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Module 1: Assessment, Engagement, and Ethical Considerations

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Length: 1 hour

Exam Items: 3

This one-hour program is the first of a four part APA series on Serious Mental illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance (SMI/SED).  The series is based on the Curriculum developed by APA for SAMHSA’s Recovery to Practice initiative.  The Curriculum is a tool to provide pre- and post-doctoral trainees with state of the art instruction on new approaches and treatments for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illnesses (SMI); it is also an update and review for more seasoned practitioners.  The progam begins with an overview of the recovery movement in SMI treatment, and then presents innovative strategies for strengths-based assessment, treatment engagement, and person-centered treatment planning.  Pertinent ethical issues are also highlighted. 

Learning Objective 1
Describe four points related to the concept of recovery from serious mental illness. 

Learning Objective 2
Provide four examples of questions designed to elicit a person’s strengths, skills, resources and supports.

Learning Objective 3
Identify five steps that make up the person centered process. 

Presenters: Mary A. Jansen, PhD & Shirley M. Glynn, PhD

Sally Winston

Mary A. Jansen, Ph.D. directs Bayview Behavioral Consulting, Inc., in Vancouver, BC., Canada.  Bayview Behavioral Consulting, Inc. provides training and consulting services to government agencies, mental health and addiction service providers, forensic psychiatric hospitals, funded agencies, accrediting organizations and professional associations.

Dr. Jansen is the author, with the American Psychological Association of a fifteen module curriculum (American Psychological Association & Jansen, 2014) on the topic of recovery from serious mental illness.  The curriculum is research based, fully cited, has a complete power point presentation for each module and contains learning exercises and short quizzes.  The curriculum and all teaching materials are free and fully downloadable from www.apa.org/rtp/pi or from Dr. Jansen at jansenm@shaw.ca.

Martin Seif

Dr. Shirley M. Glynn is a licensed clinical psychologist in California who received her Ph.D. in clinical/social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She joined the VA Greater Los Angles Healthcare System and the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences to begin a program of research on family interventions in 1987.  This family research continues, and is grounded in the critical importance of the environment in recovery from psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar illness.   Her work has involved being principal or co-principal investigator on NIMH and VA funded studies examining the benefits of behavioral family therapy in schizophrenia, combat-related PTSD, and consumers with serious psychiatric disorders and co-occurring substance use disorders, as well as testing innovative strategies to involve families in the care of their loved ones with psychiatric illnesses.  Currently, Dr. Glynn is Co-Principal Investigator of the UCLA Welcome Back Veterans Family Resilience Center, funded by Major League Baseball and the McCormack Foundation, where she collaborates on community-based programs to help support Veterans’ family reintegration.   Dr. Glynn also works with VA Mental Health Services developing policy and implementing national trainings to help VA clinicians partner more effectively with the families of Veterans with psychiatric illnesses, including PTSD and comorbid substance use disorders.  Dr. Glynn oversaw the group responsible for the development and implementation of the family component of the Zucker Hillside Early Treatment team (John Kane, PI) funded by the NIMH RAISE (Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode) project.   She has over 125 scientific publications.

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