The onset of early-stage psychosis experiences (e.g., experiencing subthreshold or full symptoms of delusions, hallucinations, disorganization, etc.) 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, lasts from 1-2 years on average. There is emerging evidence that with early identification and treatment, we can change the trajectory of psychosis and optimize the likelihood of recovery. This webinar will cover the "basics" of early-stage psychosis screening and referral, including information on specific early warnings signs and symptoms of psychosis-risk and psychosis, how to provide evidence-based and culturally sensitive early-stage psychosis screening, and how and where to refer youth and families. Practical tools and resources related to screening and referral will be provided.
Joseph DeLuca, Ph.D., is an NIMH-T32 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, specializing in psychosis-risk and the early stages of psychosis. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. DeLuca’s research and clinical interests include screening and treatment for psychosis-spectrum symptoms, particularly with youth and families, as well as stigma, the role of culture and context in psychosis, and the intersection of mental illness and the criminal justice system.
- 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
Who Should Attend?
Mental health professionals, school teachers/staff, mental health advocates, mental health graduate students, and others who work with/on behalf of youth diagnosed with mental illness.
Certificates of attendance will be available to viewers of 50% (45 minutes) or more of the live webinar (via email within 30 business days post-event). CEUs are not offered for this session. The webinar slide presentation and recording will be posted to the website.