Empowering Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities: The Role of the Peer Model in CILs (15 Hours)

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About the Training

As consumer-controlled, cross-disability organizations, CILs have a duty not just to provide services to consumers with psychiatric disabilities, but to ensure that they are an integral part of the organization: on staff, on the board, providing leadership and peer support. Every CIL serves people with psychiatric disabilities, whether they realize it or not. But there’s a lot of work between serving a few consumers and developing the staff competencies, peer support, and funding necessary for an exemplary approach. Let us help you improve and expand your work with people with psychiatric disabilities with a framework for inclusion and program development. Our presenters will give you the skills and knowledge to conceptualize, build, and implement an outstanding mental health program at your CIL.

Target Audience

This training provides strategies to confront discrimination related to mental health in the independent living field, and identify steps in planning and implementing programs in centers and the necessary funding needed to serve individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Executive Directors, Board Members, Program Managers and staff at centers interested in expanding services for people with psychiatric disabilities would benefit most from this training.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, you will have knowledge of:

  • The role of CILs in serving people with psychiatric disabilities
  • An overview of the Mental Health System
  • Philosophical reasons for a CIL to get involved
  • What CILs need to know about involuntary treatment
  • How CILs can confront prejudice, fear, and discrimination
  • How to ensure meaningful involvement of consumers/survivors
  • Steps involved in planning and implementing programs
  • Strategies for gaining board of directors and staff buy-in
  • Promising practices shared by centers with successful programs
  • How to address potential barriers and gaps
  • How to build relationships with survivors and other stakeholders
  • Funding streams available to expand and finance services
  • Ways to build staff competencies
  • Steps to establish and manage contracts, set rates, and maintain relationships with funders

Video/Training Materials/Resources

Below are the links to the recorded sessions, the PowerPoint presentations, text transcripts of the presentations, and a link to additional resources on CIL Programs & Services and Inclusion, Diversity & Underserved Populations. To view individual presentations, follow the links below. To view a catalog of presentations from this training visit:  http://ilru.mediasite.com/mediasite/Catalog/Full/9d3faf027c1745fa8a4150eb59d996a321.

Module 01: Alignment of Recovery and IL Movements

Module 02: History of the Recovery Movement

Module 03: Confronting Prejudice, Fear, and Discrimination - Part 1

Module 04: Confronting Prejudice, Fear, and Discrimination - Part 2

Module 05: Overview of Mental Health System

Module 06: Group Discussion: Philosophical Reasons to Get Involved - Questions & Answers / Review of Day 1

Module 07: Questions from Day 1

Module 08: Overview of Two CILs: Vermont and NILP/NERLC

Module 09: First Steps in Program Development: Contrasting Approaches

Module 10: Providing Core Services to All Consumers

Module 11: Peer Certification and Core Competencies

Module 12: Inclusive CILs: Reviewing Your Organization

Module 13: Beyond "Token" Inclusion

Module 14: Identifying Potential Funding Streams

Module 15: Medicaid Funding of Peer Support

Module 16: Questions from Day 2

Module 17: Participant Sharing of Action Plans

Additional Training, Publications and Resources on CIL Programs & Services and Inclusion, Diversity & Underserved Populations