Original Paper

Community Mental Health Journal

, 44:443

First online:

The Graduated Recovery Intervention Program for First Episode Psychosis: Treatment Development and Preliminary Data

  • Evan J. WaldheterAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • , David L. PennAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Email author 
  • , Diana O. PerkinsAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • , Kim T. MueserAffiliated withDartmouth Medical School
  • , Leanne Whaley OwensAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • , Elizabeth CookAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Abstract

The Graduated Recovery Intervention Program (GRIP) is a novel cognitive-behavioral therapy program designed to facilitate functional recovery in people who have experienced an initial episode of psychosis. In this paper, the treatment development process of GRIP is described and data from an open feasibility trial are presented. Findings suggest clinical and psychosocial benefits associated with GRIP, and the treatment was well-received by clients and therapists. The retention rate of 67%, however, suggests the need for protocol modifications to improve engagement. Initial data on the efficacy of GRIP are encouraging, although the study design precludes more robust conclusions at this time.

Keywords

Psychosocial treatment Early psychosis Functional recovery