Sharing Successes: Celebrating First Episode Psychosis Transformation in the South Southwest Region

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Panel Summary

This panel presentation occurred during the 2022 South Southwest MHTTC First Episode Psychosis conference on June 2nd. Dr. Vanessa Vorhies Klodnick was the moderator of this session and panelists consisted of leaders from South Southwest Region 6 FEP programs.

Presentation Summary: There are few opportunities within traditional conference structures to celebrate individual and program level accomplishments that incrementally improve services. The “Sharing Successes Project” allowed multiple first episode psychosis (FEP) programs within the South Southwest region of the United States to share strengths at both an individual and systems level. Presenters share about program-level changes that sustain and transform recovery-oriented care in this region as well as transformation that they hope to see in FEP care in the future, inspiring further systems-level change.


About the Panelists



Dr. Vanessa Vorhies Klodnick (she/her/hers)

Director of Research & Innovation for Youth & Young Adult Services


Vanessa Vorhies Klodnick, PhD, LCSW, is a nationally-recognized expert in adapting and blending evidence-based practices for older youth and young adults, including IPS Supported Employment. Vanessa is the Director of Research & Innovation for Youth & Young Adult Services at Thresholds, the largest community mental health provider in Illinois, and a faculty affiliate at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. Vanessa has been involved in multiple projects across the country that enhance IPS and/or draw from IPS to improve community mental health provider engagement of, partnership and impact with vulnerable and marginalized young people with serious mental health conditions. Vanessa is currently overseeing the continuous quality improvement of multiple multidisciplinary teams designed for youth and young adults, all which include Supported Employment and Education Specialists.


Burke Center:

Roger Riley, Program Lead

Taylor Stevens

Trisha Jolly, STEP MHC Recovery Coach


Delinda Reese, Certified Family Partner

Emily Sanchez, Case Manager

Early First Episode Psychosis Program at UNM:

Ashley Park, Program Therapist


Alejandra Cuellar, Administrative Support Supervisor and Outreach Coordinator

Harris Center:

Anna Marshall, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)/Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA)

Integral Care:

Sanjhi Gandhi, Primary Clinician   

Tropical Texas:

Victoria Castaneda, Case Manager

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