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Additional Resources: Privilege Grouping.pdf Providing Culturally Responsive Care and Addressing Cross-Cultural Barriers in Early Psychosis.pdf Presented by: Marla Smith, MS, LMHP, LMHC Marla Smith has been an integral part of the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) since November 2020. Her primary role involves coordinating behavioral health training, particularly focusing on individuals diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. As a licensed Mental Health Counselor in both Nebraska and Iowa, Marla brings extensive experience, having worked directly with clients of all ages for nearly 20 years. Her approach emphasizes the importance of connection, meeting individuals where they are, and using respectful, trauma-informed communication to support positive change. Marla holds a Master's degree in Youth and Family Services from Bellevue University. Outside of work, she cherishes family time and indulges in crafting as a favorite pastime.  Learn more about this series: First Episode Psychosis Webinar Series & Learning Community
Published: October 25, 2023
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This clinical brief is intended to introduce mental health providers to the current understanding of culturally responsive care in early psychosis by providing an overview of culturally responsive tools and models for early psychosis (EP) care and highlighting the need for the continued development of a culturally responsive care (CRC) model within EP care.
Published: October 13, 2023
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Presented by: Marla Smith, MS, LMHP, LMHC Marla Smith has been an integral part of the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) since November 2020. Her primary role involves coordinating behavioral health training, particularly focusing on individuals diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. As a licensed Mental Health Counselor in both Nebraska and Iowa, Marla brings extensive experience, having worked directly with clients of all ages for nearly 20 years. Her approach emphasizes the importance of connection, meeting individuals where they are, and using respectful, trauma-informed communication to support positive change. Marla holds a Master's degree in Youth and Family Services from Bellevue University. Outside of work, she cherishes family time and indulges in crafting as a favorite pastime.  Learn more about this series: First Episode Psychosis Webinar Series & Learning Community
Published: September 29, 2023
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The South Southwest MHTTC Case Conceptualization Series for First Episode Psychosis (FEP) brought together FEP providers, including therapists, skills trainers, and team leaders, from across the south southwest region to learn about how case conceptualization can guide team-based, recovery-oriented FEP services. The three-part series included nine sessions and covered the basics of case conceptualization and three different evidence-based approaches for case conceptualization: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P), Culturally Informed Therapy for Schizophrenia, and Compassion Focused Therapy for Psychosis.
Published: July 5, 2023
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  ABOUT THIS EPISODE We speak with Dr. Lonnie Nelson about de-escalation in clinical settings using principles of rapid rapport building. GUEST Lonnie Nelson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor, Partnerships for Native Health, Eastern band Cherokee (AniKituwah)  Dr. Lonnie Nelson (descendant of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology at University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center. In 2012, he returned to the field of Native health disparities through the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Career Development Award (K12) at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Dr. Nelson joined the Washington State University College of Nursing in 2015. His work aims to address health disparities experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native communities through multiple avenues. His current research interests focus on the elimination of health disparities in urban dwelling and other Native populations through the application of culturally adapted evidence-based interventions and other patient centered approaches to changing health behaviors, such as indigenized motivational interviewing and harm reduction treatments. Outside of work, he enjoys making and using traditional Native archery gear and spending time with his 7-year-old daughter, Amelia.   HOST Christina N. Clayton, LICSW, SUDP, Northwest MHTTC Co-Director Christina Clayton has been working in the behavioral health field since 1993 working with people and programs addressing severe mental health issues, substance use, co-occurring issues, chronic homelessness, integrated care, outreach, physical health, trauma and diversity/equity/inclusion topics. Christina has education and licenses/credentials in clinical social work, mental health and substance use.  She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Instructor for the University of Washington School of Social Work (MSW ’97). Learn more about MHTTC Staff & Faculty   LEARN MORE Webinar recording, slides, & resources: "De-escalation: How to Approach Volatile Behavior in a Clinical Setting" PODCAST SERIES Discover other episodes in the Putting It Together series here. Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement
Published: July 3, 2023
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ABOUT THIS RESOURCE Learn about the free online courses from the Northwest MHTTC and from our wider MHTTC network on topics relevant to people working in the behavioral health field. Course topics include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Assertive Community Treatment, suicide prevention, clinical supervision, pharmacology, substance use disorders and treatment and more.     Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement
Published: May 22, 2023
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ABOUT THIS RESOURCE Learn about the research briefs, practice briefs, articles, and other publications from the Northwest MHTTC.     Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement
Published: May 22, 2023
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In March 2023, the South Southwest MHTTC hosted Dr. Jason Schiffman for the webinar “Education, Special Education, and Accommodations for Students with Psychosis: Working with Youth, Families, Teachers, and Schools.” The recording from this presentation and handouts can be viewed here. During this webinar, audience members brainstormed accommodations that might assist students with psychosis.     The following list was generated from those responses. This list can serve as a guide in identifying accommodations that may be helpful for you, a loved one, or someone you are working with. This list, however, is not meant to provide any requirements or recommendations for an individual student, as each student’s needs are unique.  
