Early Intervention for Psychosis




Session Description

Experiences such as seeing or hearing things are not as uncommon as many young people may think. In fact, there is a broad spectrum of experiences that can fall under the umbrella of psychosis. Most of the time it is as a young person that these types of symptoms can start to show up. This session aims to normalize some of these experiences as well as to talk about how to seek help if it is needed.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Define the experience of psychosis including spectrum, causes, and symptoms.
     #2 Describe the assessment, purpose and process of early intervention for psychosis.
     #3 Provide the ability to make a referral to appropriate services for someone experiencing psychosis.

About the Presenters

Jesse Gonzales, Clinical Coordinator, UNMH CONNECT
Jesse Gonzales is a psychotherapist who has worked across the life span with community mental health providers in New Mexico and Colorado. His current role is the clinical coordinator of the CONNECT program at UNM Hospital providing assessment of clinical high risk syndromes, psychotherapy, and psycho-education to individuals and families. CONNECT provides coordinated specialty care services to young people that are at clinical high risk of developing psychosis. Jesse also provides outreach and consultation regarding early psychosis experiences.


Terrena Vigil, Occupational Therapist, UNMH CONNECT
Terrena Vigil is an occupational therapist who has worked in various settings including early childhood intervention, adult acute inpatient rehabilitation, and inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities. Terrena is currently working as the occupational therapist on the CONNECT and EARLY programs at UNM Hospital. CONNECT and EARLY provide coordinated specialty care services to people who are at risk of developing psychosis, or who have experienced their first episode of psychosis.


Continuing Education

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units:


Oct 29 2020


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm




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