Mecklenburg's Promise is a rehabilitation center for people suffereing from mental diseases.

Recovery Trainings

The following courses are offered as components of the comprehensive recovery curriculum. These courses provide the audience with the “what’s” of recovery.

*Each course has an established number of credit hours earned and a certificate of attendence will be given to each attendee. A certificate of achievement will also be provided to participants who score 70% or higher on the post-test. Only those participants can receive the credit hours required through the State of North Carolina.

Module I: The History of Mental Health and Emergence of the Recovery Model

This training is designed to give participants an overview of mental health reform from the prehistoric times to the emergence of the recovery philosophy. Various theories about the causes of mental illness as well as the treatments utilized during each time period will be discussed. Mental health reform in North Carolina will be emphasized with particular attention given to the deinstitutionalization movement, the consumer and self-advocacy movement and the beginning of the recovery movement. Research to support the effectiveness of the Recovery Model on mental wellness will be cited and teaching tools will include hands on activities, specific examples and an award winning documentary. Recovery Trainers for this session will include both consumers and professionals.

► Identify specific beliefs, attitudes, causes and treatments of mental illness as it applies to various civilizations, as well as time periods.
► Examine the development of mental health treatment in North Carolina.
► Identify key events in the recent development of Recovery.
► Compare different models of mental health treatment.
► Learn research findings supporting the effectiveness of The Recovery Model.

Module II: Recovery Model: Past, Present and Future

The history of the recovery movement will be discussed, including when, how and by whom the recovery philosophy was established. The similarities and the differences between the Recovery Model and the Traditional/Medical Model will be outlined. An explanation of the process used to develop Mecklenburg’s Recovery Guiding Principles will be provided as well as an in-depth review on each of the principles, what they mean and how to implement them in North Carolina’s Mental Health System. A brief overview of “Evidence Based Best Practices” will also be provided.

► Identify the important figures in the development of The Recovery Movement.
► Distinguish key events in the recent development of The Recovery Movement.
► Assess the differences between The Recovery Model and The Traditional/Medical Model.
► Examine and describe each of Mecklenburg’s Guiding Principles.
► Discuss the integration of The Guiding Principles into individual agencies.
► Define and describe the concept of Evidence Based Best Practices.

Module III: Promoting a Recovery-Oriented Environment

Have you ever tried to sleep when the faucet is dripping or the toilet is running? How challenging is it to focus? Why is it so difficult? Now imagine hearing that leaky faucet or running water all of the time while you are trying to focus on work, home, sleep, fun. That is a glimpse into the world of someone who hears voices. This interactive training will focus on topics such as sensitivity, using recovery based language, functional behavior, power and control, empowerment and enabling, and the role of support teams in a recovery model. Participants will walk away with an awareness of what life is like for the people they support and how their understanding of the consumers can either help or hinder.

► Better understand the perspective of all roles within The Recovery Model.
► Understand the role of functional behavior in recovery.
► Learn how to take a “sensitive approach” to partnerships between providers and consumers.
► Compare the effectiveness of empowerment versus enabling.
► Understand the impact of perception and stigma on the recovery process.
► Define and learn the steps to ensuring Dignity of Risk.

Module IV: Implementing Recovery: Preparing For the Team Meeting

How do we, as Community Support Service providers and consumers, utilize recovery principles to develop meaningful goals, identify usable strengths, turn intake from an event into a process, and distinguish the difference between needs and services? This class will focus on assisting participants in developing usable recovery skills throughout the person- centered planning process. This training was designed by recovery “experts” in conjunction with consumers and current service providers who have the task of developing person- centered plans.

► An emphasis will be placed on the purpose of the intake process and “how” utilizing the intake process is a necessary component of person-centered planning.
► Participants will learn how to use a person-centered approach to develop a collaborative relationship with a consumer.
► The audience will gain an understanding of assessing strengths, how to conduct strengths based assessments and how to incorporate strengths into goals.
► Trainees will understand and demonstrate the difference between a need and a service.
► Participants will learn how to conduct an assessment of needs and how to incorporate unmet needs into the Person-Centered Plan.
► The role of Life Domains and ways to identify and prioritize Life Domains will be presented.

Module V: Implementing Recovery: A Team Approach

Utilizing team meetings as a method for person-centered planning is recovery focused, individualized and useful in creating “buy in” from support persons. There is a skill to convening a team meeting, to identifying formal and informal supports, and to incorporating strengths and needs into each goal and strategy. This class will teach the audience to do each of these.

► Roles of each team member will be identified and explored.
► Methods to “create buy in” from family, friends and community members will be taught.
► How to facilitate a team meeting using the person-centered planning approach will be presented.
► How to use creativity to develop meaningful goals, strategies and interventions will be presented.

Module VI: The Tools of Recovery

What do the following have in common?: Wellness Toolboxes. Crisis Plans. Family Psychoeducation. WRAP. Peer Support. Self-help and self advocacy groups. Illness (Wellness) Self Management. Give up? Each of these are strategies that have proven effective in supporting a consumer on their journey of wellness. If you have ever asked how to get a consumer more involved in their recovery and how to create personal investment and accountability with a consumer, come to this training. If you are a consumer or family member and are looking for usable wellness tools, this training is for you!

► The role of peer support, self-help and self advocacy in the recovery process will be discussed.
► An overview of SAMHSA’s IMR and Family Psychoeducation curriculums will be presented.
► Information about local resources such as NAMI, DBSA and Compeer will be presented.
► Participants will learn what a Wellness Toolbox is and how it is useful for both providers and consumers.
► Participants will begin developing their own Wellness Toolbox with usable resources to support an individual in managing their mental health and/or to manage your own mental wellness.

* Trainings must be taken sequentially.