Introduction

Intervention Overview

FOCUS is one of the first mobile self-management interventions for people with serious mental illness. It is designed to provide support for the symptoms of schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses and help promote independence and recovery.

01. Training Video

Below is an overview of FOCUS, mobile health, and your role as the mobile health support specialist.

02. Written Materials

Links related to providing an overview of mHealth and the FOCUS intervention.

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​FOCUS Training Manual - Introduction and Overview

This worksheet helps the mHealth support specialist reflect on the training experiences they hope to gain in this role.


Goals, Strengths, Growth Areas Worksheet

This worksheet helps the mHealth support specialist reflect on the training experiences they hope to gain in this role.


Ben-Zeev et al., 2013

Article describing the development of FOCUS


Ben-Zeev et al., 2014

Article establishing that FOCUS is feasible


​Ben-Zeev et al., 2018

Evidence supporting the effectiveness of FOCUS

​Jonathan et al., 2018

First person experience of clients living with FOCUS

03. Other Training Recommendations

If you are viewing these training materials for the first time, as a part of the curriculum we recommend that you also engage in the following tasks or experiential exercises:

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(1) The FOCUS Experience.
Carry FOCUS for one week, respond to each prompts as if you are the client participating in the FOCUS intervention. It can be a good idea during this time to practice mHealth support calls with your peer mHealth support specialist.

(2) Make your implementation list.
Begin generating a list of tasks you think could be related to a successful run of FOCUS. What will you need to ensure a successful implementation? What do you imagine might get in the way?