Social anxiety, stigma and early psychosis (March 2017)

Social anxiety, stigma and early psychosis (March 2017)

This webinar will describe social anxiety, its prevalence in early psychosis and its relationship to the stigma of psychosis. Relevant research evidence that explores the relationship between social anxiety, paranoid symptoms, negative beliefs about the self and the experience of shame will be presented. The webinar will explore treatment approaches for social anxiety in early psychosis that aim to assist young people to recover their quality of life and improve psychosocial functioning.

The information in this webinar is current as at March, 2017.

Who is this webinar for?

Clinicians who work with young people in mental health services, private practice and primary care.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • Understand that social anxiety is a significant problem for young people with psychosis
  • Explore the relationship between social anxiety, paranoia and stigma in young people at-risk of developing psychosis and experiencing a first episode of psychosis
  • Explore intervention approaches for young people with social anxiety and psychosis

Prior knowledge or reading

It is recommended participants have an awareness of the Australian Clinical Guidelines for Early Psychosis, 2nd Edition 2016 Update, and that they view the free introductory online training module An introduction to Anxiety Disorders and young people.


Dr Shona Francey, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Educator, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Shona Francey is a clinical psychologist currently working as a Clinical Educator at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.  Shona has more than 30 years’ experience in public mental health and began working in the field of early intervention for psychosis when the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) was first established in 1992. Within EPPIC and the wider Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program she has held roles as case manager, group program leader, service lead psychologist and clinical stream leader of both EPPIC and the PACE Clinic for young people at ultra-high risk of developing psychosis (UHR).