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Search for the Treatment of Early Psychosis (STEP): The Evaluation and Treatment of Early Phase Schizophrenia

Broadcast Date: March 9, 2011
Course Code: A04


Srihari Bangalore, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC


Raymond Cho, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Medical Director of STEP Clinic         

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Shaun Eack, PhD  

Assistant Professor of Social Work

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine       

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Konasale Prasad, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Program Description:

This course will highlight findings supporting the idea that early identification and intervention may favorably influence outcomes in psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Multiple processes contribute to the onset of and continued impairments caused by psychosis. We will discuss current understanding of the nature, pathophysiology, and treatment of symptoms in schizophrenia, including cognitive impairments, with a focus on early illness manifestations, as well as ongoing research on novel therapeutic development.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Identify factors that contribute to the development of psychosis and relapses during the early course of the illness.

  • Describe the benefits of early intervention and potential early identification and treatment strategies, including pharmacologic and psychosocial interventions.

  • Examine the impact of important co-morbidities such as substance use disorders on the course and treatment of early psychosis.

  • Recognize the importance of cognitive impairments in schizophrenia and describe their role in the recovery process.

  • Examine the impact of early psychosis on the functioning of affected consumers and families, and strategies for overcoming challenges posed by the illness.

Target Audience:

All clinical and research professionals, students, and trainees, as well as interested family members and consumers

Continuing Education Credits:

ACT 48 2.0

CADC 2.0

CPRP 2.0

NBCC 2.0

PCHA 2.0


Psychologist 2.0

SW 2.0

CEU 0.2

We are pleased to offer Act 48, CADC,  CPRP, NBCC, PCHA, Psychologist, Social Work and CEU credits for this webcast.  Please download the test and application form before viewing the webcast:  (Adobe PDF); (MS-Word)

For ACT 48--Please download the packet here.

If you have questions, please contact
Jennifer Lichok at lichokjl@upmc.edu

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Continuing Education Credit

Each program is offered for the designated number of continuing education credits



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming is certified by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board (PCACB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) continuing education credits for those participants attending the entire program. 



The announced credit hours for each program can be applied to your training hours for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.



The indicated number of clock hours are approved by the Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Adult Residential Licensing. These clock hours may count towards the 24 hours of annual training for administrators required in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (relating to personal care homes).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. These programs are being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.



The indicated number of credit hours of continuing education is provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LCSW renewal. For information of social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.



Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming the indicated hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


For Technical Support: email connellp@upmc.edu  or call Patrick Connell at 412-802-6906 

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