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RAISE-related Webinars

There are a number of helpful webinars for state mental health program directors and community mental health providers. These online programs offer guidance on a variety of topics related to developing coordinated specialty care (CSC) programs for first episode psychosis.

Topics include:

First Episode Psychosis

TAC Webinar #21: First Episodes of Psychosis (FEP) as it pertains to the Mental Health Block Grant: Definition and Prevalence
(1 hour 22 min)
October 22, 2014
Presentation by Dr. John Kane, principal investigator on the RAISE-Early Treatment Program, and RAISE researcher Dr. Mary F. Brunette.

Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) Overview

An Overview of Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for Persons with First Episode Psychosis
(1 hour 9 min)
April 13, 2015
Cathy Abshire, M.Ed., John Kane, M.D., Tamara Sale, M.A., and Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H. provide an overview of the core components of CSC and a discussion of the ways in which this recovery-oriented model can positively impact lives.

CSC for First Episode Psychosis
(1 hour 29 min)
May 2, 2014 and 12, 2014
These two presentations on CSC were led by Robert K. Heinssen Ph.D., ABPP, Director of Services and Intervention Research at NIMH. Additional presenters offer examples of implementing the CSC model in New York and Maryland.

Early Team-Based Treatment for People with Psychotic Symptoms: The RAISE-Early Treatment Experience
(1 hour)

April 14, 2015
RAISE researcher, Nina Schooler of SUNY Downstate Medical Center discusses early findings from the study.

Methodological and Practical issues in Population Based Programming: Incidence, Engagement, Penetration & Outreach Effectiveness
(1 hour 28 min)
September 8, 2015
This webinar provides examples of methods, materials, and insights regarding a number of issues related to identifying and engaging program participants. Presentations by Vinod H. Srihari, M.D., Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP); Lon C. Herman, M.A., Mark R. Munetz, M.D., and Dory Lutz, Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center.

The Technical Assistance Network Clinical Distance Learning Series (various lengths)
Fall 2015
Webinars and support materials from the Early Assessment & Support Alliance (EASA). Items give an overview of early psychosis intervention for those interested in planning a program.

What is the Early Intervention Program?
(17 min)
July 23, 2014
Maryland Early Intervention Program: Robert W. Buchanan describes the services offered by Maryland's Early Intervention Program.

Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) and the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study (NAPLS)
(1 hour 16 min)
November 7, 2014
Robert K. Heinssen Ph.D., ABPP, director of Services and Intervention Research at NIMH, talks about early intervention, coordinated specialty care, and RAISE.

Planning a Coordinated Specialty Care Program

Implementing Early Psychosis Intervention in the Real World
(1 hour)
January 26, 2016
Ryan Melton, Ph.D., LPC, and Tamara Sale, M.A., of Pathways' EASA Connections project introduce early psychosis history, practices, and resources while addressing common implementation challenges and effective strategies.

Prep for Success: Lessons Learned in Implementing Models for Early Intervention in Psychosis
(1 hour 27 min)
June 5, 2014
Amy Goldstein, Ph.D., Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D., and Dr. Ken Duckworth review valuable lessons for implementing early intervention models.

Providing Treatment for First Episode Psychosis Clients: Telehealth and other Strategies
(Part 1: 1 hour 23 min; Part 2: 1 hour 21 min)
Part 1: August 24, 2015; Part 2 August 27, 2015
Caroline Bonham, M.D., and Dawn Halperin, M.A., LPCC, NCC, CPRP discuss their experiences with a telehealth program that provides clinical services to 14 rural clinical sites and with the NAVIGATE treatment model for first episode psychosis.

TAC’s Webinar #22: First Episodes of Psychosis (FEP) as it pertains to the Mental Health Block Grant: New York State Modeling Tool
(1 hour 29 min)

October 28, 2014
RAISE researcher, Lisa Dixon, M.D., walks viewers through the First Episode Psychosis Planning Tool created by her RAISE study team.

The Growing Momentum in Early and First Episode Psychosis Programs
(1 hour 5 min)
June 9, 2015
Tamara Sale, M.A., Sue Abderholden, M.P.H., and Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D., talk about expanding early and first episode psychosis programs statewide, how NAMI and other stakeholder organizations can become more involved in expanding these programs, and how to stay connected with this important work.

The Tides of Change: Implementing Early Onset Psychosis Services with a National Thought Leader
(1 hour 16 min)
June 9, 2015
John M. Kane, M.D. and Susan Gingerich, M.S.W. talk about staff training and organizational procedures for clinics providing services for youth with first episode psychosis.

