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Early Psychosis Mentor

Sample Questions

Diagnosis

  • Is hearing voices usually a sign of psychosis even in children and early teens?
  • How can I distinguish psychotic symptoms from trauma, autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or some combination?
  • What medical workup should I order for someone with possible psychotic symptoms?

Medications

  • Should I start an antipsychotic in someone who has mild psychosis symptoms but doesn’t meet criteria for a full-blown psychotic disorder?
  • When should I recommend clozapine, or a long-acting injectable antipsychotic?
  • What are special considerations in discussing medications with young people experiencing early psychosis?

Psychotherapy & Shared Decision-Making

  • What kind of psychotherapy is best for persons experiencing early psychosis?
  • As a therapist, how long/ often should I see someone experiencing psychosis?
  • How can we address common barriers to shared decision making in working with youth with psychosis?

Family Education

  • How can we engage families in the treatment process?
  • What role do families play in the treatment process?
  • How can I help a parent accept that schizophrenia or psychosis may explain their child’s symptoms?

Education and Employment Support/ Case Management

  • When should a young person recovering from a first episode of psychosis consider return to school or work?
  • How can we support a young person with psychosis to return to school or work?
  • Should someone with early psychosis engage in school support such as an IEP or 504?

Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Support

  • As a CPS, how can I engage a person experiencing psychosis?
  • What supports can a CPS offer and not offer?
  • What are some evidenced-based approaches used by a CPS?

Substance Use

  • Why do many young people with psychosis use drugs/THC?
  • How do I help someone experiencing psychosis reduce or stop using drugs?
  • What special considerations are there for addressing substance use in young people with psychosis?

Access and Referrals to Clinical Care

  • There is no Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) program in my region, but I know a young person who could use a program like this -where can I refer them?
  • How can I find a provider (prescriber or therapist) willing and trained to see someone with psychosis?
  • How can I advocate for, or start, a Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) program in my region?

Sample Questions

Diagnosis

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Answer
  • Is hearing voices usually a sign of psychosis even in children and early teens?
  • How can I distinguish psychotic symptoms from trauma, autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or some combination?
  • What medical workup should I order for someone with possible psychotic symptoms?

Medications

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Answer
  • Should I start an antipsychotic in someone who has mild psychosis symptoms but doesn’t meet criteria for a full-blown psychotic disorder?
  • When should I recommend clozapine, or a long-acting injectable antipsychotic?
  • What are special considerations in discussing medications with young people experiencing early psychosis?

Psychotherapy & Shared Decision-Making

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Answer
  • What kind of psychotherapy is best for persons experiencing early psychosis?
  • As a therapist, how long/ often should I see someone experiencing psychosis?
  • How can we address common barriers to shared decision making in working with youth with psychosis?

Family Education

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Answer
  • How can we engage families in the treatment process?
  • What role do families play in the treatment process?
  • How can I help a parent accept that schizophrenia or psychosis may explain their child’s symptoms?

Education and Employment Support/ Case Management

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Answer
  • When should a young person recovering from a first episode of psychosis consider return to school or work?
  • How can we support a young person with psychosis to return to school or work?
  • Should someone with early psychosis engage in school support such as an IEP or 504?

Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Support

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Answer
  • As a CPS, how can I engage a person experiencing psychosis?
  • What supports can a CPS offer and not offer?
  • What are some evidenced-based approaches used by a CPS?

Substance Use

Close Icon
Answer
  • Why do many young people with psychosis use drugs/THC?
  • How do I help someone experiencing psychosis reduce or stop using drugs?
  • What special considerations are there for addressing substance use in young people with psychosis?

Access and Referrals to Clinical Care

Close Icon
Answer
  • There is no Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) program in my region, but I know a young person who could use a program like this -where can I refer them?
  • How can I find a provider (prescriber or therapist) willing and trained to see someone with psychosis?
  • How can I advocate for, or start, a Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) program in my region?