Feasibility and Usefulness of Training Assertive Community Treatment Team in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Individuals with Serious mental illness require psychosocial treatments as adjunct to pharmacotherapy to promote recovery. An ACT team was trained in CBT interventions and charts were reviewed to identify sessions where CBT was utilized. Subjects who received at least 3 sessions of CBT went from 10% before training to 44% after training and 54% in the follow up period. All team members including bachelor’s level staff provided CBT interventions. Results show that ACT Team members including those at bachelor’s level can be trained in CBT and they utilize these interventions after training is completed.

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The authors thank SBCS Inc for access to data, Crystal Scaffidi for helping in data collection and Faith Dickerson for her review of the manuscript and critical comments.

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Pinninti, N.R., Fisher, J., Thompson, K. et al. Feasibility and Usefulness of Training Assertive Community Treatment Team in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Community Ment Health J 46, 337–341 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-009-9271-y

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  • Assertive community team
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Serious mental illness
  • Case management
  • Psychosocial treatments
  • Evidence based practice and outcomes