IEPA 2014

Title Poster First Author Abstract or summary Type
The Development of Case Managers of the Early Psychosis Intervention Programme, Singapore Helen Lee

The Singapore Early Psychosis Intervention Programme (EPIP) was established up in April 2001 offering integrated, multi-disciplinary care to young people with first-episode psychosis. Over the years, our focus has moved from remission to recovery and the key linchpin in enabling this transformation has been our case management service. Case managers conduct bio-psycho-social assessments and provide interventions for our clients for a period of 3 years.

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Emotion recognition in individuals at ultra-high risk for psychosis: a possible endophenotype? Kelly Allott

Objective: Emotion recognition (ER) is found to be impaired in chronic schizophrenia, first-episode psychosis (FEP) and individuals at ultra-high risk (UHR) for developing a psychotic disorder, suggesting it may be a vulnerability marker. The aim of this presentation is to examine the evidence for ER as an endophenotype for psychotic disorder by investigating: 1) the specific ER impairments in UHR; 2) ER in unaffected first-degree relatives (FDR) of people with FEP; and 3) ER as a predictor of transition to a psychotic disorder in UHR.

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Implications of Developmental Impairments for Early Interventions to Prevent Psychosis Larry Seidman

Background: Intervention strategies for reducing disability and preventing psychotic disorders have evolved from First Episode to Ultra-High Risk to earlier phases of pre-psychotic illness. Which potential intervention targets are highlighted by familial high-risk (FHR) studies? Methods: Results from our 2 recent quantitative and qualitative reviews on neurocognition and brain imaging (MRI) in youth at FHR for psychosis, and results of three of our own studies characterizing youth at FHR will be summarized, focusing on neurocognition and behavior from the prenatal period to age 25.

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Clinical, Neurocognitive, and Neuroimaging Characteristics of adolescent Bipolar and Schizophrenia Offspring Manon H. J. Hillegers

Background: Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are severe neuropsychiatric disorders. Several authors have defended the notion that schizophrenia and bipolar disorders should be studied jointly, given that they have common clinical, genetic and cognitive characteristics (Craddock et al, 2006). To our knowledge, only one study to date has jointly analysed child and adolescent offspring of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder patients employing DSM-IV criteria (Maziade et al, 2008).

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Cathegorical and Dimensional Psychopathology among 7-year-old Offspring of Parents with Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder in The Danish High Risk and Resilience Study – VIA 7 Ditte Ellersgaard

Objective: Typically, the age of onset for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is in early adulthood. However, previous high risk studies have found that offspring of patients with these disorders have a higher prevalence of psychiatric disturbances during childhood relative to peers. We aim to map psychopathology among 7-year-old children at familial high risk for developing schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

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Helping young people with psychosis back into education and work: how much progress has been made in realising the goals of the Meaningful Lives International Consensus statement (iFEVR 2008)? Jo Smith

Background: Supporting young people to achieve educational qualifications and secure employment is critical to longer term functional, social and health outcomes and should be a core component of EI service interventions.

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Not dreaming anymore: IPS employment and education in a national early psychosis system in Australia Eoin Killackey

Background: Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence based employment intervention. A number of studies have now shown the effectiveness of IPS in returning young people with first episode psychosis (FEP) to employment and education. However, there has been less focus on the educational outcomes, and there is little known about the systematic national implementation of IPS. This presentation will address both of these elements.Method: Two RCTs of IPS and an uncontrolled study of IPS for education specifically have been conducted.

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The role of psychological factors in enhancing the impact of supported employment initiatives Miles Rinaldi

Background: Supported Employment (SE) has been shown in numerous controlled trials to be the most effective intervention for helping patients return to paid employment but is poorly implemented in practice because of scepticism and ambivalence of clinical staff.

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More than a job for today: Career focused IPS and Young People with Psychosis Gina Chinnery

Background: The onset of psychosis occurs when people are engaging in important developmental tasks. One of these is vocational development: finishing secondary school; moving to further study or training; and entering the workforce. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an effective intervention to address employment and education in young people with psychosis. However, a number of challenges exist that need still to be addressed. These include factors related to the client, and external factors such as a changing world of work in which job security is diminishing.

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Social Cognition in people with an ultra-high risk for psychosis: a quantitative review Marieke Pijnenborg

BackgroundPeople with an ultra high risk (UHR) for psychosis display deficits in various cognitive domains, including social cognition. This meta-analysis summarizes empirical studies on social cognition in the UHR phase in four domains: emotion perception (recognition of facial affect and prosody), Theory of Mind, social perception and attribution style.MethodsEligible studies were identified through computerized searches of the Medline (PubMed) and PsycINFO bibliographic databases during 1995 to 2014.

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