The first book for non-specialists on intervening and helping young persons who may be experiencing psychosis
In recent years, there has been increasing attention given to young people with emerging psychotic illness, both in popular media coverage of current events as well as policies and movements toward providing specialized services to this vulnerable population. This concise, accessible guide for helping professionals without training in psychosis intervention is a quick reference for identifying and intervening with a person experiencing a first psychotic episode. It guides helping professionals in how to identify a possible psychotic episode, how to interact compassionately and effectively with the individual, and how to make appropriate referrals toward receiving proper treatment.
Free of jargon and unfamiliar medical terminology, this how-to resource offers clear guidelines for detecting possible psychosis, advice on how to provide immediate care for the at-risk individual, and specific actions to take depending on the severity of the crisis. With a focus on adolescents and young adults—the most “at-risk” population for initial psychotic episodes—the book offers quick-access information for a wide range of professionals in educational and community health settings, including school personnel, counselors, social workers, law enforcement professionals and primary care providers . Also included is a brief review of research supporting early intervention strategies. The resource is valuable as a desk reference for immediate access to information or can be read from start to finish to increase knowledge and preparedness for a variety of situations.
• Addresses a critical need for early identification of young people who are experiencing a first psychotic episode and describes how to help them
• Presents information clearly, succinctly and accessibly for non-specialists
• Stresses the need to make appropriate referrals to qualified individuals
• Written for a wide range of helping and other professionals in educational and community settings
• Authored by professionals highly experienced in working with individuals with psychosis
Foreword by Elaine F. Walker, PhD
Introduction: Mission and Purpose of This Book
1. What Do We Know About Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders and Treatment Options?
2. What Does a First Psychotic Episode Look Like?
3. How Can You Engage an Individual Identified as Needing Assistance?
4. How Can You Intervene?
5. Follow-Up and Outcomes
6. National Resources
About the Authors:
Carina A. Iati, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Boston, Massachusetts, where she provides psychological services to adolescents and young adults experiencing psychotic disorders in the Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) Program at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Dr. Iati provides individual, group, family, and multifamily therapy to assist young adults and their families in recovering from psychotic illnesses. She is an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and supervises psychology graduate students completing training in early psychosis treatment. Dr. Iati’s research interests include early markers of schizophrenia spectrum disorders and personality assessment using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) and she has published several articles on these topics. She also teaches undergraduate courses in introductory psychology and abnormal psychology at Bunker Hill Community College, where she hopes to inspire the next generation of psychologists.
Rachel N. Waford, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently a supervising psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Emory University and a research assistant professor in Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Waford also has a part-time private practice specializing in individual and family treatment for severe mental illness, with an emphasis on early intervention for adolescents and young adults with psychosis. She is also involved with a number of community organizations in the Atlanta area to promote early intervention and recovery. A proponent of recovery in all forms, at all stages of the illness, Dr. Waford assists patients and families toward this goal.