The use of cognitive behavioural therapy with people with schizophrenia



  • The role of cognition as one aspect of the stress-vulnerability model of schizophrenia is discussed, and the use of cognitive therapy reviewed.
  • A holistic approach to the development of schizophrenia is explored.
  • The stress vulnerability model is explained and the way in which individuals suffering from schizophrenia are vulnerable to attentional, perceptual and cognitive difficulties, are discussed.
  • Using case examples, it is demonstrated that the use of cognitive behavioural techniques can be used by nurses to effectively reduce client problems associated with schizophrenia.