Published: April 24, 2023
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The South Southwest MHTTC hosted Dr. Charlie Heriot-Maitland who presented on Compassion Focused Therapy from April - June 2023. In these three sessions of the series, attendees were introduced Compassion Focused Therapy case conceptualization for young people in early psychosis programs. The series included both didactic and experiential components.   http://relatingtovoices.com/       This is the first video of The Engaging with Voices videos series. These videos are intended as inspiration and support for people interested in compassionate approaches to voices. Please find the entire series on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdzGLNoWU8c&t=1s.   Facilitator   Charlie Heriot-Maitland, PhD, DClinPsy I am a clinical psychologist, researcher, author, and trainer at Balanced Minds, UK (balancedminds.com). I have recently spent five years researching the application of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for people in United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) who are experiencing distress in relation to psychosis as an MRC Research Fellow at King’s College London and University of Glasgow. I provide CFT therapy, supervision, consultation, and training. I have run over a hundred various compassion training workshops both nationally and internationally, and have co-authored (with Eleanor Longden) a new self-help book for voice-hearers.     Email at [email protected]  
Published: April 24, 2023
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The South Southwest MHTTC hosted Dr. Amy Weisman de Mamani who presented on Culturally Informed Therapy for Schizophrenia (CIT-S) from January – March 2023. In these three sessions of the series, attendees were introduced to building a CIT-S case conceptualization for young people in early psychosis programs. The series included both didactic and experiential components.     Learning Objectives Conceptualize and treat people with schizophrenia and their family members using a systems framework that shifts blame away from any one person in the family system and instead helps the family view themselves as a team with shared mutual goals. Draw upon clients’ cultural, religious, and spiritual beliefs, traditions, and practices in helping them cope with symptoms of mental illness and live a healthier, happier life. Assist clients by helping them establish communication patterns and problem-solving skills that will allow them to better manage their mental health and advocate for themselves effectively and respectfully, in a manner that aligns with their cultural values.         Amy Weisman de Mamani, PhD Amy Weisman de Mamani is a Professor at the University of Miami and a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned her doctorate at The University of Southern California and completed her clinical internship at UCLA. Her research is focused on family and cultural factors that influence the course and outcome of serious mental illness. She has published approximately 100 manuscripts in areas related to culture and mental illness. In 2021, she published a treatment manual on her Culturally Informed Therapy for Schizophrenia, in the Treatments that Work Series by Oxford University Press. Her research has been funded by NIMH, The John Templeton foundation, APA, and other agencies. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Stanley Sue Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology by APA’s Division 12 (Clinical Psychology). In 2021, she received the Trailblazer Award from ABCT’s Psychosis and Schizophrenia Spectrum Special Interest Group. Visit Work Website View Curriculum Vitae View Flyer for Culturally Informed Therapy for Schizophrenia: A Family-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Approach, Clinician Guide Email at [email protected]  
Published: April 20, 2023
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The South Southwest MHTTC hosted Dr. Samantha Reznik who presented on Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P) from October – December 2022. In these three sessions of the series, attendees were introduced to case conceptualization and building a CBT-P case conceptualization for young people in early psychosis programs. The series included both didactic and experiential components.     Facilitator: Samantha Reznik, PhD       Samantha Reznik is a licensed clinical psychologist and Research Associate with the Advancing the Early Psychosis Intervention Network in Texas (EPINET-TX) project at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health (TIEMH), University of Texas at Austin. She has specialized training in providing recovery-oriented services to individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI) and other underserved populations. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona. She trained in Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P) at the Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICenter) in Tucson, Arizona. She completed an advanced clinical fellowship in rehabilitation and recovery for SMI at VA San Diego Healthcare System/University of California San Diego (VASDHS/UCSD), where she expanded her training in CBT-P and learned how to integrate Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R). She also completed a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded clinical internship at University of Kansas Medical Center to specialize in working with underserved populations. Visit Website Email at [email protected]  
