This webinar will help mental health providers (and trainees) better understand the early stages of psychosis, including best practices for screening and referral. The onset of early-stage psychosis experiences generally occurs between the ages of 15-25, making adolescence and young adulthood critical periods for intervention. The duration of untreated psychosis (i.e., the time from onset of symptoms to treatment), however, is still close to one year for most people. Thankfully, there is emerging evidence that with early identification and treatment, we can change the trajectory of psychosis and optimize the likelihood of recovery. Practical tools and resources related to screening and referral will be provided during this event.
- Define psychosis and early-stage psychosis
- List two common screening tools for early-stage psychosis experiences, as well as important cultural considerations
- Identify specialized referral sources for early-stage psychosis
- Cite newly published research in this area (e.g., barriers to care, stigma reduction)
Joseph S. DeLuca, PhD is a clinical psychologist with expertise in youth mental health (adolescents and young adults), the early stages of psychosis, and stigma. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Fairfield University, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.