Reducing Stigma and Increasing Competence: An Introductory Graduate Curriculum on the Assessment and Treatment of Psychosis
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Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Psychosis, Stigma, Graduate, Curriculum
Psychosis is conceptually understood as a collection of psychiatric symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized thinking, that often distort a person s reality (Freudenreich, 2020). While psychosis is a key feature of the various psychotic spectrum disorders, it can also appear as a feature of mood disorders or as a result of substance use. However, despite its prevalence across a variety of psychiatric disorders, it is seldom a focus of training within graduate psychology programs (Mueser et al., 2013; O'Connor & Yanos, 2021; Reddy et al., 2010; Roe et al., 2006). Research suggests the lack of education on psychosis directly contributes to the stigma of psychotic disorders and the current underrepresentation of psychologists in treatment settings serving persons with psychosis, which together may limit access to psychological treatment (O'Connor & Yanos, 2021). In an attempt to address the training needs of psychologists delivering care to persons with psychosis, this paper first highlights the need for graduate-level training in the assessment and treatment of psychosis followed by a brief review of the important aspects of an evidence-based addition to a graduate curriculum. A three-part curricular addition on the assessment and treatment of psychosis is then proposed to meet this need. By illuminating the need for psychosis-specific training and proposing a realistic introductory curriculum, this paper intends to ultimately increase provider competence and reduce the stigma associated with psychosis through proper education.
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Davis, Brooke, "Reducing Stigma and Increasing Competence: An Introductory Graduate Curriculum on the Assessment and Treatment of Psychosis" (2023). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 507.