First Episode Psychosis Webinar Series & Learning Community

Webinars

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Individuals with First-Episode Psychosis

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  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for individuals with psychotic disorders. In this presentation, we will review CBT strategies to address common symptomatic concerns experiences by individuals with psychosis, including positive symptoms, negative symptoms, depressed mood, and anxiety.

Presented by:

Breitborde

Dr. Nicholas Breitborde is Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University and Director of the OSU Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER). He serves as a Content Area Expert for the Global Burden of Disease Study and is a member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Serious Mental Illness/Severe Emotional Disturbances. To date, his research has been cited over 40,000 times and has been funded by agencies such as the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

What Providers Need to Know to Address Cannabis in Early Psychosis Care

October 2, 2023 | 12 PM CT

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  • Up to one-third of individuals experiencing early psychosis use cannabis and one in four meet criteria for a cannabis use disorder. Cannabis use is associated with multiple devastating outcomes, including relapse, rehospitalization, increased psychotic symptoms, reduced treatment engagement and medication adherence. Cannabis is considered the most preventable cause of psychosis relapse. This presentation will disentangle some of the myths and facts of cannabis such as, “Is cannabis addictive?” and provide contextual information for how cannabis has changed since legalization of a retail market. The rationale and importance of addressing cannabis use in psychosis treatment informed by the current science will be reviewed. Best practices for cannabis assessment and consequences will be briefly described including the challenges posed by retail cannabis markets and products. Motivational enhancement therapy for cannabis misuse, an evidence-based practice, will be presented.

Presented by:

Denise Walker

Denise Walker is a Research Professor at the University of Washington, Director of the Innovative Programs Research Group and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico, completed her predoctoral internship at Yale University and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington.  A main area of her research expertise is on the development and evaluation of interventions for cannabis use disorders for both adults and adolescents, utilizing brief interventions (Motivational Enhancement Therapy, MET), longer courses of treatment (MET+CBT), and aftercare. She has been involved in the development and evaluation of the Teen Marijuana Check-Up (TMCU), a school-based intervention to elicit self-referral by heavy using adolescents.  The TMCU has been the focus of five clinical trials and is identified as an “Evidence Based” intervention on the NREPP.  For the past three years, Dr. Walker has been applying her work to psychosis populations and is currently the PI of two grants focused on the adaptation of MET to address cannabis use among young adults with psychosis.


Learning Community

Our First Episode Psychosis Learning Community meets virtually on the fourth Tuesday of every month. This community is closed to select participants.

First Episode Psychosis Learning Community (August Session) | Destigmatizing Mental Illness in Young Adults

August 22, 2023

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First Episode Psychosis Learning Community (September Session) | Emerging Practices and Interventions

September 26, 2023

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First Episode Psychosis Learning Community (October Session) | Cultural Linguistic and Appropriate Services (CLAS)

October 24, 2023

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Additional Resources:

First Episode Psychosis Learning Community (November Session): Taking Care of Healthcare Providers: An Introduction to the Adult Resilience Curriculum

November 28, 2023

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First Episode Psychosis Learning Community (December Session): Implementing Peer Support Specialists in a First Episode Psychosis Program

December 19, 2023

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First Episode Psychosis Learning Community (January Session): Building Connections to Increase Awareness of Early Episode Psychosis Programs in Primary Care

January 24, 2024

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First Episode Psychosis Learning Community (February Session): Family Psychoeducation for Individuals Caring for Relatives with Psychosis​

February 8, 2024

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First Episode Psychosis Learning Community (February Session): Family Psychoeducation for Individuals Caring for Relatives with Psychosis​

February 8, 2024

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First Episode Psychosis Learning Community (March Session): Teaming and Collaboration: Connecting Schools and Communities

March 26, 2024

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