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Early Detection and Intervention for Adolescents with Early Psychosis

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 12/1/2016

Expiration Date: 12/1/2019

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 0.5
  • Participation: 0.5



Both international and U.S. programs expanding early intervention for young people with early psychosis show great promise and the potential for improved long-term outcomes. At the same time, the average duration of untreated psychosis continues to be between one and two years in the United States. Additionally, most of the early intervention programs in the United States are based on models developed initially to support adults with chronic mental illness. This presentation focuses on some of the critical components necessary to build on the existing models of early psychosis to specifically support adolescents. With the rapid expansion of U.S. programs, such as partnerships between schools and health programs, supported education, outreach to schools and families, and ensuring mental health providers, there is an urgent need to coordinate and facilitate early psychosis program rollout with fidelity and an effort toward tracking shared outcomes. Current efforts to build the national early psychosis network are also highlighted.

**This content was captured at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.  


  • General Member - $6.25
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - $6.25
  • Non-Member - $12.50

Free member registration for this course through the Course of the Month promotion ended on December 31, 2016.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe the positive clinical outcomes early intervention in psychosis has in adolescents, resulting in less cost and improved quality of life for patients and their families
  • Summarize interventional approaches including school-based health clinics, education, and community outreach
  • Discuss the role of early intervention programs and team-based care in the promotion of improvements in health, better compliance with treatment, and shorter durations of untreated psychosis

Target Audience


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: December 1, 2016
End Date: December 1, 2019

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 100% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Steven Adelsheim, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

Program Planners

  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Rustin D. Carter, M.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Ricardo A. Juarez, M.S., Deputy Director, Development and Engagement, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Claire Van Wagner, Membership Development Coordinator, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

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