On-Demand Introduction to Mental Health Recovery in Social Work

On-demand Introduction to Mental Health Recovery in Social Work

Event Introduction

CSWE is offering a series of free Web-based events to introduce social workers to the recovery model. The first part of the Web-based series, Introduction to Mental Health Recovery in Social Work, focuses on defining mental health recovery, tracking its origins and development over time, and discussing the alignment of the recovery model to social work practice. This virtual, interactive course is available to view on-demand and features Patrick Sullivan, professor of social work at Indiana University, and Lauren Spiro, director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery.


Click here to learn more about our speakers.

There is no cost to access this on-demand distance learning content, and participants are eligible for one free continuing education (CE) credit after successful completion of the course, including the assigned prereading material, a posttest, and an evaluation. It is recommended that you complete this on-demand version of Introduction to Mental Health Recovery in Social Work before participating in the rest of the Web-based series.

  • Target audience: Social work field instructors/supervisors, faculty members, practitioners, and students
  • Social work practice level: Beginning/intermediate

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to

  • define recovery;
  • list two milestones in the evolution of the recovery movement;
  • list three of the 10 components of recovery;
  • identify two principles, values, or practices of social work that are compatible with recovery; and
  • identify one area of social work practice that would change if recovery-oriented practice is implemented.

Required Prereading

To qualify for CE credit, read pages 1–25 of the CSWE situational analysis, Recovery to Practice: Developing Mental Health Recovery in Social Work, before participating in the on-demand course.


Be sure to register (below) to complete this course. If you are planning to participate in the on-demand course as a small group registered under one name, please contact [email protected] ahead of time for additional instructions to ensure eligibility for CE credit.

To register now, please visit the event registration page.

CE Credit for On-Demand Webinar

Participants are eligible for one free CE credit, through CSWE as an ACE provider, after successful completion of the on-demand course, including the prereading material assigned, a posttest, and an evaluation. A link to the prereading assignment can be found above. The posttest and evaluation are administered online at the conclusion of the course. The CE certificate will be e-mailed to participants following their completion of the course requirements.

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.

Accommodations for Persons With Disabilities

Closed captioning is available for the on-demand course. If you need help accessing this feature or have other questions about accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact CSWE at [email protected] or +1.703.519.2063. 


If you have questions about the Recovery-to-Practice web-based series, please contact CSWE at [email protected] or +1.703.519.2063.