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Overview of First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Misuse

Course #: 06-1078

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CE Credit Hours: 1.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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CEU Course Description

For young people experiencing first-episode psychosis, reducing or stopping substance misuse yields significant improvements in psychotic symptoms, depressive symptoms, and the young person’s ability to lead a meaningful life. The purpose of this brief intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is to review the literature on treating substance misuse and substance use disorders in the context of first-episode psychosis. In addition, research into recommendations for practice is presented as well as examples of the ways that these recommendations can be implemented by first-episode psychosis treatment programs.

CEU Course Objectives 

1. Describe the characteristics and impact of first-episode psychosis and summarize the connection between such episodes and co-occurring substance misuse or substance use disorders (SUDs).

2. Discuss the integration of treatment approaches for substance misuse and SUDs in the context of treatment for first-episode psychosis.

3. Assess the effectiveness of treatment for SUDs among persons with first-episode psychosis and evaluate the efficacy of evidence-based programs for implementing integrated treatment.

4. Identify strategies that guide treatment for substance misuse/disorders in first-episode psychosis treatment programs, while discussing common implementation barriers and ways to address them.

5. Review resources outlining evidence-based practices and programs to address first-episode psychosis and substance misuse/ disorders.

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Course Date: 2019-12-02

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