Community Outreach

Understanding Psychosis
Responding to Early Signs of Risk

Free training and consultation for anyone who works with or cares about adolescents and young adults

Target Audience:
Primary care physicians, school nurses, mental health professionals, teachers, guidance counselors, university and school administrators, resident advisors, youth workers, community leaders, clergy, police, and anyone who interacts regularly with youth.


What you will learn:

  • Basic biology and experience of psychosis.
  • Myths about psychosis. The importance of challenging stigma.
  • Treatments for individuals with psychosis and their families.
  • The early signs of risk for serious mental illness
  • What to do if you are concerned someone may be at risk
  • What families and schools and work settings can do to help
  • Available resources

Structure of trainings:

  • Time: Trainings can hit the highlights in 15 minutes or cover topics in more detail over 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Location: We are happy to come to your site or another location as is helpful.

Who provides the training:

  • Clinicians and researchers who specialize in recognizing and treating young people at risk for or diagnosed with serious mental illnesses
  • Janine Rodenhiser-Hill, Ph.D.; Michelle L. West, Ph.D.; Kristen Woodberry, MSW, Ph.D.; Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, Ph.D.; Matcheri Keshavan, M.D., Larry Seidman, Ph.D.

Training materials may include:

  • Video of youth and families talking about the early signs and what was helpful/not helpful during the early phases.
  • Handouts on the early signs of psychosis, screening questions
  • Handouts on possible accommodations for school, work, or home to help reduce distress, increase functioning, and prevent progressive illness or impairment


To learn more or to schedule a training, please contact:

Janine Rodenhiser-Hill, Ph.D.

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(617) 754-1213