The UC Davis CAARE Center and UC Davis Psychiatry’s SacEDAPT Clinic have received funding to improve the assessment and treatment of underserved traumatized youth who are experiencing the early signs of psychosis.
The $570,000 grant comes from the Graduate Psychology Education Program: Workforce Training to Improve Access to Mental Health Services, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The funding will be used to train predoctoral psychology interns in a family-based intervention known as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and recovery-based treatment approaches used at the SacEDAPT Clinic. The training will be integrated into the internship that currently is offered at the CAARE Center.
Pediatric medical residents will also receive specialized training to identify trauma and early psychosis. Improving patient care through collaboration between primary care and behavioral health professionals will be a key focus of the grant.
The project director will be Anthony Urquiza, director of the UC Davis CAARE Center, and will be supported by Dawn Blacker, UC Davis CAARE Center; Albina Gogo, UC Davis Department of Pediatrics; and Cameron Carter and Tara Niendam, UC Davis Department of Psychiatry.