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Black History Month

Dear SPIRIT Community, As we celebrate Black History Month, we honor the rich and diverse contributions of Black individuals to our world. This month serves as a reminder of the resilience, creativity, and strength of the Black community throughout history. At the...

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New Publication Alert!

A recent article published in APA PsycNet discusses the role of psychologists in Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) teams for early psychosis care, and presents a suggested model for implementation. It considers current challenges for CSC teams and proposes 4...

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SAMHSA National Recovery Month

Dear SPIRIT Community,  Established in 1989 by SAMHSA, National Recovery Month is dedicated to celebrating the journey of recovery, promoting evidence-based treatment approaches, and acknowledging the strength of those in or seeking recovery from mental and/or...

New Publication Alert!

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published their most recent version of "Maintaining Fidelity to ACT: Current Issues and Innovations in Implementation," a practical guide in the field of mental health treatment. Dr. Maria...

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

Dear SPIRIT Community, July is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as National Minority Mental Health Month. Our backgrounds, cultures, and experiences permeate all facets of life—including our mental health and...

New Publication Alert!

The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions published our analysis of the first application of Project ECHO's model to psychological treatment and the treatment of psychosis. Here we report out on the CBT ECHO Clinic model and learner and patient...

New Team Member: Trez Buckland!

The SPIRIT Lab is thrilled to announce that we have officially added a new member, Helen "Trez" Buckland, to our Psychosis REACH Training team! Trez has been part of Psychosis REACH since our inaugural and in-person training in WA state in 2019. She was a member of...

May 24th 2022: World Schizophrenia Day

  Dear friends, colleagues, and community,   Multiple international health organizations honor May 24th as World Schizophrenia Day. It is a time to celebrate the resilience of the people who carry a diagnosis of schizophrenia and to reflect on everything that...

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Burnout and Resilience

On January 24th and 25th our team at the SPIRIT Lab brought together members of the Washington State CBTp Provider Network to address the feeling of burnout that many of us are experiencing during these unprecedented times. This didactic was developed and presented...

16th Annual Psychotic Disorders Conference

The 16th Annual Psychotic Disorders Conference is scheduled for October 26th, 2021. This free event will take place virtually from 10:00am - 1:00pm Pacific Time and will include presentations from 4 speakers over the topics of: The impact of poverty on brain...

New Web Series from the American Psychiatric Association

APA has partnered with the Morehouse School of Medicine African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence to develop the Striving for Excellence educational series: Addressing Mental Health Disparities Among African Americans/Blacks Through Patient Care. The...

Family Interventions for Psychosis

Dr. Sarah Kopelovich was recently interviewed by Alexis Pellek on the need for family interventions for psychosis. In this interview Dr. Kopelovich discusses how the Psychosis REACH training attempts to address this need. She also discusses the newly published...

Mental Health Awareness Month

Friends, colleagues, and community, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and, in 2021, it finds us after a year of unprecedented stress, sacrifice, and resilience. So many of us are feeling the strain of these unusual times. Mental Health Awareness Month is an...

CBT for Serious Mental Illness in High Security Settings

Dr. Sarah Kopelovich presented the third and final webinar in the three-part Forensic Mental Health Webinar Series hosted by the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. Titled "Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Serious Mental Illness in High Security...

Introduction to CBT for Psychosis

Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D and Paul French are leading a 3-hour introductory training in CBT for psychosis (CBTp) on Thursday, May 13th, 2021. In this training attendees will learn about the rationale for CBTp along with the key features associated with it. Only a...

Register for the WA Behavioral Healthcare Conference!

Jennifer Blank, Dr. Sarah Kopelovich, and Trez Buckland presented on Psychosis REACH, a training for families and caregivers of loved ones with psychosis, at the Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference on June 16th. This presentation provided an overview of the...

New Directions in CBT Webinar Series

This webinar series will touch on a number of topics, including forming an alliance with a person experiencing psychosis, normalization of psychosis, essential elements of CBTp, and more! This webinar series is intended for mental health professionals wishing to...

PASS-SIG Student Poster Award

Congratulations to Elizabeth Nutting, MPH, who recently graduated from the University of Washington,  for winning the Student Poster Award at this year's Psychosis and Schizophrenia Spectrum Special Interest Group's (PASS-SIG) Poster Expo! She presented on her...

Mothers of the Mentally Ill (MOMI)

Mothers of the Mentally Ill (MOMI) is a Washington State grassroots group founded by Jerri Clark advocating for improved treatment access for family members suffering from Serious Mental Illness (SMI). MOMI's Vision: We want laws and treatment options that provide...

Now Available! NAMICon 2020 Workshops and Presentations

The presentations and workshops from this year's NAMI National Convention are now available to view online! To access these videos and accompanying slide decks, visit NAMI's 2020 Virtual NAMICon Sessions page.​ Click below to directly access Dr. Sarah Kopelovich's...

COVID-19 Resources

Recognizing that the COVID-19 crisis has had adverse effects on the mental health community, the SPIRIT lab has gathered a number of resources to help. See below for resources for mental health providers, consumers of mental health services, and caregivers...

Group CBTp Training

The University of Washington CBTp implementation team held another group CBTp training in February, 2020! This training was attended by 23 providers from several locations across Washington State, and was led by Dr. Eric Strachan. These providers have now joined...

What is Psychosis?

Around 100,000 people in the United States experience psychosis for the first time each year. So what is psychosis? What are some signs and symptoms of psychosis? How is it treated? Click the link below to learn how the National Institute of Mental Health responds...

