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Treatment and Support Resources for Providers


Information on evidence-based, evidence-informed, or promising models of care, fidelity, treatment, psychoeducation, peer and family support, discharge/transition planning, and engagement strategies for enrollment and retention.


First Episode Psychosis Webinar Series
This webinar series covers a range of topics related to First Episode Psychosis including: Advances in Mental Health Stigma Reduction, Psychoeducation and Psychosis, Race-Based Stress and Psychosis, Psychosis- Risk Stigma, Youth Mental Health Stigma, Psychosis & Resilience, What is Psychosis-Risk, Early-Stage Psychosis "Basics": Screening and Referral, Combating Early Psychosis Basics, Telehealth for Early-Stage Psychosis: COVID-19 and Beyond, Early Psychosis and the Justice System: Prevention and Intervention Strategies, Cultural Considerations in Early Psychosis Care, Evidence- Based Early Psychosis Identification and Treatment.

Co-occurring Conditions

First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders (PDF | 1.6 MB)
This guide reviews the literature on treating substance misuse and substance use disorders in the context of first-episode psychosis, distills the research into recommendations for practice, and provides examples of the ways that these recommendations can be implemented by first-episode psychosis treatment programs.

Treatment Considerations for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Emotional Disturbances and Serious Mental Illnesses and Co-occurring Substance Use (PDF | 19.5 MB)
This guide reviews interventions on treating substance misuse and substance use disorders (SUD) in youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED), distills the research into recommendations for practice, and provides examples of the ways that these recommendations can be implemented.

Serious Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorders and Tailoring FEP Programs to Serve Women
This webinar explores how mental health and substance use treatment providers currently care for women with co-occurring first episode psychosis (FEP), serious mental illness (SMI), and substance use disorder (SUD), and what questions remain in relation to treating this population.

Addressing Trauma and PTSD in First Episode Psychosis Programs (PDF | 1.2 MB)
This issue brief provides an overview of the attributes of a trauma-informed First Episode Psychosis program using SAMHSA’s 10 organizational domains of a trauma-informed approach, as well as a range of clinical interventions, tools, and resources to support effective trauma treatment.

Trauma, PTSD, and First Episode Psychosis (PDF | 1.1 MB)
This fact sheet provides FEP program directors and administrators with a brief introduction to the intersection of trauma and psychosis and an overview of a trauma-informed approach.

Substance-Induced Psychosis in First Episode Programming (PDF | 2.2 MB)
This issue brief provides an overview of the epidemiology, presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with substance-induced psychosis who may present to First Episode Psychosis (FEP) programs.

Treating Affective Psychosis and Substance Use Disorders Within Coordinated Specialty Care (PDF | 959 KB)
This brief describes several adaptations and recommendations that CSC teams may consider to enhance the effectiveness of the specialized treatment model to best serve persons with affective psychosis or individuals with substance use disorders.


Coordinated Specialty Care for Early Psychosis Series
This webinar series covers CSC topics, including peer specialist services, culturally responsive CSC for early psychosis, individual therapy, what is early psychosis, family psychoeducation and support, medication management, and supported employment. Each webinar is co-presented by a professional with expertise in that component of care as well as an individual with lived experience who can speak to how the aspect of care was meaningful in their journey towards recovery.

Best and Promising Practices Fact Sheet: Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for First Episode Psychosis
This fact sheet is designed to provide the mental health workforce with information about Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for First Episode Psychosis.

Early Psychosis Care
This infographic summarizes psychosis and symptom progression, highlights the importance of early intervention, and reviews barriers to and tips for treatment engagement.

Early Intervention in Psychosis: A Primer
This course is designed for professionals in diverse settings who work with teens and young adults and who are interested in learning about the early warning signs of psychosis, appropriate early intervention treatment and supports, and strategies for successfully engaging youth in effective, recovery-oriented care.

Updates in First Episode Psychosis Care
This presentation provides an update on the phenomenology, services, and treatments available for people with first episode psychosis, as well as lessons learned from the perspective of someone who has worked on a CSC team.

Partnering with Prescribers: The Role of Medication in CSC for Early Psychosis
This webinar reviews the team-based approach to medication management in early psychosis treatment, including the role of non-prescribers in supporting positive health behaviors for patients experiencing early-course psychosis. Recent updates in our understanding of psychiatry for early-course psychosis are reviewed and medication management with two individuals with lived experiences of psychosis is discussed.

Cognitive Remediation Therapy in Early Psychosis
This clinical brief describes Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) and its benefits for psychosis treatment.

Supporting Young People at Risk for Psychosis through Telehealth
This clinical brief describes telehealth and discusses its benefits in the treatment of young people at risk for psychosis, as well as the benefits of using telehealth vs. traditional therapy.

Using Digital Health to Connect Young Adults with Early Psychosis to Treatment
SMI Adviser
This webinar discusses use trends in digital technologies among youth, mobile health (mHealth) interventions for psychosis, and the user-centered development of two novel mHealth approaches to help-seeking and self-management support for young adults at risk for psychosis and their families.

The Role of Social Media and The Internet in Early Psychosis Intervention
SMI Adviser
This webinar aims to explore the complex relationship between social media, the Internet and early psychosis intervention and to cultivate a unified approach to researching and implementing these ubiquitous resources into clinical care.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) (PDF | 697 KB)
This fact sheet provides an overview of the principles and practices of CBTp, with case examples illustrating each of the key components in its application.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) ePrimer
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) ePrimer discusses foundational concepts related to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and its application to psychotic symptoms and experiences.

