An Interview with Carina Iati, PsyD and Rachel Waford, Ph.D., Coauthors, The Psychosis Response Guide: How to Help Young People in Psychiatric Crises
From the Publisher’s website:
Free of jargon and unfamiliar medical terminology, this how-to resource offers clear guidelines for detecting possible psychosis, advice on how to provide immediate care for the at-risk individual, and specific actions to take depending on the severity of the crisis. With a focus on adolescents and young adults—the most “at-risk” population for initial psychotic episodes—the book offers quick-access information for a wide range of professionals in educational and community health settings, including school personnel, counselors, social workers, law enforcement professionals and primary care providers. Also included is a brief review of research supporting early intervention strategies. The resource is valuable as a desk reference for immediate access to information or can be read from start to finish to increase knowledge and preparedness for a variety of situations.
Carina A. Iati, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Boston, Massachusetts, where she provides psychological services to adolescents and young adults experiencing psychotic disorders in the Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) Program at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Dr. Iati provides individual, group, family, and multifamily therapy to assist young adults and their families in recovering from psychotic illnesses. She is an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and supervises psychology graduate students completing training in early psychosis treatment. Dr. Iati’s research interests include early markers of schizophrenia spectrum disorders and personality assessment using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) and she has published several articles on these topics. She also teaches undergraduate courses in introductory psychology and abnormal psychology at Bunker Hill Community College, where she hopes to inspire the next generation of psychologists.
Rachel N. Waford, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently a supervising psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Emory University and a research assistant professor in Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Waford also has a part-time private practice specializing in individual and family treatment for severe mental illness, with an emphasis on early intervention for adolescents and young adults with psychosis in Decatur, Georgia. She is also involved with a number of community organizations in the Atlanta area to promote early intervention and recovery. A proponent of recovery in all forms, at all stages of the illness, Dr. Waford assists patients and families toward this goal.
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1. List two early warning signs of a possible first episode psychotic episode
2. List two components of an effective intervention when working with young adults experiencing a first episode psychotic episode.