She has also set goals to address her hoarding behaviors and to be more independent. In addition to getting rid of some of the things she had been hoarding, she also made a long trip by herself to pursue an employment opportunity.

John has been engaged in CBt-p with the ACT team for two years. When he first began with CBt-p, he often heard voices of gang members whom he believed were going to harm him. John’s case manager reported that John found the week CBt-p homework assignments, especially the voice diary, to be very helpful. As a result of using CBt-p strategies with his ACT team and case manager, John has achieved a personal recovery goal of exercising regularly, which he now does with a group of friends. He also feels more confident about moving into his own apartment.

**Individuals’ names have been changed to protect privacy.

What we do

Train providers and agencies in recovery-oriented care with skills informed by CBT-p so that they can:

  • Work effectively with individuals who experience psychosis to help them improve their lives; and
  • Develop a community/learning collaborative of CBT-p providers with methods for continuous learning, practice, feedback and support as well as
  • Help agencies to implement organizational supports that ensure clients have access to evidence-based services and that support mental health providers’ ability to apply these interventions to fidelity.


BeST Center CBT-p Training & Consultation

The BeST Center offers training and consultation in CBT-p interventions that individual practitioners and teams, such as first episode psychosis  and Assertive Community Treatment teams, can incorporate into clinical care. Both front-line personnel and therapists can be trained in strategies informed by CBT-p to help individuals address persistent psychotic symptoms.

To learn more about bringing the recovery-oriented benefits of CBT-p to the individuals served by your organization, contact or call 330.325.6397.

BeST Center CBT-p Request for Partners 2019*

CBT-p Partner Sites

Cuyahoga County

Holmes County

LAKE County


Summit County

Wayne County


For additional information and resources please visit CBT-p Resources


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