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April 12, 2017 by Bob Nikkel, MSW

Mad in America to Host Webinar On Oregon’s Innovative Early Psychosis Programs

On Friday, April 28th, from 1-2:30 pm Eastern time (10-11:30 am Pacific), Mad in America Continuing Education will be host a webinar on the Early Assessment and Support Alliance, a one-of-a-kind early intervention project in Oregon for youth experiencing psychosis. The EASA projects are unique in that they build on nearly 2 decades of outcome research and represent a pragmatic blend of models from Australia, Open Dialogue, and others.

The Early Assessment Support Alliance (EASA) Center for Excellence provides training, research and support for Oregon’s statewide network of early intervention programs.

This 90 minute on-line webinar will describe EASA, its history of expansion and clinical evolution, including the approach to the use of psychiatric medications and psychosocial approaches. Dr. Melton will present data on outcomes and compare EASA with Open Dialogue and other programs. The session will include time for questions and discussion.

Ryan Melton, PhD at Portland State University is the clinical director for Oregon’s statewide network of 27 programs offering assistance to young people going through a first psychotic experience and their families. In addition to his work as clinical director of the EASA Center for Excellence at Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute (RRI), Dr. Melton provides clinical and technical assistance to early intervention programs nationwide. He holds faculty appointments at Oregon State and has received numerous awards for his work in this field.

“EASA’s mission is to support young people in staying on their normal life path by uniting the strengths and voices of young adults and their allies to create a thriving community and revolution of hope,” Dr. Melton said.

Mad in America Continuing Education hosts online courses taught by leaders in the field. These courses provide a scientific critique of the existing paradigm of care, and tell of alternative approaches that could serve as the foundation for a new paradigm, one that emphasizes psychosocial care, and de-emphasizes the use of psychiatric medications, particularly over the long-term.

For more information, and to sign up for the upcoming webinar, visit


bnikkel_miaceRobert Nikkel, MSW, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Public Psychiatry Training Program at Oregon Health and Science University. He was the State of Oregon’s commissioner for both mental health and addictions from 2003-2008. He is the director of the Mad in America Continuing Education project and a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.

One thought on “Mad in America to Host Webinar On Oregon’s Innovative Early Psychosis Programs

  1. Deborah Marks says:

    What about people who have a first psychosis later in life?

    . My son had a psychotic break at 37 , now he is 38. he is in Oregon did not qualify for this program, is being treated by his ‘prescriber’ and a case management team as if there is no hope and it’s only been 7 months , with 4 months on medications which are causing many bad side effects

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