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Resources to Educate School Personnel about Psychosis

Title: What Every Teacher and School Professional Needs to Know about Psychosis and Young People

Description: This booklet is designed to introduce school professionals to the core competencies of detection, referral, and support of students experiencing the early signs of psychosis. It aims to assist school professionals in: Recognizing the early symptoms of psychosis, understanding the causes of psychosis, utilizing a Learning Support Toolkit of easy-to-use student support strategies, and facilitating referrals to mental health resources

Title: Supporting Students Experiencing Early Psychosis in Middle School and High School

Description: This booklet is a guidance document for what school personnel can do if they suspect psychosis. Information is provided on how to identify warning signs, connect to evidence-based treatment, and best support students and their families. To this end, the booklet highlights the importance of school-based modifications and accommodations if needed, safety concerns, and how to reduce stigma in schools.

School Staff Can Aid Treatment of Psychotic Children


Psychosis Screening Tools for Use in Schools

Overview of Screening Tools (book chapter)

Kline, E., Denenny, D., Reeves, G., & Schiffman, J. (2014). Early identification of psychosis in schools. In Handbook of School Mental Health (pp. 323-338). Springer, Boston, MA.

Overview of Screening Tools (journal article)

Meyer, M. S., Rosenthal, A., Bolden, K. A., Loewy, R. L., Savill, M., Shim, R., ... & Niendam, T. A. (2019). Psychosis screening in schools: Considerations and implementation strategies. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. Advance online publication.

Prime Screen, Revised (Prime)

Millman, Z.B., Rakhshan, P.J., DeVylder, J.E., Edmondson Smith, M., Phalen, P.L., Woods, S.W.,…& Schiffman, J. (2019) Evidence for differential predictive performance of the prime screen between black and white help-seeking adolescents. Psychiatric Services, 70, 907-914.

Prodromal Questionnaire – Brief (PQ-B)

Loewy, R. L., Pearson, R., Vinogradov, S., Bearden, C. E., & Cannon, T. D. (2011). Psychosis risk screening with the Prodromal Questionnaire—brief version (PQ-B). Schizophrenia Research, 129, 42-46.

Behavior Assessment for Children (BASC)

Thompson, E., Kline, E., Reeves, G., Pitts, S. C., Bussell, K., & Schiffman, J. (2014). Using parent and youth reports from the Behavior Assessment System for Children, to identify individuals at clinical high-risk for psychosis. Schizophrenia research, 154, 107-112.