Our Research and Practice Briefs

Research Brief: Integrated Care for Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness and Medical Comorbidity: Evidence-Based Models and Future Research Directions

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Older adults with serious mental illnesses (SMI), such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder experience greater barriers to preventive and routine health care, and often receive care that is fragmented and inadequate. This paper summarizes evidence-based integrated models of care that address the mental and physical health needs of older adults with SMI.


Research Brief: The Importance of Human Relationships, Ethics, and Recovery-Orientated Values in the Delivery of CBT for People with Psychosis

This brief summarizes research examining whether Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is able to meet the stated needs of individuals seeking mental health services. CBTp is an accepted evidence-based treatment aimed at reducing the distress and impairment associated with psychotic symptoms. CBTp has been incorporated in national Canadian and United States schizophrenia treatment guidelines.


Practice Brief: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Care for Early Psychosis

Efforts to improve the quality and population reach of services for psychosis underscore the need to provide culturally and linguistically responsive care (CLR). With an emphasis on early psychosis, this brief reviews clinical and organizational best practices to promote such care. Highlights of research findings that empirically support the need for CLR care are presented and largely focus on Latinx sub-populations. Implications for practice and research applicable to multiple service settings with varying service sectors are illustrated. 

Practice Brief: Cultural Considerations in Applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups with Serious Mental Illness

This practice brief is intended to help clinicians —particularly those who administer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for individuals with serious mental illness—to enhance their cultural awareness and incorporate culturally-relevant practices into their formulation and treatment approach.


Practice Brief: Supporting the Youth Peer Workforce

Peer support is fast emerging as a promising and widely endorsed addition to the array of mental health services available to young people experiencing serious mental health conditions. This practice brief offers strategies for supporting youth peer support specialists and addressing common challenges they face.

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Practice Brief: Effective Programs to Address Trauma in Schools

In the United States, children and adolescents are exposed to violence and other traumatic events at alarming rates. Numerous studies have documented the short-and long-term consequences of exposure to violence and other traumatic events on children and adolescents. This practice brief describes three of the most commonly used effective school-based interventions for trauma and the importance of creating a “trauma-informed” school community in order to optimize these interventions.