Recovery and Meaning Making in Metacognitive Psychotherapy for Psychosis

Friday, April 12, 2019
The Crestview Country Club 
Agawam, MA
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
6 CE Contact Hours

Paul H. Lysaker, PhD 
Course Description

This workshop presents a treatment that assists people diagnosed with psychosis to make their own personally meaningful sense of the psychiatric and social challenges they face and ultimately direct their own recovery. This approach, Metacognitive Insight Reflection Therapy,  is an integrative form of individual psychotherapy that can be adapted by trained psychotherapists from a variety of  orientations,  including humanistic, cognitive behavior, and psychodynamic. The research basis and key elements of this therapy will be presented.

Learning Objectives - at the end of this workshops, participants will be able to:  

1) Differentiate two ways in which the concept of metacognitive is different from the related terms of social cognition.

2) Explain how metacognitive could be a barrier to  the formation of a personally meaningful idea of psychiatric challenges for adults with psychosis

3) Explain how enhanced metacognitive capacity can help persons with psychosis direct their own recovery.

4)  Recognize the 8 elements which define Metacognitive Insight and Reflection Therapy

5) Describe evidence from randomized trials and qualitative studies which suggest adults with psychosis may accept and benefit from Metacognitive Insight and Reflection Therapy?

Paul H. Lysaker, PhD, is a clinical psychologist? with more than 30 years of experience in the provision and study of psychological services for adults with serious mental illness. He is currently a professor of Clinical Psychology in the department of psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a staff psychologist at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Lysaker is an author of more than 440 peer reviewed papers concerning wellness, psychotherapy and recovery from serious mental illness and is the author of Recovery, Meaning-Making, and Severe Mental Illness: A Comprehensive Guide to Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy, recently published by Routledge. His current interests include long-term psychological treatments which assist adults with serious mental illness to make sense of the psychiatric and real world challenges they face and decide how to best direct their own personally meaningful recovery.

Schedule and Course Outline
Friday, April 12, 2019
The Crestview Country Club, Agawam, Massachusetts

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and Coffee
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM Discussion of the concept of metacognition as the processes which enable a sense of self to be available within the flow of life. Presentation of research evidence suggesting that disability in serious mental illness may emerge in the face of metacognitive deficits which interfere with making sense of life challenges and deciding how to manage them.        
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break & Refreshments
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Description of the basic requirements of an integrative psychotherapy which can enhance metacognitive function among adults with serious mental illness. Description of the creation. principles and 8 key elements of Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy (MERIT) which can address metacognitive deficits.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch at the Crestview, included with your registration
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Implementing the elements of MERIT and measuring therapist adherence. Discussion of early, middle, and later phases of MERIT and assessment of outcome. 
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break and Refreshments
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Common barrier to and supports needed for mastery of MERIT. Research supporting the acceptability and efficacy of MERIT.
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Questions and Answers