The Center

Register Now!

Secure your attendance by registering online, by mail or by fax.

Person-Centered Recovery Planning and Documentation


Focusing on the Golden Thread

TARGET AUDIENCE ** This training is intended ONLY for individuals who work in PROS and have Individualized Recovery Planning as a core job responsibility. PROS supervisors and managers are also encouraged to attend. Participants must commit to attending both days of the workshop.

In Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS), the person-centered approach offers a respectful and dynamic response to the challenges of planning individualized, rehabilitation, and recovery-oriented services.

A person-centered approach supports individuals to drive their own recovery and encourages a holistic method of collaborative planning. Individualized Recovery Planning (IRP) in PROS goes beyond the management of diagnosis and symptoms to more fully appreciate the importance of an individual’s valued cultural preferences, natural supports and recovery-based life role goals. This skills-focused training will provide an overview of the core principles of Individualized Recovery Planning with a focus on the “nuts-and-bolts” of implementation from both a process and a documentation perspective.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive exercises where they will be able to put together the pieces of a quality IRP that integrates assessments, narrative summaries, life role goals, SMART objectives and skills-focused interventions that are needed to reach an individual’s recovery goals. Participants will receive sample assessment summaries, narrative summary, IRP, and progress note that weaves the golden thread through a single PROS-specific case vignette.

Specifically, this course focuses on the Individualized Recovery Planning process in PROS, including:

  • purpose of documentation
  • writing up findings in a strength-based, person-centered way
  • formulating assessment results into a narrative formulation
  • developing life role goals
  • constructing SMART objectives
  • composing skills-focused interventions
  • documenting progress over time
  • At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:
  • define and describe recovery as it relates to mental health
  • discuss the flow of person-centered planning
  • articulate the difference between treatment goals and individual recovery goals
  • explain techniques for conducting assessments utilizing a recovery-oriented approach
  • use strengths-based, recovery oriented language in documentation
  • construct the following elements of an Individualized Recovery Plan including: life-role goals, SMART objectives, and measurable interventions (services)
  • identify tools and techniques to utilize when documenting progress
  • Names and qualifications of facilitators:
    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. Amanda has presented person-centered recovery planning at national and regional conferences alongside leading experts in the field including Dr. Janis Tondora and Maria Restrepo-Toro from Yale University. Amanda is a graduate of Marywood University and Columbia University School of Social Work.

    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.

    Assisting Amanda with the exercises throughout the workshop will be Marlo Pasion, Program Associate, The Coalition for Behavioral Health.

    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’s Project Open and Pet & Elder Team Support, Metropolitan Hospital’s Assertive Community Treatment 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 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 HCBS programs in enhancing recovery-oriented, strengths-based services.

    Information regarding Social Work Continuing Education:
    This course has been approved for 12 social work 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 of Behavioral Health Agencies SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as 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

    ** This is a two-day training, participants must be able to commit to attending both sessions.
    Dates: Tuesday, April 25th and Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

    Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
    Location: The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc. | 123 William Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1901 | Manhattan

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