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Using Techniques from the Finnish Open Dialogue Model in First Episode Care in the US: Lessons Learned from McLean Hospital

Please mark your calendars for an upcoming MAPNET Webinar on May 20th, 2019 from 10:30am to 11:30am (EST). The title is Using Techniques from the Finnish Open Dialogue Model in First Episode Care in the US: Lessons Learned from McLean Hospital and will be led by Kirsten Bolton, LICSW and Joseph B. Stoklosa, M.D. of McLean Hospital.

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Presenter Bios:

Kirsten Bolton, LICSW, is a social worker, and the Program Director for McLean OnTrack, a first episode transdiagnostic psychosis program at McLean Hospital. Over the past seven years she has been a pivotal force in turning OnTrack into the thriving program it is today. Since her career at McLean began she has consistently been identified as a clinician who has a strong interest in supporting the family members of those experiencing psychosis. She has participated in research, direct patient care, and administrative functions that have highlighted her versatility within the fields of mental health care and social work. Kirsten is currently enrolled in the three year International Certification Training in Dialogic Practice, and in the summer of 2020, she will be amongst the first group in the US who will have received the official “Train the Trainer” certification.

 Joseph B. Stoklosa, M.D., is a psychiatrist at McLean Hospital. Clinically, he works on an inpatient psychotic disorders teaching unit, where he supervises second year psychiatry residents and HMS medical students. Dr. Stoklosa has earned several teaching awards locally, regionally, and nationally for his teaching of medical students and residents. Administratively, he is the Clinical Director of Psychotic Disorders at McLean with oversight of several levels of care including inpatient, outpatient, and residential, and most recently he has been building a new PACT service over the last year.  He has developed the clinical care on the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Inpatient Program modeled after Finland’s Open Dialogue.  He is the Assistant Program Director for the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency at McLean, with specific roles in co-leading the Clinician Educator Program and co-chairing the Clinical Competency Committee. He is also Associate Director of Medical Student Education at McLean. 

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First Episode Psychosis: The Why, What and How of Implementing Evidence-Based Practice

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Please join us for our upcoming conference, First Episode Psychosis: The Why, What and How of Implementing Evidence-Based Practice, which will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Speakers for the day will include First Episode Psychosis experts such as Matcheri Keshavan, Kim Mueser, Cori Cather, and Dost Ongur.

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Early Psychosis within the Veteran Population

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming webinar on Monday, March 11th from 9:30am to 10:30am. The title is Early Psychosis within the Veteran Population and will be led by Drs. Amy Wilson and Rachelle Calixte, who work in the STEER Program at the Bedford VA. Please read their biographies (below) for more information about what they do.

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Amy Wilson, Ph.D.

Dr. Wilson is Bedford VAMC’s Local Recovery Coordinator. In that capacity, she is a champion for the recovery model and evidence-based practices for individuals with psychosis. Dr. Wilson is also the program manager for the STEER program (Specialized Team for Early Engagement and Recovery), which is one of the first Coordinated Specialty Care programs in VA. She is also the co-chair of Bedford’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery post-graduate fellowship.


Rachelle Calixte, PhD

Rachelle Calixte received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from American University in 2017. She completed her pre-doctoral internship through the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services at Connecticut Valley Hospital. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation at the Bedford VA 2017-2018. She currently works in the Department of Psychology at the Bedford VA. She values providing recovery-oriented, resiliency-focused services through a Coordinated Specialty Care model, which is reflected in her work in the STEER program, Supported Employment and Education, Peer Services, and Suicide Prevention.

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Conference: Advancing Early Psychosis Clinical Care in the United States

This meeting will draw together national experts in CSC implementation along with clinicians from newly established community programs. The agenda will focus on issues related to sustaining evidence-based CSC, including fidelity monitoring and feedback, measurement-based treatment, strengthening interdisciplinary collaboration, achieving rapid and enduring client engagement, and employing shared decision-making principles.


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