Winter Forum 2013 – Promoting Early Intervention in Mental Health

Winter Forum 2013

Promoting Early Intervention in Mental Health

with Tiffanie Ng, MS, OTR/L and Michelle Schweon, MS, OTR/L

Saturday, January 12, 2013
12:30–4:00 PM

REACH, 1430 Tully Road, Suite 409, San José, CA 95122

Program Description

Mental health research has found that there are individuals as young as age 10 that are exhibiting early warning signs of possible serious mental illnesses. With this information being revealed, there is a new movement within mental health services, appropriately named Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI). Santa Clara County has developed the REACH program to focus on early awareness and detection within the community. REACH staff have been trained and supervised by the PIER Training Institute in Portland, Maine, which utilizes the Early Detection Model. This unique client-centered program revolves around education about early warning signs through community outreach and provision of services to young individuals and their supports. Program treatment focuses on problem solving with the use of multi-family groups, psycho-education, and functional skill development. This presentation will cover the basics of PEI, the PIER early detection model, as utilized by the REACH program, and the significant role of OT within the trans-disciplinary team.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize multiple benefits of early intervention for severe mental illnesses.
  • Identify the four categories and warning signs for possible psychosis
  • Understand the primary PIER Model interventions
  • Demonstrate insight into the unique role of OT within PEI

Presenters’ Bios

Tiffanie Ng, MS, OTR/L, currently serves the role of occupational therapist and Education and Employment Specialist at the REACH program under Starlight Community Services.

Michelle Schweon, MS, OTR/L, currently works as occupational therapist and case manager at the REACH program under Momentum for Mental Health.

Tiffanie and Michelle have worked together collaboratively since REACH was established in 2010 to assess and provide individual and group treatment as part of a service team.


Pay at the door: $25 for POTAC & OTAC members; $40 for nonmembers; students $5

Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs & CEUs – 3 contact hours 

A percentage of all proceeds go to the Kim Aspelund Memorial Scholarship

To reserve a space, register with Michelle Schweon by 1.9.2013 at (408) 207-0070 Ext. 5301 or gro.hmmutnemomnull@noewhcsm

Location and parking are in the Tully Business Center, just west of the Tully exit on Hwy. 101.

This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of Continuing Education Credit (CEUs) for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Provider Name: Psychiatric Occupational Therapy Action Coalition. POTAC’s Provider Number: PCE 5125. There will be no refunds in cases of failure to attend the complete presentation.


Winter Forum 2013 – Early Intervention – Flyer