Category: Schizophrenia / Psychotic Disorders

Symposium

Symposium 110 - Approaches to Treatment Personalization for Serious Mental Illness Across the Biopsychosocial Spectrum

Saturday, November 18
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom I & J, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Severe Mental Illness | Evidence-Based Practice | Service Delivery
Presentation Type: Symposium

Treatment personalization uses client characteristics, values, and preferences to identify optimal treatment approaches in an effort to improve targeted treatment outcomes (Insel, 2014). Characteristics used vary widely, from biological measures of brain processing to client report of cultural values. Personalization is particularly important for treatment of serious mental illness, due to the significant complexity and heterogeneity of the population (e.g., Liu et al., 2011). One of the reasons why implementation of evidence-based practices remains low in serious mental illness treatment is difficulty personalizing care to diverse clients and service settings. Additionally, most evidence-based interventions have a significant failure to respond rate (e.g., Murthy et al., 2012), decreasing likelihood that administrators and policy makers will invest in their implementation. Treatment personalization is a promising method to increase effective implementation of interventions; for example, by identifying those likely to respond to a specific intervention, or modifying treatment targets based on client characteristics and values. Treatment personalization also has the promise to increase client-centered care approaches by increasing their involvement in treatment decisions.


This symposium will discuss the latest innovations in treatment personalization for serious mental illness, with an eye towards spanning the biopsychosocial spectrum and describing recommendations to clinicians to improve personalization in their own practice. Four interventions for serious mental illness will be described, including Targeted Cognitive Training, Brief Treatment for PTSD, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, and Collaborative Decision Skills Training. Data from studies of these interventions as well as other data will elucidate treatment personalization needs and approaches across biopsychosocial domains, including neuroscience, symptom presentation, functioning, client-provider interactions, and culture. Using existing data and clinical expertise, presenters will discuss ways to make clinical decisions to maximize treatment personalization, including recommendations for clinicians providing care to people with serious mental illness.

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Emily Treichler

Postdoctoral Fellow
VA San Diego MIRECC/UC San Diego

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Will Spaulding

Professor
University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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    Melissa Tarasenko

    Psychologist
    VA San Diego

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    Shirley Glynn

    Research Psychologist
    VA Greater Los Angeles/UCLA

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    Emily Treichler

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    VA San Diego MIRECC/UC San Diego

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    Yuliana Gallegos

    Local Recovery Coordinator
    VA San Diego

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