The National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Early Serious Mental Illness (ESMI TTA Center): TA Center Resources and Practical Tools on Shared Decision-Making

Members of the new SAMHSA funded National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Early Serious Mental Illness (ESMI TTA Center) will (1) present an overview of the ESMI TTA Center’s work and activities and (2) provide practical tools, tips, and resources on Shared Decision Making in the context of working with people with early serious mental illnesses.   

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the resources and capabilities available through the ESMI TTA Centers for providers, policy makers, individuals, and families.  
  2. Understand what shared decision making is and how to do it. 
  3. Appreciate developmental considerations related to shared decision making.


About the Presenters:

Preethy George, PhD. (she/her) is a Principal Research Associate at Westat with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and more than 20 years of experience in mental health, early intervention, and public-sector behavioral health services for youth and young adults. Her work spans technical assistance, program evaluation, and the translation of clinical research to inform practice and behavioral health policy. Dr. George has played key roles on federally funded projects focused on early psychosis for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), which have involved working with early psychosis researchers, providers, advocacy groups, and service recipients and their families to advance early intervention services across the country. She currently serves as the Project Director for the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Early Serious Mental Illness (ESMI TTA Center).

Apruva Bhatt, M.D. (she/her) is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her role spans the General Adult Psychiatry Division, Child Psychiatry Division, and Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Division. Dr. Bhatt specializes in early psychosis evaluation and treatment. She currently provides clinical care in both the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Child INSPIRE early psychosis clinic and the Stanford Health Care INSPIRE clinic. She contributes to early psychosis program development in California (through EPI-CAL) and nationally (through PEPPNET/Westat). She is also co-chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Adolescent Psychiatry Committee and Early Psychosis work group. 

Shannon Pagdon, BA (she/they), is a joint masters/doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is a former Research Coordinator for EPINET New York State Psychiatric Institute. Shannon also does ongoing work with the EPICAL network. She is someone with lived experience of psychosis and has a background in peer support. She is the co-creator of Psychosis Outside the Box and is currently serving as the Vice President of lived experience research within IEPA. Within her graduate program, she studies under Dr. Nev Jones and is currently focusing on a qualitative in-depth examination into peer support nationwide. 

June 25, 2024
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