Published: April 20, 2023
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The South Southwest MHTTC hosted this event on March 29, 2023. In this webinar, clinical psychologist Dr. Jason Schiffman provided information and tangible suggestions on how to effectively work with schools, families, and students on behalf of high school students with psychosis. Guided in part by features shared between supported employment and supported education, the importance of schools in the well-being and recovery of a young person with psychosis was highlighted. Schools have a variety of assets and limitations that will be discussed to help orient First Episode Psychosis (FEP) providers to effective strategies for supporting their youth and family.     Possible targets of action for providers include describing their role, reducing stigma against psychosis, providing psychoeducation, increasing safety (e.g., the threat of harm to self, bullying), instilling hope and optimism, developing a plan with the student and their family, and creating a team approach between all stakeholders. Federally mandated educational programs and regulations (e.g., IDEA, IEPs, 504s) were discussed, along with relevant accommodations for students.  
Published: March 31, 2023
Presentation Slides
The purpose of the Case Conceptualization for First Episode Psychosis (FEP) series is to introduce FEP therapists, skills trainers, and team leaders to three different case conceptualization approaches. In the first three sessions of this series, attendees learned the basics of building a Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P) case conceptualization. Please see attached for the presentation slides from Session 3, which took place on December 8, 2022.
Published: February 1, 2023
Presentation Slides
The purpose of the Case Conceptualization for First Episode Psychosis (FEP) series is to introduce FEP therapists, skills trainers, and team leaders to three different case conceptualization approaches. In the first three sessions of this series, attendees learned the basics of building a Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P) case conceptualization. Please see attached for the presentation slides from Session 3, which took place on December 8, 2022.
Published: February 1, 2023
Presentation Slides
The purpose of the Case Conceptualization for First Episode Psychosis (FEP) series is to introduce FEP therapists, skills trainers, and team leaders to three different case conceptualization approaches. In the first three sessions of this series, attendees learned the basics of building a Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P) case conceptualization. Please see attached for the presentation slides from Session 3, which took place on December 8, 2022.  
Published: January 31, 2023
Presentation Slides
The purpose of the Case Conceptualization for First Episode Psychosis (FEP) series is to introduce FEP therapists, skills trainers, and team leaders to three different case conceptualization approaches. In the first three sessions of this series, attendees learned the basics of building a Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P) case conceptualization. Please see attached for the presentation slides from Session 3, which took place on December 8, 2022. Understanding my experiences with CBTp Worksheet: Fillable Form
Published: January 31, 2023
Presentation Slides
The purpose of the Case Conceptualization for First Episode Psychosis (FEP) series is to introduce FEP therapists, skills trainers, and team leaders to three different case conceptualization approaches. In the first three sessions of this series, attendees learned the basics of building a Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P) case conceptualization. Please see attached for the presentation slides from Session 3, which took place on December 8, 2022. Understanding my experiences with CBT-P:  Fillable Form
Published: January 31, 2023
Curriculum Package
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.
Published: November 30, 2022
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The Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPINET) is a collaboration of over 100 early psychosis programs across the United States. All EPINET programs collect client data using the Core Assessment Battery (CAB), a collection of evidence-based measures that can assess domains relevant to individuals with early psychosis over time. The WebCAB is a new online data collection tool that makes it easier for clinicians to adopt CAB measures and use these data as part of their clinical practice. The state of Virginia recently adopted the WebCAB across all early psychosis programs within their state. The WebCAB allows Virginia to look at aggregate data across the state and provides CSC programs with an opportunity to compare their populations with others. Learn more about the CAB, WebCAB, and how even a subset of these measures can help enhance clinical interactions with clients and foster shared decision-making. This webinar is offered by the MHTTC Network, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPINET), PEPPNET, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Access the slides for this presentation here. View the recording by clicking the play button down below.
