Objective. To present a psychotherapeutic program designed for patients after the first episode ofpsychosis.
Review. Early intervention in psychotic disorders is an important predictor of recovery. In the study the context of the first episode psychosis was described. The STOPP Program (Systematic Treatment of Persistent Psychosis) - a proposition of cognitive-behavioural therapy in the first episode psychosis was outlined and discussed. The theoretical model and basic assumptions of cognitive-behavioural therapy were presented. The following phases of the STOPP program were discussed in detail: (I) developing a collaborative working relationship; (II) exploring and coping with psychosis; (III) strengthening the capacity to relate to others; and (IV) finishing and moving on. Therapeutic interventions during each phase were characterized.
Conclusions. The treatment of psychoses includes pharmacotherapy and psychosocial interventions (i.e. psycho- and sociotherapy). The provision of only one, isolated form of treatment turns out to be insufficient to attain the patient's complete recovery, therefore inclusion of psychotherapeutic interventions is advisable. The paper draws attention, firstly, to the cognitive-behavioural therapy efficacy in reducing psychotic symptoms, and secondly, to early intervention benefits.