University of Washington Department of Psychiatry And Behavioral Sciences

Family & Caregiver Support Programs

Psychosis REACH

Recovery by Enabling Adult Carers at Home

A Training for Relatives and Friends in CBT-Informed Skills for Psychosis

When people develop a serious mental health condition, the stress related to coping with the illness, a new diagnosis, and getting the right care can be overwhelming for those affected as well for their family members. Family members and other loved ones play a critical role in recovery from psychotic disorders, but oftentimes they don’t know how to be supportive, are unsure of what words to use, and are ill-equipped to help.

The Psychosis REACH Training:

Psychosis REACH is a free, one-day training that offers concrete, evidence-based skills for relatives and friends of individuals with psychotic disorders to better care for and relate to their loved ones. It takes a proven psychotherapy for people with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and modifies it to the needs of caregivers. Participants will learn:    

  • Normalizing and making sense of psychosis
  • Evidence-based coping strategies
  • Key caring principles
  • Communication practices
  • Working with medication
  • Relapse prevention strategies

Training Resources

For your reference, attached below are resources from the Psychosis REACH training. For further information and resources on CBTp for psychosis, please visit our resources page.


The Trainers:

Douglas Turkington is a Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at Newcastle University, UK. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy based at Philadelphia, USA. He originally worked as a general psychiatrist specializing in psychotic disorders and then as a liaison psychiatrist with an interest in suicide prevention and the psychoses linked to epilepsy. In 1990, along with Professor Kingdon, he developed and piloted a normalizing treatment with allied CBT techniques for use with schizophrenia. Recently published books include a manual describing how to include compassion based therapy, mindfulness and ACT within the cognitive model and a book on cultural aspects of CBT for psychosis. Currently he is working on the linguistics of thought disorder and voice hearing and on developing and implementing CBT informed caring for schizophrenia with the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.


Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D, is a Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University and California Licensed Psychologist who has specialized in working with individuals with psychosis for over 15 years in both research and clinical settings. Dr. Hardy received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at UC, San Francisco. She is the Clinical Director of the INSPIRE clinic and Section Chief of Specialty Clinics at Stanford University and provides psychosocial interventions for individuals with psychosis and their families. She co-leads the Prodrome and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET) and is co-chair of the Training and Technical Assistance workgroup for PEPPNET. Dr. Hardy provides training and consultation to clinicians in CBT for psychosis and has developed CBTp informed models of treatment for front line providers and primary caregivers.