Community Mental Health Journal

, 44:443

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

  • Evan J. Waldheter
  • David L. Penn
  • Diana O. Perkins
  • Kim T. Mueser
  • Leanne Whaley Owens
  • Elizabeth Cook
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-008-9147-6

Cite this article as:
Waldheter, E.J., Penn, D.L., Perkins, D.O. et al. Community Ment Health J (2008) 44: 443. doi:10.1007/s10597-008-9147-6

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 treatmentEarly psychosisFunctional recovery

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Evan J. Waldheter
    • 1
  • David L. Penn
    • 1
  • Diana O. Perkins
    • 2
  • Kim T. Mueser
    • 3
  • Leanne Whaley Owens
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Cook
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill USA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Dartmouth Medical SchoolHanover USA