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Clinical Services

The help you need

According to research, young people experiencing their first episode of psychosis have the best chance of a full recovery if treatment begins early. Our program is designed to give you or your loved one the necessary help, as soon as possible.

Our clinical services include:

Assessment: When you’re referred to the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP), your experience will start with a comprehensive assessment by a nurse and physician. This will include a personal interview and, with your permission, a family interview.

Treatment: After you’ve been assessed, we’ll develop a personalized treatment plan. Your treatment, which can continue for up to five years, may include:

  • medication, including newer or atypical antipsychotics
  • supportive psychotherapy
  • crisis intervention
  • education about psychosis
  • skills training and vocational counseling
  • liaising with appropriate community agencies to help in your recovery
  • relapse prevention therapy

Specialty programs

Your treatment may also be supplemented with a number of other programs designed to help you and your family. These include:

Learning About Psychosis Sessions (LAPS): This program consists of five sessions which provide information about psychosis, treatment and recovery. See the LAPS brochure [PDF - 98 kB].

Family Education Program: This is a nine-week group program that provides families with information about psychosis, treatment and recovery. It also provides tools to help families cope with stress and emotions. See the Family Education Program brochure [PDF - 45 kB] and the Family Information Sessions brochure [PDF - 12 kB].

Family Support Group: This group provides an opportunity for NSEPP family members to meet monthly to discuss relevant experiences and issues. Guest speakers are invited to present on a range of topics of importance to family members. See the Family Support Group brochure [PDF - 102 kB].