Shared Decision Making
This video series provides an overview of shared decision making, which reflects the values of collaboration, engagement, self-determination, and respect that infuse every aspect of what teams do.

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of First-Episode Psychosis and Schizophrenia (PDF | 2 MB)
This provider summary of the VA/DoD First-Episode Psychosis and Schizophrenia clinical practice guideline (CPG) provides an evidence-based framework for evaluating and managing care for patients with first-episode psychosis and schizophrenia toward improving clinical outcomes. Successful implementation of this CPG will assess the patient’s condition and collaborate with the patient, family, and caregivers to determine optimal management of patient care, emphasize the use of patient-centered care and shared decision making, minimize preventable complications and morbidity, and optimize health outcomes.

Post-Treatment/Continuing Care

Discharge and Step-Down in Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for Persons with a First Episode of Psychosis - Part I
This webinar provides an overview of the current findings regarding longer term outcomes for persons being discharged from FEP programs and alternative discharge strategies, as well as discusses the experiences of two CSC programs regarding a two-year limit on FEP enrollment and the strategies that they have used to address concerns.

Best Practices in Continuing Care after Early Intervention in Psychosis
This short training series consists of three parts: An Overview of Psychosis, Early Intervention and Transition, and Recommendations for Continuing Care.

Transitioning Clients from Coordinated Specialty Care: A Guide for Clinicians (PDF | 2.9 MB)
This guide provides recommendations to Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) staff who help facilitate transitions from CSC programs and provides practical strategies for assessing readiness for transition, identifying post-CSC goals and needs, finding appropriate community resources to meet these needs, making referrals to formal services, managing the actual transition, and conducting follow-up. In addition to discussing the steps involved in making a single referral, this guide offers suggestions for building a referral network.

Support Services

Supported Education for Persons Experiencing a First Episode of Psychosis (PDF | 2.6 MB)
This issue brief provides a primer on the rationale for and techniques that are involved in delivering supported education services in First Episode Psychosis (FEP) programs.

Integrating Individual Placement and Support Model of Supported Employment with Supported Education for Transition Age Youth (PDF | 573 KB)
This issue brief reports the results that emerged in interviews with staff who are implementing programs that integrate the Individual Placement and Support Model (IPS) and Supported Education for Transition age youth (SEd), with program developers/implementers who are continuing to explore promising new integrative approaches and with individuals who have statewide roles in IPS/SEd.

Using Peers to Support Re-Engaging Families
This webinar explores the use of peers to support family engagement and re-engagement, including describing the use of peers to prevent losing family supports and facilitation of family reunification following disconnection. Two programs address strategies, challenges, and lessons learned about how to facilitate and support continued family engagement and re-engagement.

Peer Specialists within OnTrackNY
SMI Adviser
This presentation introduces the role of peer specialists within the NYS specific CSC team, OnTrackNY, and shares an inside perspective of the work of peer specialists. Covering the role responsibilities, collaborative work, and support schedule will give participants the opportunity to understand the unique focus of peer specialist staff on CSC teams and how they can be best integrated into multidisciplinary teams.

Improving Access to Care through Family Involvement & Engagement in Coordinated Specialty Care: Innovations & Best Practices
This webinar provides an overview of the landscape of family involvement practices in CSC and approaches taken to engaging families in different programs and models, discusses key challenges in family engagement related to cultural diversity and socioeconomic disadvantage, and then focuses in on Texas’ efforts to utilize family partners in CSC, describing the development of the family partner role, and the specifics of implementation in the context of the OnTrackUSA model.

CSC Basics: Family Psychoeducation and Support
This webinar discusses family education and support in the CSC model and is co-presented by a professional with expertise in in this area, as well as an individual with lived experience.

Facilitating Meaningful Engagement of Young People and Their Families in Early Intervention Programs
The aim of this course is to increase providers’ awareness of and ability to respond to diverse stakeholder perspectives on early psychosis, including the perspectives of members of underrepresented socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and cultural minority groups. It is grounded in dozens of in-depth interviews with early-intervention clients and former clients, parents, and community-based providers, and features nine characters whose stories are all derived from actual interviews.

Family Involvement in Programming for Early Serious Mental Illness (1.4 MB)
This tip sheet for clinicians describes strategies to successfully engage families, including helping solve practical problems and understanding the family’s goals.


Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis Manual II: Implementation (PDF | 683 KB)
This manual is designed to guide implementation of a team-based program to serve individuals who are experiencing emerging psychosis within an existing mental health clinic (MHC). It provides information on administrative issues between the team and the clinic, such as hiring team members, managing team caseloads, providing services outside of the clinic setting, using the clinic’s support staff for smooth team functioning, and sharing space and resources. Other critical implementation issues discussed involve training and ongoing supervision of team members, ways to measure fidelity to the team model, and how to build supervision and fidelity assessment into ongoing practice within the clinic.

Coordinated Specialty Care for People with First Episode Psychosis: Assessing Fidelity to the Model (PDF | 3.1 MB)
This issue brief reviews the importance of measuring implementation fidelity, lists the core components of CSC to monitor via fidelity measures, suggests potential data sources for measuring these core components, and reviews ways data from these sources can be aggregated into measures of CSC fidelity. 

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Last Updated: 03/18/2024
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