First Advisor

Stephanie Bryson

Date of Award

Spring 6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Social Work and University Honors


Social Work




Psychoses, Psychoses -- Treatment, Psychoses -- Patients -- Care




The first experience of psychosis can be hugely disruptive to a person’s life. If left untreated, psychosis can gravely impact the long-term wellbeing and functioning of the person. In the last ten years in the U.S., the rise of the Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) model for treating First Episode Psychosis is a hopeful development for addressing the unique challenges of those experiencing psychosis. The CSC model can potentially improve long term quality of life outcomes amongst people experiencing psychosis. There have been a range of empirical studies typically conducted at the state level that show a positive range of outcomes for participants that engage in the program. However, the rapid implementation of these programs and the use of slightly different models and components leaves challenges for accurately determining how effective these programs are. There are also a lack of qualitative studies that center the voices of the participants themselves. To determine potential areas of improvement within CSC programs, I conducted a scoping review of the literature to answer the following research questions: As described in the empirical research literature, what is the efficacy of Coordinated Specialty Care programs for treating first episode psychosis? As described by participants, what is the efficacy of Coordinated Specialty Care programs for treating first episode psychosis? Are there discrepancies between the empirical research literature and first-person accounts of participants? This scoping review highlights current scholarship on the efficacy of CSC programs within the United States and locates gaps in research and practice that could better these programs through additional research.


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