Using the 5% MHBG Set-Aside to Support Programming for First Episode Psychosis: Activities and Lessons Learned from the State of Ohio
(1 hour 29 min)
June 29, 2015
Mark Hurst, M.D., FAPA, Sandy Myers, LPCC-S, Jennifer Dorschug, LISW-S, and Stephanie Henderson Hurley, MA, PCC-S provide an overview of funds distribution to two providers: Coleman Professional Services and Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health. The presentation includes information about their projects in nine urban, rural, and suburban counties as well as team composition, staff recruitment and training, outreach activities, data collection and initial client outcomes regarding employment and education.  

Working with Families

Promoting Meaningful Family Involvement in Coordinated Specialty Care Programming for Persons with a First Episode of Psychosis (1 hour 17 min)
May 19, 2015
Presentation by Amy Drapalski, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D., director; NAMI Child & Adolescent Action Center; Susan Gingerich, M.S.W., training coordinator; NAVIGATE Early Treatment Program; and Tom Simpson, father of a participant in the NAVIGATE-Early Treatment Program.

Program Fidelity

Evidence Based Approaches to Systematic Fidelity Assessment for First Episode Programs
(1 hour 33 min)
April 20, 2015
Donald Addington, M.B.B.S. discusses the First Episode Psychosis Fidelity Scale (FEPS-FS), which covers assessment and monitoring, pharmacotherapy, psychosocial treatments and team structure and function. Two additional fidelity scales will be presented as well.

Practical Approaches to Measuring Fidelity in Coordinated Specialty Care Programs for First Episode Psychosis
(1 hour 14 min)

May 13, 2015
A core challenge in measuring fidelity in treatment systems is to do so reliably and affordably, ideally by piggy-backing on data that are routinely collected for other purposes. Susan Essock, Ph.D., describes a practical approach to measuring fidelity reliably and without breaking the bank. The approach was used by the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode Connection Program and incorporated into the NIMH’s Implementation Manual for Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis.


Funding Strategies for Early Psychosis Intervention Models
(59 min)
July 9, 2014
Dr. Steven Ronik, Cathy Adams, and Cathy Abshire discuss funding strategies to implement and sustain early intervention models within your agency.

Strategies for Funding Coordinated Specialty Care Initiatives
(1 hour 29 min)
June 30, 2015
Speakers Mary F. Brunette, M.D., Howard H. Goldman, Ph.D., and Thomas G. McGuire, Ph.D. discuss funding difficulties and solutions associated with implementing a coordinated specialty care treatment program, along with new opportunities that may be available through the Affordable Care Act involving Medicaid expansion and new waiver authority. Finally, Tom McGuire describes a novel funding proposal that incorporates mechanisms for reimbursing the outreach and engagement activities essential for first episode care, as well as payments to reinforce achieving program outcomes.

Team-based Treatment for First Episode Psychosis is Cost Effective: Implication for Policy and Practice
(1 hour 27 min)
March 22, 2016
Robert Rosenheck, M.D. discusses his analysis showing that coordinated specialty care is a cost-effective approach to treating first episode psychosis. Dr. Rosenheck reviews study methods and results and—along with discussant Howard Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.—considers their implications for policy and practice.

Peer Support

Opportunities for Utilizing Peer Support and other Meaningful Peer Roles in Coordinated Specialty Care
(1 hour 19 min)

April 29, 2015
Patricia Deegan, Ph.D., Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H, Tamara Sale, M.A., and Michael Haines discuss the benefits of peer involvement, ways to support peer specialists, potential barriers and how to overcome them, examples of peer support in CSC initiatives, and common questions about using peer support.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Recovery with Persons in Early Stages of Serious Mental Illness
(1 hour 19 min)

May 29, 2014
Torrey Creed, Ph.D. and Aaron Beck review integrating recovery principles with cognitive therapy.


Optimizing First Episode Schizophrenia Medication Treatment Using the RAISE-ETP (NAVIGATE) Model
(Part A: 1 hour 26 min; Part B: 1 hour 27 min; Part C: 1 hour 28 min)

Part A: August 31, 2015; Part B: September 1, 2015; Part C: September 3, 2015
Delbert Robinson, M.D. discusses optimal medication treatment for first episode psychosis as practiced in the NAVIGATE CSC program.

Supported Employment/Education

Supported Education as a Component of Coordinated Specialty Care for Persons with First Episode Psychosis
(1 hour 25 min)

May 4, 2015
Gary Scannevin, Jr., M.P.S., CPRP, Liza Watkins, LMSW, and Shirley Glynn, Ph.D. provide background and an overview of supported education and its relevance to first episode psychosis. The presenters also provide information on implementing and using supported education in coordinated specialty care programs, as well as the role of supported education/employment specialists.