Webinar: Improving Your Practice - A Primer on First Episode Psychosis


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A Primer on First Episode Psychosis: Where To Begin Improving Your Practice?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time

Many young people have their first experience with serious mental and/or substance use disorders during the ages of 16 to 25. While this period of development can be an effective launch into a solid adulthood, often transition-age youth (TAY) face increased challenges and risks, needing services and supports they may no longer be eligible to receive or know how to find.

This second webinar in the Recovery to Practice series on recovery-oriented clinical treatment and support for TAY will:

  • Describe first episode psychosis.
  • Present an overview of current research on treatment models, such as the National Institute of Mental Health's Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project.
  • Examine the different aspects of coordinated specialty care treatments and supports for young people who are experiencing first episode psychosis.
  • Explore how practitioners can make concrete changes in services to better meet the needs of youth and their families today.

Featured Presenter:

Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research within the Department of Psychiatry. She also directs the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Dixon oversees the implementation of evidenced-based practices for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness activities for the New York State Office of Mental Health. She leads the innovative program, OnTrackNY, a New York State initiative designed to improve outcomes and reduce disability for young people who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Dr. Dixon's work has joined individuals engaged in self-help, outpatient psychiatric care, and clinicians and policymakers in collaborative research endeavors. Dr. Dixon also serves on the Steering Committee for SAMHSA's Recovery to Practice project.

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