A substantial proportion of individuals first experience psychotic symptoms during adolescence. In recognition of this, many specialised teams for first episode psychosis now include transition age youth including younger adolescents. Early identification and intervention during this period has the potential to improve immediate and long-term outcomes, but working with adolescents requires familiarity with issues specific to this developmental stage.
This two-part presentation will review aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of first episode psychosis in which developmental considerations should be taken into account. This includes aspects of pathophysiology related to early onset of psychosis, differential diagnosis, the importance of considering the interaction of psychotic symptoms with developmental tasks such as changing social roles and increasing independence, the importance of assessing and engaging with families, interacting with the educational system, and specific considerations for adolescents in psychosocial and pharmacologic intervention.
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
- Describe the manifestation of prodromal and first episode psychotic symptoms with focus on developmentally relevant manifestations in adolescents.
- Discuss risk factors and diagnostic assessment strategies to enhance early detection and differential diagnosis.
- Identify psychosocial and pharmacological interventions with evidence for efficacy in the treatment of early psychosis.
Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychiatrist, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Social Worker
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: December 16, 2019
Program End Date: December 16, 2022
How to Earn Credit
Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, CE credit for psychologists, or a certificate of participation may do so by attending the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (psychologists), or certificate of participation (other professions) showing the completion date and hours earned.
Continuing Education Credit
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Psychiatric Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Tresha Gibbs, MD, New York City Children's Center (OMH). Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Rhoshel Lenroot, MD, University of New Mexico, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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