10/21/2021 Grand Rounds

Psychosocial Interventions for Early-Course Psychosis


Emily Kline, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine;
Director of Psychological Services, Wellness and Recovery After Psychosis Clinic Boston Medical Center

Most individuals with primary psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia suffer from a chronic, relapsing-remitting course of illness, with poor rates of employment, high loneliness, and reduced life expectancy. Early intervention in the course of psychotic disorders represents a promising strategy for improving the life-long wellbeing for individuals with psychosis. Beyond optimizing and improving medication delivery, what should early intervention involve? Dr. Kline will present early intervention strategies such as public health information campaigns, diagnosis of a “prodromal” state, CBT for psychosis, and coordinated specialized care.

Learning Objectives:
    1. Describe the usual course of illness of a person with a primary psychotic disorder.
    2. List the possible outcomes of early intervention in the course of a psychotic disorder.
    3. Discuss the primary early psychosocial intervention strategies that be effective in psychotic disorders.