New Team Member: Trez Buckland!

The SPIRIT Lab is thrilled to announce that we have officially added a new member, Helen "Trez" Buckland, to our Psychosis REACH Training team! Trez has been part of Psychosis REACH since our inaugural and in-person training in WA state in 2019. She was a member of...

May 24th 2022: World Schizophrenia Day

  Dear friends, colleagues, and community,   Multiple international health organizations honor May 24th as World Schizophrenia Day. It is a time to celebrate the resilience of the people who carry a diagnosis of schizophrenia and to reflect on everything that...

UW SPIRIT Lab

Burnout and Resilience

On January 24th and 25th our team at the SPIRIT Lab brought together members of the Washington State CBTp Provider Network to address the feeling of burnout that many of us are experiencing during these unprecedented times. This didactic was developed and presented...

16th Annual Psychotic Disorders Conference

The 16th Annual Psychotic Disorders Conference is scheduled for October 26th, 2021. This free event will take place virtually from 10:00am - 1:00pm Pacific Time and will include presentations from 4 speakers over the topics of: The impact of poverty on brain...

New Web Series from the American Psychiatric Association

APA has partnered with the Morehouse School of Medicine African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence to develop the Striving for Excellence educational series: Addressing Mental Health Disparities Among African Americans/Blacks Through Patient Care. The...

Family Interventions for Psychosis

Dr. Sarah Kopelovich was recently interviewed by Alexis Pellek on the need for family interventions for psychosis. In this interview Dr. Kopelovich discusses how the Psychosis REACH training attempts to address this need. She also discusses the newly published...

Mental Health Awareness Month

Friends, colleagues, and community, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and, in 2021, it finds us after a year of unprecedented stress, sacrifice, and resilience. So many of us are feeling the strain of these unusual times. Mental Health Awareness Month is an...

CBT for Serious Mental Illness in High Security Settings

Dr. Sarah Kopelovich presented the third and final webinar in the three-part Forensic Mental Health Webinar Series hosted by the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. Titled "Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Serious Mental Illness in High Security...

Introduction to CBT for Psychosis

Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D and Paul French are leading a 3-hour introductory training in CBT for psychosis (CBTp) on Thursday, May 13th, 2021. In this training attendees will learn about the rationale for CBTp along with the key features associated with it. Only a...

Register for the WA Behavioral Healthcare Conference!

Jennifer Blank, Dr. Sarah Kopelovich, and Trez Buckland presented on Psychosis REACH, a training for families and caregivers of loved ones with psychosis, at the Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference on June 16th. This presentation provided an overview of the...

New Directions in CBT Webinar Series

This webinar series will touch on a number of topics, including forming an alliance with a person experiencing psychosis, normalization of psychosis, essential elements of CBTp, and more! This webinar series is intended for mental health professionals wishing to...

PASS-SIG Student Poster Award

Congratulations to Elizabeth Nutting, MPH, who recently graduated from the University of Washington,  for winning the Student Poster Award at this year's Psychosis and Schizophrenia Spectrum Special Interest Group's (PASS-SIG) Poster Expo! She presented on her...

Mothers of the Mentally Ill (MOMI)

Mothers of the Mentally Ill (MOMI) is a Washington State grassroots group founded by Jerri Clark advocating for improved treatment access for family members suffering from Serious Mental Illness (SMI). MOMI's Vision: We want laws and treatment options that provide...

Now Available! NAMICon 2020 Workshops and Presentations

The presentations and workshops from this year's NAMI National Convention are now available to view online! To access these videos and accompanying slide decks, visit NAMI's 2020 Virtual NAMICon Sessions page.​ Click below to directly access Dr. Sarah Kopelovich's...

COVID-19 Resources

Recognizing that the COVID-19 crisis has had adverse effects on the mental health community, the SPIRIT lab has gathered a number of resources to help. See below for resources for mental health providers, consumers of mental health services, and caregivers...

Group CBTp Training

The University of Washington CBTp implementation team held another group CBTp training in February, 2020! This training was attended by 23 providers from several locations across Washington State, and was led by Dr. Eric Strachan. These providers have now joined...

What is Psychosis?

Around 100,000 people in the United States experience psychosis for the first time each year. So what is psychosis? What are some signs and symptoms of psychosis? How is it treated? Click the link below to learn how the National Institute of Mental Health responds...

Shattering a Stereotype

A few months ago three clinicians from Frontier Behavioral Health in Spokane, WA facilitated their first fully independent training at FBH. Now Frontier has shared their experience with CBTp in their monthly magazine! Click the link below to learn about CBTp, its...

Free Webinar on CBT for Psychosis: February 14th, 2019

Please join the American Psychiatric Association and National Alliance on Mental Illness as they host Dr. Sarah Kopelovich for a 1-hour webinar on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis on February 14, 2019. This free webinar is suitable for all mental health...

THE PACT ECHO CLINIC HAS LAUNCHED

Wednesday, August 8, 2018The University of Washington’s Evidence Based Practices for Adults team held its first PACT ECHO Clinic. PACT teams, or Programs of Assertive Community Treatment, provide community-based support to individuals with serious...

2018 Washington State Mental Health Summit

In May 2018, the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences hosted the 2018 Washington State Mental Health Summit. Nearly 400 people from the state of Washington attended, including teachers, legislators, providers, activists, academics and insurers.

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