fall 2016 webinar series

The purpose of the webinar series was to offer participants current evidence-based information about providing services and treatment for first episode psychosis.  In this series of four webinars, experts discussed evidence-based models and their implementation.  They also reviewed effective services and treatments for this clinic population. 

An Overview of Early Intervention for Psychosis Programs: What You Need to Consider about Models, Implementation and Evidence Based Practices

"This was a really good overview for someone with a limited background in early psychosis programs. It was extremely interesting and definitely stimulated my interest to learn more. Keep them coming!"

-Webinar participant

Thursday, September 22, 2016

1:00pm - 2:00pm PST

This webinar offers an overview of three key topics:

  • Evidence-Based Practices and Models for Early Intervention
  • Implementation Strategies and Overcoming Challenges
  • Impact of Treatment Decisions on Engagement

Speakers include: 

  • Chiachen Cheng, M.P.H., M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Physician Researcher in Thunder Bay, Canada and Medical Director of Northwestern Ontario’s only Early Psychosis Intervention service. Presentation (PDF)
  • Tara Niendam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis and the Director of Operations for the UC Davis Early Psychosis Programs. Presentation (PDF)
  • Stephen Marder, M.D., Director of the VISN 22 Mental Illness Research, Education Clinical Center (MIRECC) for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Director of the Section on Psychosis and Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute. Presentation (PDF)

Moderated by Carolyn S. Dewa, M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis and the Director of Outcomes and Evaluations for the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis. 

A recording of the webinar can be seen here (part 1) and here (part 2- start at 7:52). Please excuse the two separate recordings. 


Early Intervention for Psychosis Programs: Guidelines and Best Practices

“I learned what different interventions are being practiced and offered at other sites.”

-Webinar participant 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

11:00am - 12:00pm PST

As a follow-up to the introduction on September 22, 2016, this webinar focuses the best practice discussion to:

  1. Models of EPI implementation across different settings (e.g., urban, academic, community, rural, remote north)
  2. Case study from two province-wide surveys about the use of networks to deliver EPI services
  3. Tips to identifying and implementing system-wide measures

Presented by Chiachen Cheng, M.P.H., M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Physician Researcher in Thunder Bay, Canada and Medical Director of Northwestern Ontario’s only Early Psychosis Intervention service. Presentation (PDF)

Moderated by Carolyn S. Dewa, M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis and the Director of Outcomes and Evaluations for the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis. 

A recording of the webinar is available for viewing here.  


Early Psychosis Program Implementation in California: Overview of Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC)

“While our clinic has been at the forefront of offering early intervention services for some time, there is always a need to improve those services, and change in ways that meet the needs of our clients. The webinar presentation highlighted this point. In particular, it was helpful to learn about some of the specific intervention models, and how those have been useful.”

-Webinar participant

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

12:00pm - 1:00pm PST

The objectives for this webinar are to:

  1. Provide an overview of Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) within the United States.
  2. Provide an overview of psychosocial treatment options, including therapeutic interventions and additional supports such as Family/Peer Advocate and Supported Education/Employment
  3. Provide suggestions for program implementation

Presented by Tara Niendam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis and the Director of Operations for the UC Davis Early Psychosis Programs. Presentation (PDF)

Moderated by Carolyn S. Dewa, M.P.H., Ph.D.Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis and the Director of Outcomes and Evaluations for the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis. 

A recording of the webinar is available for viewing here.


Managing First Episodes of Psychosis: The Role of Medications

“I gained knowledge regarding antipsychotics, their risk and protective potentials, increased my vocabulary relative to psychosis, and ways to minimize burden and maximize progress according to the current state and knowledge-base of some pretty cool folks in the field.”

-Webinar participant

Thursday, December 15, 2016

11:00am - 12:00pm PST

The objectives for this webinar are as follows: 

  1. Participants will understand the role of antipsychotic medications in managing new onset psychosis.
  2. Participants will understand the adverse effects of antipsychotic medication in first episodes and management approaches.
  3. Participants will be able to describe approaches to patients who are reluctant to take medications.

Presented by Stephen Marder, M.D., Director of the VISN 22 Mental Illness Research, Education Clinical Center (MIRECC) for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Director of the Section on Psychosis and Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute. Presentation (PDF)

Moderated by Carolyn S. Dewa, M.P.H., Ph.D, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis and the Director of Outcomes and Evaluations for the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis. 

A recording of the webinar is available for viewing here.

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