Upcoming Courses

Consultation Group: ACT and CBT for Early Psychosis or Clinical High Risk

January 7, 2021 – March 18, 2021 | video-conference | virtual

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation:

Institute for Training in Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment

Consultation Group: ACT and CBT for Early Psychosis or Clinical High Risk

Expand your skills and help your clients in their recovery!

There is a growing evidence base for the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based treatments (including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for youth experiencing early psychosis or signs of clinical high risk. This online consultation group is for clinicians working with youth with early psychosis or at clinical high risk who are hoping to increase skills in using CBT and ACT for psychosis in their work. Consultation groups will be limited to no more than 6 participants and meet twice monthly for three months.  Participants must be independently licensed mental health professionals with some experience working with youth with early psychosis or clinical high risk.  Participants will receive resources for asynchronous learning and will have opportunities to share de-identified information about their ongoing work with clients during the live video-sessions.  Consultation groups also provide opportunities for networking and connecting with other professionals working with youth experiencing early psychosis or signs of clinical high risk for psychosis.  (Please note: these are not supervision sessions — participants must be independently licensed) 

About Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian

Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian has almost 20 years of experience treating youth and families impacted by early psychosis or clinical high risk.  She practices from an acceptance and commitment therapy and self-compassion perspective, helping clients identify their values and take action to get unstuck and develop richer, fuller, and more meaningful lives.  She also has expertise in providing treatments for reducing the impact of trouble with attention, memory and organization on daily functioning of teens and young adults experiencing signs of early psychosis.  Additionally, Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian has extensive experience providing counseling and psychoeducation to families adjusting to the recent development of mental illness in a loved one.

Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian is the Clinical Director of the CEDAR Clinic, a coordinated specialty stepped clinic for youth at clinical high risk for psychosis.  She has conducted research on the development of effective treatments for youth and families. She is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has supervised dozens of clinicians in training in ACT and CBT.  In 2019, she was received the “Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring” from the BIDMC Psychiatry Department.  Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


Registration and cost:

Six, 1-hour group consultation sessions (every other Thursday at 4 EST beginning Jan 7, 2021).  Participants will be given 3 months of access to recordings of the sessions and a resources folder with materials to use in clinical practice.

For additional information, and to sign up, please fill out the form at this link (you will then be emailed information about how to register):

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