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About Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Psychiatric Rehabilitation supports people to choose their life role goal they want to work on, obtain the resources to get that goal, and then support maintaining that new role. Life role goals can be social connections, education, employment, housing, and more. Psychiatric rehabilitation promotes recovery, full community integration, and improved quality of life for persons who have been diagnosed with any mental health condition that seriously impairs their ability to lead meaningful lives.

Learning principles for psychiatric rehabilitation and incorporating psychiatric rehabilitation skills into your everyday practice will support people to improve their satisfaction in areas of living, learning, working and socialization.

Accessing Trainings

You can access trainings once your agency has registered to participate. You can access the registration button from the Training tab on the website.

Yes! All of the live, virtual trainings will be recorded and you can access the recording and resources through the Training page. You will also be able to access resources from live, in-person trainings there as well.

Trainings

Our goal is to work with any new employers to support training participants to complete the training. If you leave your current employer, talk with your consultation team for assistance with remaining enrolled in the academy.

Currently, the training is only available to staff working in these specific programs. We hope to expand the list of eligible staff in the future.

Sharing this information with other agency staff is allowable. It can be part of your agency-wide adoption of the psychiatric rehabilitation model to provide this knowledge to staff across your agency/program. The in-person training is only available to individuals enrolled in the training academy. Continuing education credits can only be provided to individuals enrolled in the training academy.

Emails will be sent to notify you to register for training, remind you of upcoming training, and alert you when new training content is released. Communication will be strategic and intentional.

The training academy offers two training tracks, practitioner, and supervisor. The practitioner track is offered twice during the training academy, cohort 1 starts in February 2023 and cohort 2 starts in February 2024. The supervisor track will start in March of 2024. To participate in the supervisor track, you must complete the cohort 1 practitioner track.

Absolutely! Because of the low time commitment, staff who start cohort 1 after February 2023 can easily catch up on the webinars, podcasts, learning modules. Once in-person training begins, you will need to work with your consultation team regarding new enrollment to the training academy.

You must complete 45 hours of training to be eligible for the scholarship to take the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner credential exam. The 45 hours of training are scheduled over 19 months. You can expect to need about 2 hours a month to complete the webinars and office hours or learning modules. There are three half-day in-person training courses and one full day of in-person training scheduled. Those participating in the supervisor training will continue for another 18 months at the conclusion of the practitioner training.

Cohort 1 starts in February 2023. During phase 1, February through May, you will attend webinars, office hours, and listen to podcasts. Phase 2 will start in June and end in February 2024. During phase 2, you will have a combination of online learning modules and in person training. In Person training will be held in July, September, November, and February 2024. Phase 3 will start in March 2024 and will be monthly virtual community of practice meetings. Cohort 2 will begin in February 2024 and follow the same schedule design. The supervisor cohort will start in March 2024 with the first three months being webinars.

No, agencies/programs can decide which in-person training dates work for their staffing needs. Each region will offer multiple in-person training sessions. If needed, trainees can attend training sessions in a different region.

There will be multiple in-person training sessions offered around the state. You can register for whichever training best fits your schedule. If you cannot attend any of the in-person training sessions offered, speak to your consultation team for guidance.

Visit the training academy website at https://psychrehabacademy.org to register for training opportunities and for valuable information about the training academy.

During the supervisor training’s second phase, you will record supervision meetings where you provide supervision to staff. These recordings will be submitted to your trainers, and you will receive written feedback on how you implement the supervisory skills taught during the first training phase. The training is focused on teaching supervisors how to identify when staff are offering a psychiatric rehabilitation service, support the fidelity of the model, incorporate psychiatric rehabilitation into their current service delivery and develop strategies to support staff when challenges arise.

The supervisor training is to teach supervisors how to recognize when a staff member is offering a psychiatric rehabilitation service and then how to provide support, supervision, and assistance to the staff to ensure that they are providing effective psychiatric rehabilitation services.

It is possible to participate in the supervisor training cohort if you do not supervise staff. If you are interested in this opportunity, speak with your consultation team.

Ideally supervisors will have 4-5 staff who have attended or are attending the practitioner training. If a supervisor has less that will be acceptable. This requirement ensures enough opportunity for supervisors to use the skills taught during the training to develop fluency.

To participate in the supervisor training, you must successfully complete cohort 1 practitioner training. The 45 hours of training are scheduled over 19 months. You can expect to need about 2 hours a month to complete the webinars and office hours or learning modules. There are three half-day in-person trainings and one full day of in-person training scheduled. Those participating in the supervisor training will continue for another 18 months at the conclusion of the practitioner training. The supervisor training will have about the same time commitment as the practitioner training.

Cohort 1 starts in February 2023. During phase 1, February through May, you will attend webinars, office hours, and listen to podcasts. Phase 2 will start in June and end in February. During phase 2, you will have a combination of online learning modules and in person training. In Person training will be held in July, September, November, and February 2024. Phase 3 will start in March 2024 and will be monthly virtual community of practice meetings. The supervisor cohort will start in March 2024 with the first three months being webinars. The supervisor cohort will require only virtual attendance.

Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner

Yes! Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) oversees the CPRP certification and they have created a pathway to the exam for participants in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Academy. You can learn more by going to the CPRP and Scholarships tab on our website.

The New York State Office of Mental Health has set aside enough money to sponsor 750 scholarships. Visit the CPRP and Scholarship tab on this website to apply for a scholarship.

No. While the CPRP is not considered an LPHA, the CPRP does count towards professional staff for your program.

The CPRP is a nationally recognized credential that fosters the growth of a qualified, ethical, and culturally diverse psychiatric rehabilitation workforce through the enforcement a practitioner code of ethics. Although it is not a license, it is a professional certification that can help advance your career if you do not have other licenses or certifications.

NYPRTA leadership has worked closely with Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) to include a practice exam and online prep course to each person who is eligible for a scholarship through the training academy. It is important to take advantage of these resources as the CPRP test is not an easy one. Each scholarship recipient will have access to accommodations, if necessary. Each training academy participant will also have a second opportunity to take the exam at no cost if they do not pass their first attempt.

At the conclusion of the cohort training calendar, enrollees will receive an email to register for the exam scholarship. Once your scholarship is approved, you can register for the exam. The exam is taken online. A prep course and practice exam are included in your scholarship.

All training academy enrollees can obtain the scholarship for the CPRP exam. To receive the scholarship, participants will need to complete the required 45 training hours.

You can sit for the CPRP exam after completing your 45 training hours for the practitioner cohort. There is no certification or exam for the supervisor track.

No. This is just the receipt from the scholarship. You do not need to pay for anything (the test prep materials or exam).

Please select NY State Program Application.

It’s quite short and mostly asks for brief, general information.

Approx. 1 day after you complete the application, you will receive an email giving you access to schedule the exam. Note: The exam you receive will encourage you to take the exam between August 1st and October 15th, 2024.

The new exam will be available starting August 1st.

The test prep materials are a great way to make up credits. You can also attend SUD sessions, CoP (Community of Practice) sessions as well as Regional and Organizational Consultations.