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Before you begin any community efforts, first clearly identify the desired outcomes. The tools needed to evaluate your efforts will be guided by your goals and the outcomes you have identified.

If you choose to give public presentations or workshops, attendance sheets and self-report evaluations can be used. Instead you may chose to talk with key stakeholders one-on-one about early intervention for psychosis and what your role as a clinician working in this area will be.

It is best to begin with an audience or people which you feel comfortable with and solicit their ideas for future efforts. This will allow you to gain confidence and get practice in responding to questions or challenges.

Always ask for immediate feedback – it can be invaluable in tailoring your messages and can lead to new opportunities for education. Most people like giving feedback and may also know of resources you may not.

Some basic outcomes could be:

  • Feedback forms for presentations
  • Self-rated improvements in knowledge
  • Number and source of referrals
  • Number of appropriate intakes

Activity Two – Thought Questions

The following thought questions are designed for you to think about how your own values and beliefs may impact your work with young people dealing with psychosis.

  • What skills do you possess which will assist you in doing presentations or educating others one-on-one?
  • What difficulties might you encounter in trying to provide education about early psychosis?
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