Published: September 30, 2022
Interactive Resource
This 2-hour self-paced course is designed to introduce the evidence-based practice of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) for ACT team members, and those who oversee ACT teams at various levels (e.g., agency, state). Covering the origins and philosophy, and core elements of high-fidelity ACT, this course provides an overview for those new to the model or who have limited experience with ACT. It can also be used as a 'refresher' training for existing team members. The model is discussed in application through three fictional ACT service recipients, that have been informed by decades of experience by the course creators, Lorna Moser, PhD (UNC), and Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD (UW).   Learning Outcomes Describe how ACT originated within the mental health system Identify the population for whom ACT is intended to serve Name at least 4 key features of ACT     List at least four team member roles within a fully staffed ACT team Describe the importance of fidelity to the ACT model   Certificate of Completion/Contact Hours Available  Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other health care providers may be eligible for CME or CEUs for completing the course. Retain your Certificate of Completion and verify its suitability for CME/CEUS with your licensing/credentialing entity.  The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620,WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.   Trainers     Lorna Moser, PhD, Lorna Moser, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Director of the Institute for Best Practice, Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health.         Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Co-Director of the SPIRIT Lab and the Washington State Center of Excellence in Early Psychosis.   Registration and Technical Support How to register for a course at HealtheKnowledge and how to get technical support This online course was created by the Northwest Region 10 Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Want more information? Visit the Northwest MHTTC's Resource Library and Websites by Topic  and sign up for our monthly newsletter for regular updates about events, trainings, and resources available to the Northwest region.
Published: August 3, 2022
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Opening Remarks Recording The 2022 South Southwest MHTTC First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Conference took place from June 1-3, 2022 both virtually and in-person in Austin, TX. Jennifer Baran-Prall and Samantha Reznik led opening remarks on June 1st. Opening remarks included the conference theme, considerations around accessibility, community guidelines, context for the conference, and information about the South Southwest MHTTC. Please watch the opening remarks to learn more about the vision and intentions for the 2022 South Southwest MHTTC FEP Conference.
Published: July 14, 2022
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Out of the Box Engagement Exercise Handout The Out of the Box Engagement Exercise was an opportunity for conference attendees to participate in collaborative dialogue across difference at the 2022 South Southwest MHTTC FEP Conference. Conference attendees were assigned to groups and asked to reflect on and submit ideas for re-envisioning engagement in the support of recovery. To learn more about what ideas conference attendees had during this collaborative dialogue group, please find the “Out of the Box Engagement” Exercise handout. The South Southwest MHTTC team organized the ideas by the themes: centering peer support, coordinating and deconstructing our systems, embedding care in community, funding and access, holistic/person-centered care, interventions for staff, particular interventions/next steps, public education, using technology to build community. Each theme includes a brief description.  
Published: June 30, 2022
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Virtual attendees during the 2022 South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Conference also had the opportunity to ask questions through the Q&A feature. Although many questions were answered during the time of the event, some questions were saved and answered by speakers after the event. The attached handout includes a list of questions that were answered by speakers in writing after the conference.   Q&A Handout
Published: June 30, 2022
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The 2022 South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Conference occurred from June 1st to June 3rd 2022 in a hybrid format, with approximately 150 in-person participants in Austin, TX, and 300 virtual participants. Conference attendees in the virtual format shared a number of resources in the chat box throughout the conference. The South Southwest MHTTC aggregated the following list of resources from comments from the chat box. Please note that the resources were recommended specifically by conference attendees and speakers and not by the South Southwest MHTTC. Please find the list of resources below:     Psychosis: Recovery and Discovery by Dr. Eleanor Longden:   Power Threat Meaning Framework   At the Intersections of Psychosis and Marginalization by Mx. Yaffa: Killing Rage by Bell Hooks My Gender is Black Article Black on Both Sides Histories of the Transgender Child Understanding Drapetomania   Family Member/Support Person Engagement During Care for FEP: Challenges and Strategies to Move Forward by Dr. Oladunni Olouwoye Cultural Formulation Interview   College Life with Psychosis: The Student Lived Experience Perspective by Students with Psychosis: DBT Workbook for Psychosis by Maggie Mullen 
Published: June 30, 2022
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