Coming Soon! New Webinars Focus on Early Psychosis; Mental Health Stigma

Coming Soon: Early Psychosis Webinar Series - Psychosis-Risk Stigma October 12 11am ET/10am CT/9am MT/8am PT


The Central East MHTTC will present Psychosis-Risk Stigma, the first of four 90-minute webinars led by Joseph DeLuca, Ph.D., on October 12. Dr. DeLuca, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Fairfield University (and voluntary faculty member at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), specializes in psychosis-risk and the early stages of psychosis. His 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.



Race-Based Stress and Psychosis
December 13, 2022 | 11:00 – 12:30 PM ET

Psychoeducation and Psychosis 
February 21, 2023 | 11:00 – 12:30 PM ET

Advances in Mental Health Stigma Reduction
May 3, 2023 | 11:00 – 12:30 PM ET


Dr. DeLuca’s Previous Central East MHTTC Webinars

Youth Mental Health Stigma
This webinar discusses ways to reduce stigma via a multipronged approach, including efforts that are youth-driven and have an intersectional lens.

Psychosis & Resilience
Resilience work has grown in the psychosis field (e.g., people diagnosed with, or at risk for, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders) – with goals of helping individuals cope with distressing mental health experiences, stigma, etc. This webinar covers some of the recent advances in this field, including recommendations related to direct clinical care, provider burnout, advocacy, and research.

What is Psychosis-Risk?
This presentation provides an introduction to the psychosis-risk period and broader psychosis spectrum, including discussion on the diversity of clinical presentations, screening/assessment tools and cultural considerations, evidence-based treatments, and specialized programs.

Early-Stage Psychosis "Basics": Screening and Referral
This webinar covers 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.

Combating Early Psychosis Stigma
This webinar defines early-stage psychosis and stigma, describe the most recent research in this area, and discuss ways to combat this stigma via a multipronged effort, which involves focusing on community members' attitudes and working clinically to help people living with mental illness cope with and combat this stigma.

Telehealth for Early-Stage Psychosis: COVID-19 and Beyond
This webinar examines telehealth considerations for youth in the early stages of psychosis. Related and complementary interventions for this group, including smartphone apps and other virtual interventions are also discussed.

Early Psychosis and the Justice System: Prevention and Intervention Strategies
This webinar highlights a population that has been a focus of early mental health intervention and justice involvement prevention -- youth in the early stages of psychosis. Research has found that criminal justice involvement for such youth is related to negative clinical and recovery outcomes. Participants will also learn about the unique needs of this population, the stigma faced by this group, and general prevention and intervention strategies.

Cultural Considerations in Early Psychosis Care
This webinar will highlight important cultural considerations (broadly defined) to integrate into early psychosis work, discuss how these factors have been addressed to date, offer practical suggestions, and propose next steps for the field.

Evidence-Based Early Psychosis Identification and Treatment
This webinar covers information on specific early warning signs and symptoms of psychosis-risk and psychosis, how to provide evidence-based early psychosis assessment and treatment/referral, and current target populations and special considerations in early psychosis work.

Additional Psychosis Resources

HeadsUp is a SAMHSA-funded collaborating organization whose mission is to help end the stigma around psychosis through education, advocacy, and support. They provide the following resources for educators/school personnel:

FLOWCHART FOR EARLY PSYCHOSIS SCREENING (for School and University Mental Health & Medical Staff)

EARLY PSYCHOSIS: A Guide for School & University Professionals

Early Psychosis in Students: A Guide for School Professionals

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