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You are now nearing the end of your training on early psychosis. Upon completing this training, you should now have the knowledge and skills to provide much of the individualized care to clients with early psychosis and their families. It will therefore be important that your knowledge and skills be recognized within your community so that early psychosis clients are referred to you. It is also important that the community awareness is raised in order to enhance early recognition of early psychosis. To achieve these educational goals, you will need to identify community partners. These community partners will also be useful allies in elciting or advocating for change to systems and services. This module discusses the building of community capacity focussing on education.

Raising understanding of what psychosis is and its impact on youth functioning is a major consideration for any early psychosis intervention provider. Early intervention relies on clients, their families and service providers quickly recognizing that a mental health problem exists and knowing that effective assessment and treatment is readily available. Any delay in treatment worsens the symptoms, puts the young person at risk of secondary conditions and prolongs recovery.

It is important to recognize that you too are part of a larger community of EPI Service Providers. At the end of this module, you will be connected to the EPI Community of Practice where you can both provide and receive ongoing support from one another.

Activities

Module X
Additional ReadingsChapter 3
Activity OneCommunity capacity building
Activity TwoThought questions
Completion of ModuleComplete Module X Written Assignment and Upload

Outcomes/Objectives

  1. Assess the community for education or capacity building opportunities
  2. Set goals for community education and capacity building
  3. Identify and involve key stakeholders
  4. Identify organizations and groups to partner with for education, to ensure optimal care for early psychosis, or for advocacy purposes
  5. Start participation in a EPI community of practice


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