The Early First Episode Psychosis Program at the University of New Mexico's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences provides multidisciplinary, recovery-oriented, and coordinated specialty care for young adults experiencing a first episode of psychosis (FEP). Members of the Early team will present best practices for (i) initial engagement, assessment, and family involvement, (ii) psychosocial interventions, and (iii) pharmacological treatment when working with Latinx youth experiencing psychosis for the first time. The curriculum is designed for clinicians across different disciplines who may be in contact with this population in their daily work and providing mental health services (Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatric PAs, PCPs, social workers, psychologists, school counselors, etc.).
The following manual provides clinicians from differing backgrounds and disciplines with information on Hispanic and Latinx youth experiencing a first episode of psychosis (FEP). The main objectives include:
Providing an overview of the current literature regarding early psychosis specific to Hispanic and Latinx youth and differences with the rest of the United States population.
Discussing clinician growth and awareness in their ability to assess and explore cultural/ethnic identity, engage clients and families, and build rapport.
Reviewing current evidence-based psychosocial and pharmacological interventions for FEP and applicability to this unique population.