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Loneliness in Early Psychosis: a Qualitative Study Exploring the Views of Mental Health Practitioners in Early Intervention Services

About the Course

Loneliness is an important public health problem with established adverse effects on physical and mental health. Although people with psychosis often experience high levels of loneliness, relatively little is known about the relationship between loneliness and early psychosis. Potential interventions to address loneliness might be easier to implement early in the illness when social networks and social skills may be more intact than at a later stage. This study investigated the views of mental health practitioners about the context and causes of loneliness in people with early psychosis, and about potential interventions.

This course is based on the reading-based online, Loneliness in Early Psychosis: a Qualitative Study Exploring the Views of Mental Health Practitioners in Early Intervention Services created by Theodora Stefanidou, BSc, MSc, et al. in 2021.

Publication Date:

Mar 2021

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Theodora Stefanidou, BSc, MSc

Theordora Stefanidou is a Research Fellow in the Division of Psychiatry at University College, London. She has had 13 articles published in peer reviewed journals.

Jingyi Wang, Ph.D

Jingyi Wang is a Research Associate in the Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing - Population Science and Experimental Medicine at University College London. Her main research interest is in loneliness, its impact on mental health and its interventions. She has had 29 works published in peer reviewed journals.

Nicola Morant, Ph.D.

Nicola Morant, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Division of Psychiatry at University College, London. Dr. Morant joined UCL in 2015. She completed an MSc and PhD in social psychology at London School of Economics. Her research interests include collaborative forms of medication management in mental health and acute care for mental health crises.

Course Creator

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D., PMH-C, CPLC

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Reno, NV. She opened a private practice after 10 years of conducting home-based assessment and therapy with the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. Dr. Mosco’s clinical interests include maternal mental health, older adults, and third wave cognitive behavioral therapies.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. List at least 2 physical and mental health outcomes associated with loneliness.
  2. Recognize how clients in early psychosis express loneliness.
  3. Identify at least 2 connections/correlates between loneliness and psychosis.
  4. Discuss interventions to address loneliness in early psychosis.

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Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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