Early Psychosis. The Course is Coming. Guy Macpherson
In This Episode
As many of you know, I’ve been working on The Trauma Therapist Project full-time now for about one year.
Prior to that, my position was as a license-eligible clinician, working under a licensed therapist, at a clinic here in Northern California for five years.
Our role was to assess and treat young individuals between the ages of 12 and 25 who were showing early signs of psychosis.
I absolutely loved the job and learned an amazing amount.
I’ve wanted to create a workshop around this topic for a long time, and so, here it is.
In this episode, I introduce this topic and share a bit about the course.
And yes, I’m very excited!
What is psychosis?
And what is early psychosis?
Two great questions, and ones which you have to answer if you’re a therapist, and could certainly help if you’re a teacher.
The word psychosis is not an actual diagnosis, but rather a collection of symptoms which indicate that an individual can not distinguish between what is real and what is not.
Early psychosis then describes those symptoms which can sometimes precede full or complete psychosis.
Such symptoms could include visual or auditory hallucinations (among others), but yet the individual still continues to maintain their hold on reality. In other words, someone might experience these symptoms but they know that those symptoms are not real.
Assessing for these symptoms, whether you’re a therapist or teacher, and whether you work with children or adults, is a crucial skill.
This is what I spent 5 years of my life doing, and I loved it.
Guy Macpherson, PhD, is a husband, a father of two, and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has spent the last several years studying the impact and treatment of trauma, and early psychosis. Guy is license-eligible, and so at this time does not offer therapy.
In 2014, Guy founded The Trauma Therapist Project with the goals of raising the awareness of trauma and creating an educational and supportive community for new trauma workers.
The Trauma Therapist Project has now grown to include The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, now being listened to in more than 160 countries around the world, as well as Trauma Therapist | 2.0, an online membership community specifically dedicated to educating and inspiring trauma workers just starting out on their trauma-informed journey.
Guy’s focus currently is on creating a vibrant, global community to support, educate and inspire new trauma workers, as well as to upend the present way that trauma is taught at the graduate level.