Useful for Peer Specialists & Clients

Mental health related courses for (prospective) peer specialists — Academy of Peer Services

Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders — American Psychiatric Association

Suicide — Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Psychiatric rehabilitation — Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Store

Wellness — Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey

Disclosing mental illness status — Coming Out Proud Program: Honest, Open, Proud

Mental illness recovery — Copeland Center

Mental illness management — Emotional CPR (eCPR)

Peer support — Intentional Peer Support

Mental health generally — Mental Health First Aid

Mental health education and peer support — National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI Basics “is a free 6-week course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness.” Learn more and find locations.

NAMI Ending the Silence “is a 50-minute presentation for young adults that helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions.” Learn more and locations.

NAMI Family-to-Family “is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals living with mental illness.” Learn more and find locations.

NAMI Hope for Recovery “is an 8-hour class open to both family of adults living with mental illness and adults living with mental illness. Class members can share valuable information and experiences while also developing mutual understanding.” Find locations.

NAMI Homefront “is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions.” Learn more and find locations.

NAMI In Our Own Voice “is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers share their compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.” Learn more and find locations.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer “is a unique, experiential learning program for people living with a mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.” Learn more and find locations.

Psychiatric rehabilitation — Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery Academy

Mental illness recovery — Recovery Library

Wide variety of mental illness and substance use related courses — Relias Academy

Psychiatric rehabilitation — Rutgers Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions

Wide variety of mental illness and substance use resources — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Addiction assessment — SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment

Mental health & high school — Teen Mental Health.org

Psychiatric rehabilitation — Temple University’s College of Public Health’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Community inclusion — Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion

Illness Self-Management Tools

CPI — Wellness Self-Management (WSM) Workbook

“The Center for Practice Innovation at Columbia Psychiatry, New York Psychiatric Institute’s the WSM workbook consists of 57 lessons organized into three major chapters addressing recovery, mental health wellness and relapse prevention, and the relationship between a healthy lifestyle and recovery. Each lesson follows a similar format beginning with important information about the topic, followed by a personalized worksheet, and ends with an action step designed to assist participants to continue learning and to apply their learning between meetings.”

Free downloads at the Center for Practice Innovation.

CPI — Wellness Self-Management Plus (WSM+) Workbook

“The Center for Practice Innovation at Columbia Psychiatry, New York Psychiatric Institute’s the WSM+ workbook is a version of the original WSM workbook that has been designed for individuals who are simultaneously dealing with mental health and substance use problems. It consists of 57 lessons organized into three major chapters addressing recovery; mental health wellness, substance use harm reduction and relapse prevention; and the relationship between a healthy lifestyle and recovery. Each lesson follows a similar format beginning with important information about the topic, followed by a personalized worksheet, and ends with an action step designed to assist participants to continue learning and to apply their learning between meetings.”

Free downloads at the Center for Practice Innovation.

Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADS)

“Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) are relatively new legal instruments that may be used to document a competent person’s specific instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment. Psychiatric advance directives can be used to plan for the possibility that someone may lose capacity to give or withhold informed consent to treatment during acute episodes of psychiatric illness.”

Learn more at National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives.

Pathways to Recovery

“Pathways to Recovery is a tool to help people move forward in mental health recovery. It is an extensive self-help workbook. The workbook orients people to recovery, helps them to identify their personal strengths and dreams, and refocus on remaining positive sources of identity and a life beyond being a person with a psychiatric disability or a full-time consumer of mental health services. It helps people think about and plan how to live a full life, despite their psychiatric history or problems.”

Purchase at Amazon.

Recovery Library

“The Recovery Library is a Pat Deegan & Associates, LLC production. It’s made for people in recovery, by people in recovery. We like to think of it as a conspiracy of hope. It includes thousands of resources, videos and articles on the lived-experience of recovery and wellness.”

Learn more at Recovery Library.

Recovery Workbook I

“The Recovery Workbook: Practical Coping and Empowerment Strategies for People with Psychiatric Disabilities is a resource for professionals, family members, and consumers / survivors to help people who experience psychiatric disability begin the process of recovery. Psychiatric illness — and the stigma that surrounds it — can be devastating. People are left feeling profoundly disconnected from themselves, from others, from their environments, and from meaning or purpose in life. Recovery is a empowerment process that can help rebuild these important personal, social, environmental, and spiritual connections; and help confront the devastating effects of stigma. Purpose: To teach awareness and understanding of the recovery process. To teach coping and empowerment strategies for recovery. To provide the information and skills needed to strengthen the recovery process, to cope more creatively, and to live life more fully.”

Purchase at Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Store.

Recovery Workbook II

The Recovery Workbook II: Connectedness is the next step for leaders and students who have experience with The Recovery Workbook: Practical Coping and Empowerment Strategies for People with Psychiatric Disability. A resource for professionals, family members, and consumers/survivors, this workbook explores the relationship between connectedness and personal growth in the recovery process for people with psychiatric disability. Four aspects of connectedness are addressed: connectedness with oneself, with others, with our environments, and with a larger meaning or purpose in life. Knowledge, skills, and values related to connectedness are presented.”

Purchase at Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Store.

WRAP

“The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals.“

Learn more at Mental Health Recovery.