Illness Management and Recovery: Evidence-Based Practices


In this course, you will learn about core values underlying the evidence-based practice of Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), including how to apply not only your existing skills, but also the approach’s teaching principles to better help your clients with severe mental illness manage and recover from their illnesses. This course provides an overview of Illness Management and Recovery evidence-based practices, and is intended for behavioral health professionals who have limited knowledge of Illness Management and Recovery. Through the use of interactive exercises and detailed vignettes, the course will give you the information and techniques you need to make IMR an effective part of your therapeutic toolbox.


Hours: 1.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Academy of Certified Care Managers

1.75 HOURS

Relias,LLC is approved by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) as a continuing education provider, #18-502RA.

This activity approved for 1.75 CMC contact hours

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-IMREBP
Hours: 1.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Explain the evidence-based approach to illness management, including both the underlying principles and goals.
Describe the four core evidence-based components of illness management.
Apply motivational, psychoeducational, and cognitive behavioral approaches.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Overview of Illness Management and Recovery A. Meet Grace B. A Different Approach C. What is Illness Management and Recovery? D. What Type of Training Do I Need? E. Illness Management and Recovery Program F. The Importance of Goal Setting G. Key Aspects of Goal Setting H. Treatment Plans: Active Participation vs. Passive Compliance I. Illness Management and Recovery: Objectives of the Program J. SAMHSA Educational Handouts K. Key Points in Using the SAMSHA Handouts L. Working Together: Customizing the Program M. Session Information N. How Effective Is IMR? O. Meet David P. Summary Section 3: Core Values of Illness Management and Recovery A. Core Values B. Hope is the Key Ingredient for the Practitioner and the Client C. The Importance of Recovery: Hope and Optimism D. Personal Choice Is Paramount E. Collaboration Is Key F. Demonstrate Respect for Your Clients G. An Individual Is the Expert on Their Own Experience of Mental Illness H. Meet Jim I. Summary Section 4: Teaching Principles A. Getting Started B. Core Components of Illness Management and Recovery C. Motivational Strategies D. Psychoeducation E. The Practitioner’s Role F. The Client’s Role G. Cognitive Behavioral Techniques H. Positive and Negative Reinforcement I. Reinforcement and IMR J. Social Reinforcement K. Natural Reinforcement L. Shaping M. Modeling N. Modeling in the Real World O. Examples of Modeling P. Practice, Practice, Practice Q. Homework Assignments R. Cognitive Restructuring S. Rethinking Mental Illness T. Relapse Prevention with Cognitive Restructuring U. Formally Speaking V. Cognitive Challenging in a Nutshell W. Probability Overestimation X. Catastrophizing Y. Using Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies Z. Behavioral Tailoring AA. Relapse Prevention BB. Do You Have the Principles? CC. Meet Steve DD. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. References

Staff Writer: Curtis Hsia, Ph.D.
Dr. Hsia is the director of the Anxiety Research Center, a clinic committed to helping people through therapy and research. He earned his BA from UCLA, and a joint school and clinical Ph.D. from Hofstra University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, and held a number of posts at Azusa Pacific University, including Associate Professor, Assistant Chair, and Chair of the Undergraduate Research Council. He is a licensed psychologist, and his research and practice focus on the treatment of anxiety disorders through cognitive behavioral therapy, in particular applied across cultures. Disclosure: Curtis Hsia, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: John Santopietro, MD
Dr. John Santopietro is Chief Medical Officer at Community Health Resources, a community mental health and substance abuse agency that provides care to 10,000 patients a year. He has held administrative and clinical positions in community mental health, hospital-based mental health, and state-run mental health systems. Dr. Santopietro received his BA from Yale University and his MD from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his internship/residency in psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard University Medical School, and went on for a fellowship at the Austin Riggs Center, Harvard University Medical School. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, President–Elect of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society, and a member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the American College of Physician Executives. He is a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and teaches medical students and residents in psychiatry. Dr. Santopietro also serves as a gubernatorial appointee on the State of Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addictions advisory board. Disclosure: John Santopietro, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dr. Jenkins is a Counseling Psychologist, and a professor of psychology at Wagner College in New York. He teaches a variety of courses, including Health Psychology, Psychological Testing, Psychopathology, Sleep and Dreams, Principles of Counseling Psychology, and Positive Psychology. He also has extensive clinical experience, and has worked in prisons, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and college counseling centers providing individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psychoeducational workshops. He is an associate fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and completed a year-long post-doctoral training at the institute. Dr. Jenkins scholarly works have been published in top psychological journals and edited books, and presented at national conferences. Disclosure: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Marriage and Family Therapists; entry and intermediate level Nurses; entry and intermediate level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; entry and intermediate level Social Workers; entry and intermediate level Psychologists; entry and intermediate level Professional Counselors; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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