The results are based on the first meta-analysis assessment of whether CBTp helps people diagnosed with schizophrenia in multiple areas of their lives beyond their symptoms.
However, to date, there has been little evaluation of the effectiveness of CBTp on non-symptomatic outcomes in schizophrenia, the researchers stated.
Louis Delgado (Oneida), who attended the seminar and became the first director of the CBTP, recalled:
An initial advance of $3,000 from the United Way of Chicago provided NAES College with the funds to hire Delgado to begin planning the CBTP. Assisted by two NAES College students, Beatrice Chevalier (Menominee) and Florence Dunham (Mohawk), Delgado worked with representatives from ten American Indian organizations to establish an advisory board and write the by-laws of the CBTP that operated under the auspices of NAES College (Delgado 1980a).
From the start, NAES College established the CBTP as a versatile educational initiative.
The educational structure of the CBTP included five-week seminars, full-day seminars, summer institutes, and independent workshops.
From the perspectives of an independent evaluator, Delgado, the Advisory Board, and participants, the CBTP met or exceeded its initial goals during its first year, and--perhaps more importantly--began to build a unity among American Indian organizations through the process (Wilson 1981).
One of the most important outcomes of the CBTP was the formation of a community-wide conference in 1981.
The CBTP used the historic 1961 American Indian Chicago Conference (AICC) as a model for CAICOC, and consequently CAICOC shared many attributes of the AICC in its design (Delgado 2008).
Sol Tax, who served as an advisor for NAES College, advocated that the CBTP publish such a document, for it attested to the growing unity among American Indians in Chicago and their resolve to address their needs cooperatively (NAES 1981b).
In this way, the CAICOC steering committee became an extension of the primary goals of the CBTP and--it can be argued--surpassed them.