PEPPNET Webinars

Tara Niendam, Ph.D., on Suicide Assessment and Prevention in Early Psychosis

Goals of the webinar were to:

1. Describe proactive vs reactive risk management,
2. Introduce tools for suicide risk measurement, and
3. Describe methods for managing suicide risk, including the safety plan intervention.

ASQ-NIH Screening Tool

Suicide Behavior Questionnaire


Patient Safety Plan Template

Tara Niendam, Ph.D., Bio


Craigan Usher, M.D., on Hallucinations in Youth

In this presentation, Craigan Usher--a child and adolescent psychiatrist and medical consultant to Oregon's Early Assessment and Support Alliance--explored four cases of hallucinations in children, described the interventions used to help manage the distress surrounding these, and examined the literature on the nature, prevalence, and diagnostic difficulties surrounding hallucinations in youth. 

Cheryl Corcoran, M.D., on Cannabis and Psychosis

Cannabis use is prevalent among individuals with psychosis, as well as among teens and young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis. Dr. Corcoran will review the association of cannabis use and psychosis in both an historical and developmental context, addressing the debate as to whether cannabis use causes psychosis and schizophrenia, reviewing evidence for causal association from population and clinical risk studies. For cannabis use in CHR cohorts, Dr. Corcoran will review prevalence and correlates, temporal associations with symptoms, prediction for psychosis onset, challenge studies, surveys of reasons for use, and potential interventions. 

Video of Cheryl Corcoran, M.D., on Cannabis and Psychosis

Supported Employment and Education Webinar

Supported Employment and Education (SEE) is a critical ingredient in early intervention provided through a Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) model. Offering an opportunity to get back to work or school is often the most appealing option for a young person following an initial crisis and can create a critical opportunity for engagement in the program. In addition, providing rapid and robust support around vocational and academic goals can help reduce/prevent an accumulation of disability in these important life domains. While successes are plentiful, there are also challenges in rendering this element of CSC programming. This webinar aims to address some of these challenges and design a path for an ongoing connection/conversation for SEE specialists across the country.