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Introduction to Recovery Oriented Practice


Introduction to Recovery Oriented Practice

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 free 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.

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 facilitator:
    Amanda Saake, LMSW, CPRP is a Senior Program Associate 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.

    She 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.
    She 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.

    *Information for Social Work Continuing Education:
    This course has been approved for 6 social work CE hours.
    This course is pending approval for 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 SW CPE 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 #0098.

    For questions about CE credits: please contact: Bradley Jacobs, Director of The Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery at

    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: or call 212-742-1600 x 235.

    Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
    Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: The Coalition for Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc.| 123 William Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1901.

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