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Dr. Michael Best

Psychologist (Canada)

Dr. Michael Best is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto, Affiliate Scientist at Ontario Shores Center for Mental Health Sciences, and Collaborator Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Dr. Best’s research focuses on cognitive mechanisms underlying experiences of psychosis and innovating cognitive behavioural therapies for psychosis. He has co-developed a novel cognitive treatment for internalized stigma, called BOOST, that focuses on helping people with a first episode of psychosis overcome internalized stigma. He has also conducted clinical trials of remotely delivered CBT for psychosis, and examined mechanisms of change during CBTp. Dr. Best is a member of the steering committee for the North American CBTp Network and an executive officer for the Canadian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.


Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis

Psychosis is one of the most serious and persistent mental health conditions. In order to effectively treat individuals experiencing psychosis, clinicians must be able to discuss psychotic symptoms in a normalized and recovery-oriented manner.

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