Youth Psychosis Psychotherapy Program
Monash University shed light on the treatment of youth psychosis in a critical five-year research program backed by Pratt Philanthropies.
In 2001 Pratt Philanthropies announced funding of $1.8 million towards a five-year research project in adolescent mental health led by Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology. Augmented funding over some seven years amounted to $2.2 million. The project’s aim was to investigate the effectiveness of adjunctive psychotherapy in the management of young people with serious mental illness. Led by Professor Bruce Tonge and his colleagues in the School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine, the research project became known as the ‘Time for a Future: Youth Psychosis Psychotherapy Programme’ (YPPP).
This major project extended Pratt Philanthropies’ long history of support of medical research at Monash. Pratt Philanthropies was one of the earliest major supporters of the Monash Institute for Reproduction and Development, under founding director Professor David de Kretser, later to become Governor of Victoria.