A Clinicians Guide to First Episode Psychosis for Latinx Youth

Early First Episode Program at the University of New Mexico's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences provides multidisciplinary and recovery-oriented Coordinated Specialty Care to young adults experiencing a first episode of psychosis (FEP). Members of the Early team will present on 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 presentation will be targeted for clinicians from across disciplines who may encounter this population in their daily work (Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatric PAs, PCPs, social workers, psychologists, school counselors, etc.).

Who should attend? This is intermediate level workshop designed for psychologists, mental health counselors, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatric PAs, PCPs, social workers, psychologists, graduate students, and other mental health professionals working with Hispanic and Latinx populations.


About the presenters: 


Mauricio Tohen, MD, DrPH, MBA-Mauricio Tohen, MD, DrPH, MBA is University Distinguished Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque NM, USA. Dr. Tohen was born and raised in Mexico City. He earned his medical degree from the National University of Mexico and his Doctorate in Public Health (Epidemiology) from Harvard University (1988). His postdoctoral training included a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (1979-1982) where he also obtained a DPsych (Diploma) in Psychiatric Research, and a fellowship at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Psychopharmacology (1982-1985). Dr. Tohen also obtained an MBA degree from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business. Dr. Tohen was the Clinical Director of the Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders Program at McLean Hospital (1988-1997). In 1997 he joined Lilly Research Laboratories where he reached the senior most scientific rank of Distinguished Lilly Scholar. From 2009-2013 he was the Head of the Division of Mood & Anxiety Disorders and the Krus Endowed Tenured Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio. He has been recognized professionally, has received several grants and his work has been published in professional journals.



Bess Friedman,MSc-After completing her Masters of Science in Early Intervention in Psychosis from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, Bess returned to the U.S. to assist in the development and evaluation of Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) programs for First Episode Psychosis. Bess moved to New Mexico in the fall of 2018 where she continues her work in evaluation and development for the Early First Episode Program at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Psychiatry Community Behavioral Health Division as a Program Specialist.



Dawn Halperin, MA, LPCC, CPRP-Dawn Halperin is a strengths-based psychotherapist in Albuquerque, NM. Dawn has worked as a clinician and director for several agencies serving different populations for the past 20 years and has been in private practice for over 15. Dawn is currently with the University of New Mexico’s Early First Episode Program serving as its director and lead clinician.



Please read the following before registering: 

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  • Audio for the event is accessible via the internet. To receive audio, attendees must join the event by using computers equipped with speakers or dial in via telephone. 

  • After registration, a confirmation email will be generated with instructions for joining the event. To avoid problems with log-in, please use the confirmation email to join the event.  


Starts: Feb 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Ends: Feb 26, 2021 1:30 pm
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