Effective education and community capacity building requires the development of measurable, specific goals which are time framed and relevant to the outcomes which you hope to achieve. Early psychosis programs across the globe have developed some common outcomes, which may help guide the planning process. Reducing the duration of untreated psychosis, reducing the incidence of secondary conditions, and reducing the disruption to social roles are common outcomes in most early psychosis intervention programs.
When setting a goal the following may be of assistance:
The S.M.A.R.T. Acronym
|Specific (e.g., number of possible early psychosis referrals to mental health in your community)
|Measurable (e.g., number of documented phone calls and completed intakes; number of those assessed to be early psychosis)
|Achievable and Action-Oriented (e.g., doing four presentations about early psychosis to youth groups OR visiting with the two school counsellors in your community and discussing early psychosis, how to make a referral if it is suspected and your role as a clinician working in this area; etc)
|Relevant (e.g., outcome should target a current problem/issue – e.g., reducing stigma about early psychosis in youth; increasing recognition of early psychosis by school counsellors, etc)
|Time focused (e.g., within the next twelve months)