University of Washington Department of Psychiatry And Behavioral Sciences

What We Do

Family & Caregiver Support Programs


Receiving a diagnosis of a psychotic spectrum disorder and the subsequent treatment that is necessary for a patient to thrive can be stressful for the individual, but also for their family. Family engagement and understanding is a critical part of recovery. Frequently, however, family members are unsure how to support their loved one. Furthermore, caring or supporting a loved one with mental illness can be emotionally challenging, isolating, and overwhelming. Family and caregivers need support and guidance themselves.

In order to overcome these challenges, the Evidence Based Practices for Adults team at the University of Washington is partnering with local, national, and international leaders in mental health to develop a network of resources that support families in their care of a loved one with psychosis. Our team at the University of Washington is proud to advocate for caregivers by connecting them with the practical resources, information, and skills necessary to prevent a loved one from falling through the cracks or losing hope. Furthermore, we provide opportunities and forums in which families and caregivers’ lived experience inform the development of future supportive community programs.

Upcoming Initiatives

Psychosis Reach

The Psychosis REACH training, facilitated by leading experts in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on October 15th and 16th, 2020, aims to provide relatives and friends of individuals with psychotic spectrum disorders with concrete, evidence-based skills to better care for and relate to their loved ones. Learn more.

Family Bridger Work

The Family Bridger program is currently running focus groups with families and caregivers of individuals with a psychotic spectrum disorder regarding their experiences during a loved one’s hospitalization and discharge to the community. These experiences and recommendations will be used to develop a Family Bridger role to help caregivers navigate challenges inside and outside the hospital.


Dr. Kate Hardy presented a 1-hour webinar on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis geared toward family members and loved ones as part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness “Ask the Expert” series on March 22, 2019. Click HERE to watch the webinar.

Additional Rescources

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