Supporting Students Experiencing Early Psychosis in Middle School and High School

SAMHSA-Sponsored Webinar from the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Supporting Students Experiencing Early Psychosis in Middle School and High School

Tuesday, August 21 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. E.T.

Presented under Contract by the National Association of State Mental Health Programs and the NASMHPD Research Institute

Although psychosis typically emerges in late adolescence or early adulthood, some individuals begin to experience psychosis or other early serious mental illness while still in middle school or high school. This webinar described strategies to:

  • Identify and support students with psychosis in schools
  • Provide educational accommodations and modifications to facilitate school success
  • Understand and address safety concerns
  • Partner across students, families, and community mental health providers to support treatment and recovery for students experiencing psychosis

This webinar is intended for

  1. Student instructional support personnel, including school psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and community-partnered school mental health professionals; and
  2. Staff from First Episode Psychosis programs that are planning or engaging in outreach with middle schools and high schools.


  • Jason Schiffman, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Dr. Schiffman’s research and clinical work focuses on early identification and treatment of youth at risk for psychosis and reduction of stigma against people with serious mental health concerns.
  • Sharon Hoover, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Co-Director, National Center for School Mental Health. Dr. Hoover's work focuses on implementing evidence-based mental health supports and services in schools.