Education, Special Education, and Accommodations for Students with Psychosis: Working with Youth, Families, Teachers, and Schools

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.


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