Distance Learning

A Culture-Centered Approach to Recovery

Culture is central, not peripheral, to the journey of recovery.  This course includes a review of the many dimensions of culture, the impact of worldview on psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) practice, and the steps to becoming a culturally competent service provider.  It includes exercises which help the learner explore their own culture and worldview as well as identify biases which could impact their relationships with others.

Understanding Recovery

This course addresses the concept of recovery from mental illness.  It includes first person stories of recovery and research that demonstrates that the majority of individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness can, and do, recover.  It explores the implications of recovery for practice, programs and service systems.  It also includes exercises to enhance the learning experience as well as video clips which highlight the experiences of persons in recovery.

Barriers to Recovery

This course reviews the various factors that can become barriers to a person’s recovery.  It addresses the impact of stigma (including professional stigma and internalized stigma) and discrimination.   It examines the problems experienced by individuals and families in accessing services. It identifies ways in which medical insurance, both private and public, can impede the recovery journey.  Suggestions for ways in which the learner can become involved in combating these barriers are included.  

Goals, Values and Principle of Recovery-oriented Practice

This course reviews the goals of psychosocial rehabilitation as a recovery-oriented practice.  PSR practice focuses on enhancing the quality of life and community participation of persons with psychiatric disabilities.  The values and principles, although sharing much in common with other humanistic traditions, describe a way of being and working with consumers that is unique to PSR practice.

Recovery Promoting Relationships

The fifth course in the Fundamentals series explores the transition from the more formal client-therapist relationship to a relationship where the focus is on building real emotional attachments, helping people rebuild their lives and promoting hope, empowerment and mutual respect.  The course includes: characteristics of recovery-promoting relationships, consumer views on “what works,” and the importance of cultural sensitivity and self-awareness.

Consumers in the Mental Health Workforce: An Overview

This course is the first of a 3-part series.  It addresses the history of the consumer movement, the benefits and challenges of hiring consumers as direct service providers and the types of positions generally available.

Community Inclusion

The course provides an overview of the term “community inclusion,” why behavioral healthcare providers should be knowledgeable of community inclusion, and what can be done to address barriers, provide supports, and expand opportunities for people with disabilities.  This course is appropriate for all levels of behavioral healthcare providers.  A combination of case studies, quizzes, and interactive games are used to help the student apply the material and make the safety of the individuals you work with your top priority.