Living with Psychosis? Interested in Free Group Training?

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Study Title: “Functional Brain Networks Underlying Non-pharmaceutical Interventions for Psychosis.”

Study Investigators: Dr. Todd Woodward and Dr. Mahesh Menon

Study Description: Researchers at UBC are currently running a program to contribute to research on non-pharmacological treatments for psychosis. We are investigating evidence-based group education and training that has been shown to bring strength and organization back to the brain networks affected in psychosis.

This study seeks to:

  • Compare the relative benefits ofgroup treatments that have been shown to be effective in improving daily functioning and reducing some symptoms associated with psychosis.
  • Address thinking difficulties that have been identified in those who experience psychosis by focusing on problematic thinking patterns and computerized training of thinking skills.
  • Measure changes that may occur in the brain as a result of participating in groups. This involves taking part in paid research sessions before, midway through, and after group participation.
  • For those interested,functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans and electroencephalography (EEG) recordings will be conducted to allow us to visualize the activity of the brain as it functions.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Diagnosis involving psychosis (i.e. schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, bipolar disorder, or mood disorder with psychotic features)
  • 19-60 years old
  • Fluent English speaker (Participants must have used English on a daily basis for at least 5 years, and must be able to read and understand the consent form and give written consent)
  • Interested in receiving FREE education and training sessions in a safe and supportive environment.

Time Commitment: A total of 40 hours over 3 months                                                           *Please note an honourarium is provided for all research sessions

  • Location of Research: Sessions will be held at a number of locations including UBC Hospital, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, and Outpatient Mental Health Teams.
  • Contact Details:
    • Name: Sarah Flann
    • Institutional / Department Affiliation: UBC Department of Psychiatry
    • Phone: 604-822-7312
    • Email: cnos.lab@ubc.ca
    • Lab Website: www.cnoslab.com
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