University of Washington Department of Psychiatry And Behavioral Sciences


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis: Understanding the Basics, a webinar by Sarah Kopelovich, PhD

Friday, February 22, 2019

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis is a psychotherapeutic treatment for psychotic symptoms with a broad base of evidence supporting its effectiveness. Despite being included in national treatment guidelines for the treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders, CBTp is not widely available, in part due to a shortage of mental health professionals trained to administer it. As part of her ongoing efforts to address this shortage, Dr. Kopelovich provides this one-hour introduction to CBTp.

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Free Webinar on CBT for Psychosis: February 14th, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Please join the American Psychiatric Association and National Alliance on Mental Illness as they host Dr. Sarah Kopelovich for a 1-hour webinar on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis on February 14, 2019. This free webinar is suitable for all mental health clinicians who see patients with serious mental illness (SMI). The activity is eligible for 1 Continuing Education Unit. 

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CBTp-Trained Clinician Provided Guest Lecture to Gonzaga University Master of Arts Students

Friday, November 16, 2018

Stephani Carlton, a CBTp-trained clinician at Frontier Behavioral Health, recently provided a guest lecture to Gonzaga University Master of Arts in Marriage and Family, Clinical Mental Health, and School Counseling students on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders (SSDs). The presentation was intended to expose students to various applications of CBT.  Students were given time to ask questions and participate in discussions with each CBT therapist.

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Launch of Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness Initiative

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

In July 2018, APA was awarded a $14.2 million grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness (CSS-SMI) initiative. The initiative supports implementation of evidence-based, person-centered pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for people with SMI and increase access to care. The initiative is launching an online portal (in late 2018) and app (in 2019) to provide consultation and learning opportunities to mental health providers.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The University of Washington’s Evidence Based Practices for Adults team held its first PACT ECHO Clinic. PACT teams, or Programs of Assertive Community Treatment, provide community-based support to individuals with serious mental illness with the goal of decreasing costs related to hospitalization and empowering clients to live more independently. The clinic follows the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Model.

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Psychosis Is Way More Common—and Treatable—than You Think

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Right as Rain by UW Medicine interviewed Dr. Kopelovich and published an online newsletter article on psychosis, possible causes, treatment, and trajectory of those with psychosis.

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2018 Washington State Mental Health Summit

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

In May 2018, the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences hosted the 2018 Washington State Mental Health Summit. Nearly 400 people from the state of Washington attended, including teachers, legislators, providers, activists, academics and insurers. The scope of work presented displayed the various ways the University of Washington has come together to improve mental health care in Washington State.

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Former EBPA lab member receives 2018 Beck Institute Student Scholarship

Monday, April 30, 2018

Rosie Peterson, a former Research Coordinator in the Evidence Based Practices for Adults Lab, recently received a full tuition scholarship from the Beck Institute to attend the Graduate Student Workshop: CBT for Depression and Suicide. Rosie is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.

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CBTp team trains providers at Northeast Washington Alliance Counseling Services

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dr. Sarah Kopelovich, Dr. Eric Strachan, and Jeff Roskelley travelled to Colville, Washington April 17-19, 2018 to train a new cohort of CBTp providers at Northeast Washington Alliance Counseling Services (NEWACS). Ten providers were trained in Low-Intensity, Cognitive Behavioral techniques for psychosis and seven providers were trained to deliver Group CBT for psychosis. Additional NEWACS staff attended the training to learn how to assist trainees with CBTp referrals. NEWACS providers are currently receiving consultation from the UW training team.

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The First Episode Psychosis ECHO Clinic has Launched!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The University of Washington First Episode Psychosis team held its first FEP ECHO Clinic in February 2018. The clinic follows the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Model. The team is using state-of-the-art telehealth technology and clinical management tools to provide consultation and to support professional development efforts across the Washington State New Journeys early psychosis intervention network. Currently, clinicians from four coordinated specialty care teams are participating on a monthly basis.

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