National Resources

EASA is excited by all of the recent national growth in the field of early intervention. The EASA Center for Excellence provides technical assistance to people looking to start their own programs. Resources are provided below.

    The Integration of Early Psychosis Services in a System of Care Framework: Opportunities, Issues, and Recommendations

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) Webinar Series

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    Dr. Kate Hardy, from the Stanford University Psychiatry and Behavioral sciences Department, introduces Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) in a three part webinar series. This series gives an overview of CBTp including the evidence-base supporting this approach. It presents different CBTp models and explores integration of these models or considerations when choosing which to implement. Cclinical case examples are presented for discussion and staff training modules reviewed for the integration of CBTp, combined with other approaches, into existing program interventions.

    You can download the slides for each session by clicking the links below
    CBTp Series Session 1 Slides
    CBTp Series Session 2 Slides
    CBTp Series Session 3 Slides

    Interested in CBTp? Here is another webinar: "Understanding Psychosis – Using Formulation to Develop Effective Interventions" >>

    Kate Hardy, Clin.Psy.D., April 20, 2018.

    This webinar recording is designed for intermediate level CBT clinicians and aimed at building on an existing knowledge-base through examination of different formulation techniques including collaborative development of formulation and team-based formulation. Clinicians were encouraged to submit de-identified case examples prior to the workshop for discussion during the webinar. Formulation is considered the cornerstone of CBT and is essential to helping the client, and therapist, understand the origin, and maintenance of their symptoms. In addition, formulation goes beyond understanding and informs effective interventions based on a thorough understanding of the client’s presenting problems. This formulation based approach is potentially even more critical when working with psychosis where symptoms, and associated behaviors, are often misunderstood, mislabeled, and mistreated.

    Differential Diagnosis Webinar Series

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    EASA Center for Excellence Clinical Driector, Dr. Ryan Melton, provides a four-part training series on Differential Diagnosis of Psychosis. This series gives an overview of the differential diagnosis process, approaches to it considering a client history of substance use and/or trauma, and presents strategies for initial engagement, and maintaining engagement, with individuals and families in early psychosis programs.

    You can download the slides for each session by following the links below
    Differential Diagnosis Session 1 Slides
    Differential Diagnosis Session 2 Slides
    Differential Diagnosis Session 3 Slides
    Differential Diagnosis Session 4 Slides

    You now can remotely earn CEUs from the Portland State University Graduate School of Social Work by watching the Differential Diagnosis Webinar Series!

    *The EASA Center for Excellence charges a $100 handling fee for CEUs awarded to non-EASA staff

    • Step one: Watch the complete four-part series
    • Step two: Take the online quiz to test your knowledge
    • Step three: Once you pass the quiz, send $100 by check (made out to Portland State University), to EASA Center for Excellence, 1600 SW 4th Avenue Suite 900, Portland, OR 97201
    • Step four: Once we receive your passed exam and fee, we will send a certificate for CEUs to you within 5 business days.

    Starting Early Psychosis in Wyoming Webinar Series

    In Spring 2016, EASA Center for Excellence Director, Tamara Sale, MA, and Clinical Director, Dr. Ryan Melton, Phd, created a four-part webinar series as a consultation for the launch of an early psychosis intervention program similar to EASA in the state of Wyoming.
    We're sorry, the slideshows for these recordings are currently unavailable
    Recording - Session 1: The Promise and Opportunity of Early psychosis Intervention
    Recording - Session 2: Learning the Early Signs of Psychosis
    Recording - Session 3: Treating Psychosis Early - Best Practices for Administrators and Clinicians
    Recording - Session 4: Creating a System That Works for People with Psychosis

    Introduction to Psychosis Risk Syndrome Webinar Series

    In 2017, Clincal Director for the Yale University School of Medicine PRIME Clinic, Dr. Barbara Walsh, provided an overview and introduction to the Psychosis-Risk Syndrome and implications for the field.

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    PART ONE | Watch the Webinar Recording >>
    PART TWO | Watch the Webinar Recording >>

    NTTAC webinar on Metabolic Disorder

    Metabolic Disorder is a common and life-threatening condition among individuals in the early stages of psychotic illness. This webinar reviewed the causes, signs and symptoms and health effects of Metabolic Disorder, monitoring guidelines, the role of medication prescribing, and current research for preventing and mitigating Metabolic Disorder. Dr. Douglas Noordsy and Dr. Jacob Ballon of Stanford University presented.

