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Best Practices in Psychiatric Rehabilitation


Introduction to Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Skills Training

Many of us learn by doing and yet we still find that most of our interventions consist of talking and processing. Groups and individual sessions should offer the opportunity for participants to learn and practice new skills that support their personal recovery.

This introductory training seeks to increase focus on skills training in group work and in individual sessions. Using psychiatric rehabilitation as a foundation, this two-day training will focus on:

  • Introduction to psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Common skill challenges experienced by people with serious mental illness
  • Overview of skills training and its role in recovery
  • The steps-based approach for facilitating skills training
  • Breaking down skills into steps
  • Evidence-based techniques to teach coping, social, and other living skills
  • Making skills training engaging and enjoyable

    At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Define psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Explain core psychiatric rehabilitation principles
  • Identify common challenges with skills development for people with serious mental illness
  • Describe the skills training approach in psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Identify how individuals can overcome barriers to their goals by developing practical strategies and skills
  • Demonstrate ways to train people in the areas of relaxation/stress reduction, social skills, and living skills
  • Execute the process for breaking down skills into steps
  • Describe how they can implement these skills in programs
  • Identify tools for self-assessment and supervisory review
  • Name(s) and qualifications of facilitator(s):
    Amanda Saake, LMSW, CPRP, , is the Director of Training and the Director of 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. Her areas of training expertise include: person-centered planning, integrating health and wellness in behavioral health, overcoming institutionalization, psychiatric rehabilitation, fostering recovery-oriented practice, facilitating recovery-focused groups, cognitive behavioral techniques in group work, harm reduction theory and practice, coping, social, & living skills training, and shared decision making.

    She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Amanda is a graduate of Marywood University (Scranton, PA) and Columbia University School of Social Work (New York, NY). 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. Her 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.

    Marlo (Maria Lourdes) Pasion, LCSW, is a senior training and implementation specialist for the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery (CRR) at the Coalition for Behavioral Health.

    She collaborates with New York City behavioral health providers on enhancing access and quality of person-centered and recovery-oriented services through her provision of trainings and technical assistance. Prior to joining CRR at The Coalition, Marlo served as program director at The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC)’s Harlem Bay Network Personalized Recovery-Oriented Services (PROS) program.

    Her diverse direct practice experience includes human services within the domains of youth residential and youth outreach, families with children diagnosed under the autism spectrum, older adults, adult behavioral health, and survivors of domestic violence. Marlo is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz, and New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. She most recently became certified as a Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor.

    * Information for Continuing Education:
    This course is approved for 12 LMSW/LCSW CE hours, 12 LMHC CE hours and 12 CASAC/CPP/CPS CE hours. Please have your Social Work License Number on hand.

    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, no exceptions please.

    Important Notice:
    The Coalition for Behavioral Health, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0098 and is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0121.

    For questions about CE credits please contact:
    Amanda Saake, Director Training and The Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery at

    While this workshop is free of charge, there is a $50 cancellation fee if registrants do not cancel more than 24 hours in advance. To cancel, please email Deborah Short at:

    Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, February 19 - 20, 2019* Participants must commit to attending both days.
    Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: The Coalition for Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc. | 123 William Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1901 | Manhattan

    **If you have NOT received a confirmation notice after completing the registration process it means that you are NOT registered, please contact Deborah Short for assistance at: or call 212-742-1600 x 235. Thank you for your interest in our training.

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