Felton Early Psychosis Program’s success is the result of a cutting-edge, evidence-based practice that offers a menu of treatments that are uniquely tailored to the individual and their family. What makes Felton Early Psychosis Programs unique is that these approaches are integrated into a customized program with a central treatment team, provided within a community-based environment or wherever the client needs them.

We offer a comprehensive care approach in one place, delivered by a team of care providers who are committed and interested in providing the best care possible.

Below is a list of treatment approaches that comprise the Felton Early Psychosis Programs model. Each practice has  been shown to generate positive outcomes independently for individuals with early psychosis. When offered together through Felton Early Psychosis Programs, their individual impact on a client becomes magnified significantly and synergies are realized from their cumulative impact. Using these intensive psychosocial treatments, Felton Early Psychosis Programs is also able to treat clients with lower doses of medications than usual and fewer hospitalizations.

  1. Extensive Outreach & Community Education By disseminating hopeful information about signs of early psychosis and Felton Early Psychosis Program’s success throughout the community, Felton Early Psychosis Programs is combating the stigma associated with mental illness. With a message of hope, Felton Early Psychosis Programs makes it more likely individuals with early signs of psychosis will seek help.
  2. Early Intervention Extensive research documents the critical importance of treating psychosis early to reduce the severity of symptoms and improve long-term outcomes. If an individual enters treatment early, their prognosis is much better than those who experience a longer period of untreated psychosis. We urge people to reach out as soon as possible for an assessment.
  3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) CBTp helps individuals manage their symptoms more effectively in a collaborative, goal-oriented individual therapy. CBTp is an empirically validated, clinical approach is effective with people who suffer from psychosis and consumers who appear to be treatment-resistant. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) is a specialized form of CBT developed by the Insight Institute in the UK to help individuals manage their symptoms more effectively in collaborative, goal-oriented individual therapy. CBTp gives clients the skills so they can themselves challenge what they are thinking and come to a more constructive view of reality.
  4. Algorithm-based medication management This research-based approach to medication management provides relief from symptoms at the most effective and lowest dosage and prevents over-medication, reducing side effects and better enabling clients to continue taking the medication. Since the psychosocial treatments provided at Felton Early Psychosis Programs are so effective in reducing symptoms and improving functioning, less medication is needed. Felton Early Psychosis Programs psychiatrists and nurse practitioners work with clients regarding their physical health and answer questions even when the person does not take medication.
  5. Multi-Family Groups (MFG).  MFG educates families, creates a peer support system for families and helps create a stronger alliance between the client and his or her family.
  6. Strength-Based Care Management As the name suggests, this approach to case management builds upon client and family strengths and focuses upon the clients educational, vocational and personal goals. It helps the client and family build a long-term treatment plan and identify and access community resources needed to achieve those goals.  With a clear treatment plan, the individual is more motivated and hopeful and therefore more likely to adhere to that plan and meet their goals.
  7. Dartmouth’s Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment is used with each consumer to develop an educational and career plan, with one-on-one support to achieve these goals.

In addition to these eight components, Felton Early Psychosis Programs clients are linked to clinical trials being conducted at UCSF using Neuroplasticity-based cognitive remediation. These computer-based exercises have been found to improve cognitive functioning in adults with schizophrenia and preliminary results suggest a similar pattern occurring in those with recent-onset schizophrenia.