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Introduction to Recovery Oriented Practice


Introduction to Recovery Oriented Practice

**Hello, I'm sorry, this training is now closed to registration. Please contact Deborah Short at for details or call 212-742-1600 x 235. Thank you.

Today, the driving philosophy in mental health services – and in the Medicaid reforms underway - is recovery. Outpatient mental health treatment programs are integral providers in this model. This full day course will teach about recovery-oriented practice in mental health care, and how to integrate this approach into clinical work.

The morning session with focus primarily on developing an understanding of recovery practice, skills and principles, through both discussion and exercises. The afternoon session will be devoted to operationalizing these skills and principles both at the organizational and clinical level. A special focus will be placed on recovery-oriented engagement strategies and practices.

Specifically, participants will learn about:

  • How recovery practice differs from traditional treatment, and how the two approaches can be used in tandem to meet individuals’ needs.
  • Clinical practices that supports mental health recovery
  • Identifying and overcoming challenges and barriers to recovery-oriented practice
  • Identify challenges to using recovery practices
  • At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:
  • Describe mental health recovery
  • Describe common barriers to operationalizing recovery practices
  • Identify clinical practices that support mental health recovery
  • Name and qualifications of facilitators:
    Amanda Saake, LMSW, CPRP is the Director for the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery at the Coalition for Behavioral Health, where she provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to community behavioral health providers in New York City. In addition to these activities, Amanda frequently presents at regional and national conferences. Her areas of training expertise include: person-centered planning, integrating health and wellness in behavioral health, overcoming institutionalization, psychiatric rehabilitation, fostering recovery-oriented practice, facilitating recovery-focused groups, cognitive behavioral techniques in group work, harm reduction theory and practice, coping, social, & living skills training, and shared decision making.

    Amanda is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor. Amanda is a graduate of Marywood University (Scranton, PA) and Columbia University School of Social Work (New York, NY). Amanda has worked in a broad range of community behavioral health settings including supportive housing, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), harm reduction, LGBT youth outreach, and Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) as both a practitioner and supervisor. Amanda has been a member of the Certification Commission for Psychiatric Rehabilitation’s (CPRP) Board of Subject Matter Experts (Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association) since 2013. In her current position, Amanda strives to build the capacity of community based providers to deliver high quality, recovery-oriented services so as to increase service access and quality so more people can achieve the promise of recovery. Amanda’s commitment to the promotion of recovery-oriented interventions is also personal and predates her professional development, stemming from her first encounter with mental health services at the age of 17.

    Marlo (Maria Lourdes) Pasion, LMSW, is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz, and New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Marlo has been engaged in direct practice for ten years, which includes her previous work in California as a youth counselor at Aspiranet’s Family-focused Support Network, Bill Wilson Center’s Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter, and St. Andrew’s Residential Programs for Youth.

    In New York, Marlo has previously been a part of Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA)’s Project Open and Pet & Elder Team Support, Metropolitan Hospital’s Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program, and Safe Horizon at the Queen’s Family Justice Center. Most recently, Marlo has served as program director at The Mental Health Association’s Harlem Bay Network Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) program, following her tenure as team leader and intake coordinator. Her passion for learning, research, and collaboration is a guiding force to her prospective work with various PROS and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) programs in enhancing recovery-oriented, strengths-based services

    *Information for Social Work Continuing Education:
    This course has been approved for 6 LMSW/LCSW CE hours.
    This course has been approved for 6 LMHC CE hours.
    This course has been approved for 6 CASAC/CPP/CPS CE hours.

    In order to receive the CE hours participants must: attend both sessions; arrive on time; stay for the full session; submit a post-test; and document their attendance via the Social Work CE sign in and sign-out roster. No credit will be provided for partial attendance.

    Important Notice:
    The Coalition for Behavioral Health, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0098 and is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0121.

    For questions about CE credits: please contact: Amanda Saake, Senior Program Associate for the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery at

    Cancellation Fee: While this workshop is free of charge, there is a $50 cancellation fee if registrants do not cancel more than 24 hours in advance. To cancel, please email Deborah Short at:

    Date: Tuesday July 24, 2018
    Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: The Coalition for Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc.| 123 William Street, 19th Floor

    **We reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization based on the
    demand for the workshop/meeting.**