    Watch the Webinar Recording >>
    Download the PowerPoint Slides >>

    NTTAC webinar on Effective Clinical Supervision in Psychosis

    Clinical supervision is an essential but often overlooked need for early psychosis dissemination. "Effective Clinical Supervision in Early Psychosis Programs", with Dr. Ryan Melton, explored the critical role of clinical supervision of early psychosis teams, effective supervision strategies, and common challenges.

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    NTTAC webinar on Systems of Care and Early Psychosis Intervention

    This webinar focused on state and local decision makers and advocates involved with Systems of Care and/or Early Psychosis Intervention. Presenters discussed how to increase the understanding of how integrating these efforts conceptually and operationally can better meet the needs of youth and young adults with early psychosis, and provided specific steps communities can take to begin to integrate their efforts for more synergy and better outcomes.

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    NTTAC webinar on Positive Practices for Working With Psychosis

    This webinar introduces the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis model and discussed each of the five components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) informed skills, and drew upon case examples to demonstrate these skills in a real world setting. CBTp informed interventions refer to interventions that have been developed specifically for front line providers working with individuals with a psychotic disorder beyond the traditional outpatient therapy clinic. This arose from a recognition that front line providers often have the most face to face contact with clients but typically have the least exposure to psychosocial interventions. The Positive Practices for working with Psychosis model brings together a combination of CBTp informed skills that front line providers can use in their work with individuals in a variety of settings to support their existing practice.

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    NTTAC Early Psychosis Sustainability Call: Local Strategies

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    Original call: March 15, 2017
    EASA Center for Excellence Director Tamara Sale hosts a conference call around sustainability for Early Psychosis Intervention programs at the local level. Participants include program staff and other stakeholders across the United States.
    You can download a Word doc with a few sustainability resources to get started.

    See also: NTTAC Early Psychosis Sustainability Call: State & National Strategies (below).

    NTTAC Early Psychosis Sustainability Call: State and National Strategies

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    Original call: April 7, 2017
    EASA Center for Excellence Director Tamara Sale hosts a conference call around sustainability for Early Psychosis Intervention programs at the state and national levels.

    You can view and download references mentioned in this call below:
    PowerPoint slideshow
    State Advocacy Guide for FEP (NAMI)
    FEP Fact Sheet for Legislators & Governers (NAMI)
    Tip Sheet: What is Early and First-Episode Phychosis? (NAMI)
    Tip Sheet: Early Psychosis: What's Going On and What Can You Do? (NAMI)
    Tip Sheet: Encouraging People to Seek Help for Early Psychosis (NAMI)
    Tip Sheet: Early Intervention: Tips for School Staff and Coaches (NAMI)
    The Business Case for Preventing Behavioral Health Problems and Promoting Emotional Well-Being (NASMHPD)
    NASMHPD Technical Assistance Programs webpage (see more info by hovering over "Technical Assistance" in the blue header bar)
    Dale Jarvis & Associates payment reform resources
    NASMHPD | NAMI | EASA | PEPPNET | One Mind Care Connect (formerly Partners 4 Strong Minds)

    Serving Early Psychosis Populations: Evidence-Based Practices and Systems Welcome and Introductions

    EASA Center for Excellence Director, Tamara Sale, was a key note speaker at the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence's symposium at UC Davis May 1, 2017.

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    The Early Psychosis Intervention Program Directory

    EASA and the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Healthcare (FEMHC) are proud to announce the fifth edition release of the Early Psychosis Intervention Program Directory. The purpose of this directory is to create a database and directory of early intervention programs for psychosis within the U.S. It is available on the FEMHC Online Library. The updates reflect the rapidly expanding national movement towards increasing access to early intervention services. We are excited to see new programs are developing in many states. We welcome coordination and outreach with our new national partners and allies.

    We hope that this directory will help facilitate referrals and establish ongoing networking, information sharing and collaboration across programs. We also hope that it will be a resource for individuals experiencing psychosis and their families, clinicians, and allies to find mental health services in their area. The directory is up-to-date as of October 2015, but its relevance may change as programs do. For more information, please contact us.

    This on-line toolkit assembles sample materials and procedural descriptions to support new programs implementing early psychosis. We are currently reorganizing this page into a different format and we will continue to expand this resource as more materials are developed.