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Webinar: Introduction to Mental Health Recovery in Social Work

When: Monday, May 5, 2014, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm EDT   

This event has reached its capacity.  To be placed on the waitlist for "Introduction to Mental Health Recovery in Social Work," please e-mail

CSWE will be releasing an interactive recorded version of "Introduction to Mental Health Recovery in Social Work" following our live webinar in May. This version will be offered at no cost to participants. Participants will be able to download and complete the webinar content on their own time, and they will be eligible for 1.5 CE credits after successful completion of the asynchronous course requirements.  Contact us ( if you wish to receive notification when the on-demand version of this webinar is released.


Patrick Sullivan and Lauren SpiroPatrick Sullivan, Indiana University School of Social Work
Lauren Spiro, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

To learn more about our speakers, visit




Event Introduction

Mental health care in the United States has been called fragmented, limited in the scope of care, and plagued by deficits, and has been accused of viewing the consumer’s condition as chronic. The mental health recovery movement seeks to remedy those ills. There are strong ties between the movement and social work. Our first in a series of three recovery-related webinars will focus on defining mental health recovery, tracking its origins and development over time, and discussing the alignment of the recovery model to social work practice.

  • Target audience: Social Work Field Instructors/Supervisors, Faculty, Practitioners and Students
  • Social Work Practice Level: Beginning/Intermediate

CE Credit for Live Webinar

Participants are eligible for 2 free CE credits, through CSWE as an ACE provider, on successful completion of the webinar, including the prereading material assigned; a posttest; and an evaluation. The prereading material is sent to registrants in advance of the webinar. The posttest and evaluation are administered online at the conclusion of the webinar. The CE certificate will be e-mailed to participants following the webinar.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Define recovery
  2. List two milestones in the evolution of the recovery movement
  3. List three of the 10 components of recovery
  4. Identify two principles, values or practices of social work that are compatible with recovery
  5. Identify one area of social work practice that would change if recovery-oriented practice is implemented

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), provider #1163, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. ASWB Approval Period: January 23, 2012–January 23, 2015. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine CE approval.


If you have any questions about the webinar series, please contact the Council on Social Work Education at or +1.703.519.2063.

Save-the-Dates for CSWE's upcoming events:

  • On-demand version of "Introduction to Mental Health Recovery in Social Work" to be released May 2014
  • Webinar: "Mental Health Recovery Competencies in Social Work" - Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 1:00 - 2:30 PM EDT
  • Webinar: "Infusing Mental Health Recovery in Practice and Field Instruction" - Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 1:00 - 2:30pm EDT
  • Registration for our upcoming events will open soon. For more information, contact

Recovery Curriculum Support Materials Are now Available!

CSWE has released a number of recovery-oriented curriculum support materials for use by social work programs and practitioners. This is part of our Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded Recovery to Practice initiative.

The following resources are available:

History of CSWE RTP Initiative

CSWE has been awarded a subcontract from SAMHSA to develop, implement, and evaluate mental health recovery-oriented training materials for social work educators and practitioners. The 5-year initiative will increase the mental health recovery training resources available to social workers. This project is part of a larger initiative by SAMHSA to aid the behavioral health workforce.         

We join SAMHSA in recognizing that those with substance use or mental disorders can recover to lead meaningful, fulfilling, and healthy lives. As part of this outlook, CSWE signed a Recovery to Practice (RTP) Joint Resolution expressing its commitment to integrate the mental health recovery model within social work education and practice.

Learn more about our organization's efforts to engage in the National Dialogue on Mental Health 2013.

Recovery Resources

SAMHSA Recovery to Practice — offers e-news, webinars, training and technical assistance, and more than 900 recovery-oriented resources

Mental Health.Gov — information and resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services

Mental Health America — advocacy organization addressing behavioral health with affiliates in a majority of states; Debbie Plotnick is the senior director of state policy at Mental Health America and will be co-facilitating one of CSWE's Recovery to Practice webinars in spring 2014

National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) — the largest U.S. grassroots organization representing people with lived experience of mental health recovery; Lauren Spiro is the director of NCMHR, one of CSWE's RTP Steering Committee members, and will be co-facilitating two of CSWE's Recovery to Practice webinars in spring 2014

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse — a peer-run national technical assistance center funded through SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services; Joseph Rogers is executive director and Susan Rogers is director of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, and both are on the CSWE RTP Steering Committee

Recovery to Practice: Developing Mental Health Recovery in Social Work — an environmental scan of recovery in social work conducted by CSWE (2011)

CMS Guidance on Same Day Billing for Mental Health Services and Primary Care Service  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new guidance on same day billing in Medicare. The guidance strengthens support for integrated primary and behavioral health care because Medicare Part B pays for reasonable and necessary integrated health care services when they are furnished on the same day, to the same patient, by the same professional or a different professional.

Recovery Training Opportunities

Beginning Friday, December 6, 2013, SAMHSA will host First Fridays webinars. These monthly webinars will be held on the first Friday of the month from noon–1 pm EST and will provide technical assistance from experts and leaders on recovery related topics. You can view the webinars here or call in at 1-888-407-5039 (PIN 556-82-342#).  

Save-the-Date!  The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is hosting a conference on The State of Mental Health Recovery: Research, Training, and Practice, September 8–9, 2014 in Austin, TX.  

Recovery News

The University of Kansas is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Strengths Perspective!  Learn about the history of the strengths movement and how Charlie Rapp and Pat Sullivan (members of the CSWE RTP Steering Committee) and others at KU supported the evolution of this seminal social work perspective.

Background on the 2013 National Conference on Mental Health 

Video on the White House Blog — President Barack Obama giving his remarks at the 2013 National Conference on Mental Health

If you would like to discuss or learn more about the CSWE RTP project, please contact

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