What to Expect at COPE
Participation in COPE begins with a specialized and thorough evaluation, including detailed interviews and neuropsychological testing. This includes tests of sensory perception and brain imaging. Participants also have the opportunity to be involved in other studies that include brain imaging and genetics, and open-ended interviews. Participants are compensated in cash for all research participation.
COPE offers a variety of clinical services for participants in the study.
COPE re-evaluates participants every three months for up to 2.5 years. Our goal is to understand people as they grow and change over time. For this reason, we touch base with our participants regularly, whether or not they choose to come in for treatment. Follow-up appointments are relatively brief but are important for monitoring each person’s wellbeing.
COPE understands that making the decision to go for a psychological evaluation can be difficult. Many who come to our clinic are seeking help for the first time and worry that they will be labeled with a psychiatric diagnosis rather than treated as a unique person. The treatment team at COPE is well aware of this concern and is dedicated to the consideration of each person as a whole, with his or her distinctive hopes, worries, strengths, and needs.
COPE offers a number of treatment options on an outpatient basis. Treatments offered include individual psychotherapy, family support and education, and medication consultations. All services provided are free of charge, with the exception of any medications that may be prescribed.
Treatment at COPE is optional. Some people who come to COPE already have a doctor elsewhere, wait to begin treatment, or choose not to pursue treatment at all. This choice has no effect on their status as research participants—they receive the same evaluations and opportunities as the patients in treatment.
We recognize that changes in thoughts and feelings can be very confusing and even frightening. Our research clinic provides an opportunity for young people and their families to get help from mental health professionals and learn how to handle these upsetting changes. The staff at COPE is comprised of MDs, PhDs, and MSWs, who work as a team in order to incorporate a variety of perspectives on the unique issues facing each patient.
COPE is proud to be located at a university hospital and to include medical residents, psychology interns, and social work interns as supervised clinical staff.
All evaluations and treatment, with the exception of medication, are provided free of charge.