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CE Workshop: Early Intervention in Psychosis: Creating a Broader Mental Health Community
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When: Friday, February 9, 2018
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE (Building 13)
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Rachel Waford, PhD
Contact: Staci Bratcher, Director of Operations
404-634-6272, ext. 208

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Workshop Description:

We are learning more about psychosis in young people.  It affects young people in every neighborhood, and families need support at the earliest stage possible, regardless of their access to resources.  There are many in a young person's life that notice changes that may be consistent with an emerging psychotic disorder, however they may not be able to identify it, or may not know how to respond. The goal of this talk is increase understanding of the early stages of psychotic illness and help young people access services early to reduce the impact of mental illness on their lives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe early warning signs of psychotic illness in young people.

  2. Discuss support for early intervention, and “task sharing” in communities.

  3. Summarize and apply strategies for supporting a young person during a psychotic experience or crisis.

      CE Hours: 2

      Level: Introductory

      About the Presenter:

      Dr. Waford is a licensed clinical psychologist in Georgia (#003800) with specialty training in early psychosis populations.  She has led workshops and talks at the American Psychological Association (2016), the World Hearing Voices Congress (2017), and grand rounds at Harvard Medical School and Emory University. She was the keynote speaker for the NAMI GA conference in 2016.  I recently co-authored a text, The Psychosis Response Guide: How to help young people in psychiatric crises, which seeks to educate and empower non-mental health and community “first responders” to aid in the identification and early intervention for psychosis in young people.  Dr. Waford has also co-authored articles on this topic for the NAMI Advocate and The Monitor on Psychology.

      Registration Costs (per workshop):

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before January 26, 2018 to receive this rate.)

      • $48: GPA Members
      • $77: Non-members
      • $15: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After January 26, 2018)

      • $53: GPA Members
      • $82: Non-members
      • $20: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Staci Bratcher via email ( A $15 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to January 26, 2018. No refunds will be given after January 26, 2018.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.