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First Episode Psychosis: Basics of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy

May 31, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Basics of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R)

The interactive session will be facilitated by Beck Institute CT-R experts and highlight the experiences of young people. Trainees will learn, within their scope of practice and role in treatment, ways to empower youth to live the lives of their choosing and improve social determinants of health (e.g., connection, purpose, empowerment). Trainees will learn how CT-R uses a model of person-centered care that integrates well with other modalities with a focus on empowerment relative to the typical challenges presented by youth experiencing early episodes of psychosis. The CT-R overview session is 4 hours including breaks, delivered virtually over Zoom.

This is the fourth session in a statewide learning series designed to increase workforce capacity to address Early Serious Mental Illness (ESMI) and First Episode Psychosis (FEP). This virtual series is made possible by BSCA funds through Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Attendance is free.

Dr. Paul Grant, PhD and Dr. Elisa Nelson, PhD will lead this session. Dr. Grant currently serves as Director of the Beck Institute Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Dr. Nelson is a Licensed Psychologist and serves as a Faculty member at Beck Institute.

This live training is eligible for Kentucky social work CEUs and may be eligible for additional CEUs.

Kentucky currently has eight FEP teams across the state. The focus of this learning series will be to enhance the services these FEP teams provide, as well as to build awareness and education in areas of the state without current FEP teams. Early identification, through awareness and effective screening, with subsequent early and effective service delivery, can dramatically affect negative trajectories traditionally associated with early psychosis and serious mental illness. For that to happen, clinical providers and youth-serving agencies must be trained to recognize early issues related to mental health and to provide developmentally appropriate clinical care. The learning series will focus on supporting them to do just that.

For questions, please email mhaky@mhaky.org.

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