The New Journeys program is focused on providing critically needed comprehensive treatment to youth and young adults who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Treatment services are provided through a team of mental health professionals focused on assisting clients with identifying their personal goals and needs for recovery that will allow them to return to meaningful activity in their job, school, home, or other areas of life.
WHAT OUR PROGRAM PROVIDES
- Community outreach and education
- The utilization of low-dosage medication
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Individual Resiliency Training (IRT)
- Skills training and psychosocial rehabilitation
- Supported employment and education case management
- Family psychoeducation
- Peer Support
- 24 hour/day and 7 day/week Crisis line
ABOUT OUT TREATMENT TEAM
All of this is accomplished through the collaborative work that the treatment team performs with the client, family, doctors, teachers, employers, and other significant people in the client’s life. The collaborative work includes providing information on the client’s psychosis, and information on ways to reduce the barriers to the client successfully engaging in treatment and recovery.
The New Journeys Treatment Team includes:
- Family Education and Support Program – the goal is to support the family in their goal of improving the client’s situation.
- Individual Resiliency Training (IRT) – The IRT Clinician utilizes module-based interventions that are geared toward assisting the client in multiple areas of development.
- Supportive Employment and Education (SEE) – The SEE Specialist assists the client in identifying educational, work, and career goals, and provides the necessary supports to assist the client.
- Peer Support Specialist – Peers embody the recovery process as they have a shared experience and knowledge on living with mental health issues and successfully recovering from them.
- Case Manager – The Case Manager assists the client and family with staying engaged in treatment and other basic activities of daily life.
- Medical Prescriber – The Psychiatrist provides psychopharmacological treatment and education to the client and family.
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PSYCHOSIS IS TREATABLE. Many people recover from a first episode of psychosis and never experience another psychotic episode.
Benefits of Early Intervention:
- More rapid recovery and better prognosis
- Reduced secondary problems (such as depression and isolation) and work/school disruption
- Retention of social skills and support
- Decreased need for hospitalization
- Reduced family disruption and distress
- Less treatment resistance and lower risk of relapse
Psychosis is a medical condition that affects the brain where there is some loss of contact with reality
- A first episode of psychosis usually occurs in teens or early adult life
- Psychosis affects males and females equally
- Approximately 3% of all individuals experience an episode of psychosis in their lifetime
- Psychosis has no boundaries and occurs across all cultures and levels of status
- Young people who have a relative with psychosis or schizophrenia have an increased risk
- The experience and symptoms of psychosis varies greatly from person to person
Possible signs of psychosis
- Reduced performance
- Trouble reading or understanding complex sentences
- Trouble speaking or understanding what others are saying
- Becoming easily confused or lost
- Trouble in sports or other activities that used to be easy (Example: can’t dribble basketball or pass to team members)
- Attendance problems related to sleep or fearfulness
- Behavior changes
- Extreme fear for no apparent reason
- Uncharacteristic actions or statements that make no sense
- Impulsive and reckless behavior (giving away all belongings, etc.)
- New, bizarre beliefs
- Incoherent or bizarre writing
- Extreme social withdrawal
- Decline in appearance and hygiene
- Dramatic change in sleep (sleeping rarely or all the time)
- Dramatic changes in eating behavior
- Perceptual changes
- Fear that others are trying to hurt them
- Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells or touch
- Making statements like “my brain is playing tricks on me”
- Hearing voices or other sounds that others don’t
- Reporting visual changes (colors more intense, faces distorted, lines turned wavy)
- Racing thoughts
- Feeling like someone else is putting thoughts into their brain or that others are reading their thoughts