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PERC is a multi-disciplinary program offering consultations on diagnosis, treatment, support and skill development for adolescents and young adults (ages 14-34 years) who exhibit warning signs of emerging psychosis or early psychosis, and their families.Read More +
Our program’s main goals are to:
Referred individuals are screened over the phone within 24-48 hours. For those appropriate for the program, an in-person assessment typically occurs within 7-14 business days.
The initial, customized assessment typically includes the following:
Prompt and effective treatment is crucial for the recovery and long-term outcome of an individual with signs of early psychosis. For interested participants and their family members, our center offers a six-month course of intensive multimodal personalized and group based interventions with the purpose of achieving maximal early improvement in clinical symptoms, cognition, and preservation of functioning.Read More +
Treatment plans may include the following interventions:
Recovery Planning: The individual and the treatment team work collaboratively to develop a recovery plan that identifies goals and plans for services, and methods based on the individual’s needs and preferences.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)/Case Management: A Master’s Level Specialist provides a form of CBT developed to treat psychosis by Aaron Beck and colleagues.
Psychopharmacology: The program provides ongoing evidence-based psychopharmacology for early-episode psychosis, with emphasis on minimizing medication exposure and side effects.
Cognitive Remediation: The remediation intervention facilitated by a neuropsychologist and doctoral student administers eight 120-minute sessions in a small group format based on BrainHQ modules from Posit Science Inc.: 1) Attention; 2) Speeded Processing; 3) Memory; 4) People Skills; 5) Intelligence. All interventions are delivered via a secure internet login allowing for practice from home on a daily basis.
Multi-family Group Psychoeducation: Ongoing monthly meetings provided by an experienced clinician provide education, support and coping strategies for families.
Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Families: A closed, 12-week group for families aimed at improving families understanding, coping, and communication skills with their family member in the early stages of psychosis.
Supported Employment Educational Services: A dedicated support person establishes plans for functional goals and recovery with the participant. The support person assists possible return to school, access to jobs and training programs.
Peer Support Services: Individuals in recovery offer peer support and education services in the community to young persons currently experiencing psychosis in an effort to help maintain functioning.
Telehealth Services: Optional telehealth services available for therapy and case management appointments.
Substance Use Treatment: We coordinate with local substance use treatment programs to provide substance use treatment to participants that is also integrated with other services.