Edmonton Early Psychosis Intervention Program

The Edmonton Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic (EEPIC), located downtown on 108St is a subspecialty, multidisciplinary service with a mandate to provide rapid access to evidence based clinical services, for individuals ages 16-35, who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. EEPIC provides a comprehensive, initial psychiatric assessment, and longitudinal follow up as appropriate, for up to 3 years.

The multidisciplinary team consists of nurses, occupational therapist, addictions counsellors, social workers and psychiatrists. The team is also supported by psychologists and psychometrists at Alberta Hospital, who conduct neuropsychological testing for clients. In accordance with EPI guidelines, we hold weekly case conferences to review referrals, discuss management of difficult cases and review results of neuropsychological testing.

Clients are assigned a mental health therapist, who help engage them in goal setting and assist them in reaching their individual goals on their journey to recovery. Psychiatrists provide psychoeducation, assessment and medication management, while supporting mental health therapists, as necessary. Other aspects of treatment include individual and group psychotherapy, social/recreational programs through Challenge by Choice, social work (for example, assistance with housing/ income support as necessary), addictions counseling, and occupational therapy support in reaching educational and employment goals.

The EEPIC team also provide support to families of the individuals enrolled in the program, through the Family Support Team. If family dynamics play a significant role in the client’s presentation, and the family wishes to participate, family therapy can also be arranged.

Medical students and residents on elective placements with the EEPIC team will participate in multidisciplinary assessment and management of patients with first episode psychosis.