Early or first-episode psychosis (FEP) refers to the initial event in which a person first shows signs of psychosis, or loss of contact with reality. This is an extremely important time to seek treatment, support, and education as doing so can significantly improve the person’s future.
Mad in America, a non-profit mental health organization, will be hosting a webinar to discuss the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA), a one-of-a-kind early intervention project in Oregon for youth experiencing psychosis.
The course is scheduled for Friday, April 28th, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern time (10:00 to 11:30 am Pacific).
This 90 minute online webinar will describe EASA, its history of expansion and clinical evolution, and include a discussion on the use of psychiatric medications as well as psychosocial approaches.
The webinar will be led by Dr. Ryan Melton, Ph.D. from Portland State University who will be presenting data on outcomes and comparing EASA with other programs. The session will include time for questions and discussion.
Dr. Melton is the clinical director for Oregon’s statewide network of 27 programs offering assistance to young people going through a first psychotic experience and their families.
“EASA’s mission is to support young people in staying on their normal life path by uniting the strengths and voices of young adults and their allies to create a thriving community and revolution of hope,” said Melton.
Mad in America is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring awareness to the current plight of mental health and psychiatric care in the United States and to shed light on a new model of care — one that emphasizes psychosocial care and de-emphasizes the use of psychiatric medications, particularly over the long-term.
The organization asserts that the current drug-based paradigm of care has failed our society, and that scientific research, as well as the real-life experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, calls for profound change.
Mad in America hosts several online education courses taught by leading researchers in the field. These courses provide a scientific critique of the existing paradigm of care and tell of alternative approaches that could serve as the foundation for a new paradigm.
Although the courses are geared toward provider organizations, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals, the general public is also welcome to take the courses.
For more information, and to sign up for the upcoming webinar, visit: