This series of free, interactive courses has been designed to introduce social workers to the recovery model. 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.

  • Introduction to Mental Health Recovery in Social Work

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Patrick Sullivan and Lauren Spiro define mental health recovery, track its origins and development over time, and discuss the alignment of the recovery model to social work practice.

    This on-demand course 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. Patrick Sullivan, professor of social work at Indiana University, and Lauren Spiro, director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery.

    Learning Objectives

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

    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; and
    5. identify one area of social work practice that would change if recovery-oriented practice is implemented.

    CE Credit for On-Demand Webinar

    Participants are eligible for one free CE credit, through CSWE as an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program 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 by the ASWB ACE Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/23/2015–1/23/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for CE credits.

    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 recovery@cswe.org or +1.703.519.2063.

    Lauren Spiro

    Director, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

    Lauren Spiro is a member of the CSWE RTP Steering Committee and is the Director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, the largest U.S. grassroots organization representing people with the lived experience of mental health recovery. Ms. Spiro has an M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology and she has a powerful story of her own experiences in the mental health system.

    Patrick Sullivan

    Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work

    Patrick Sullivan is a Professor of Social Work at Indiana University and a member of the CSWE Recovery to Practice (RTP) Steering Committee. Dr. Sullivan also served as the Director of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction from 1994-1998. He has published extensively in the areas of mental health, addiction, and philosophical frameworks for practice and policy.

  • Mental Health Recovery Competencies in Social Work

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Patrick Sullivan and Debbie Plotnick discuss applying the strengths model to achieve recovery-oriented outcomes and ways to enhance practice and teaching by collaborating with individuals who have experienced psychiatric conditions.

    This interactive, on-demand course is the second installment of the Recovery to Practice series. Participants will learn how to apply the strengths model to achieve recovery-oriented outcomes and explore ways to enhance their practice and teaching by collaborating with persons who have lived experience of psychiatric conditions.

    Learning Objectives

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

    1. identify two methods for putting individuals with lived experience at the center of the practice process;
    2. list three competencies for social work practice in a recovery framework; and
    3. list two recovery-oriented practices

    CE Credit for On-Demand Webinar

    Participants are eligible for one free CE credit, through CSWE as an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program 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 by the ASWB ACE Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/23/2015–1/23/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for CE credits.

    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 recovery@cswe.org or +1.703.519.2063.

    Patrick Sullivan

    Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work

    Patrick Sullivan is a Professor of Social Work at Indiana University and a member of the CSWE Recovery to Practice (RTP) Steering Committee. Dr. Sullivan also served as the Director of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction from 1994-1998. He has published extensively in the areas of mental health, addiction, and philosophical frameworks for practice and policy.

    Debbie Plotnick

    Senior Director, State Policy at Mental Health America

    Debbie Plotnick is the Senior Director of State Policy at Mental Health America. She previously served as the Director of Advocacy at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, one of the largest and oldest affiliates of Mental Health America. Ms. Plotnick received her degree from Bryn Mawr College and has a dual master's degree in social service and law and social policy. Her compelling story as a family member of a daughter with lived experience of recovery shapes her unique passion and perspective on this topic.

  • Infusing Mental Health Recovery in Practice and Field Education

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Lauren Spiro and Marylou Sudders explore ways to mobilize recovery in your personal practice, agency, and field instruction.

    The third installment of the Recovery to Practice series, this interactive, on-demand course focuses on ways recovery could be mobilized in your personal practice, your agency, and field instruction. Participants will explore characteristics common to recovery-oriented agencies, learn how individual change, organizational transformation, and cultural humility can be used to promote progress toward recovery-orientation, and discover some tangible steps to instill recovery in field instruction settings.

    Learning Objectives

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

    1. describe a model recovery-oriented agency;
    2. recognize the value of cultural humility in recovery-oriented social work practice;
    3. describe two cultural humility skills that could be put into practice;
    4. identify at least two potential exercises to use with students in the field; and
    5. list one potential example of a student assessment measure.

    CE Credit for On-Demand Webinar

    Participants are eligible for one free CE credit, through CSWE as an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program 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 by the ASWB ACE Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/23/2015–1/23/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for CE credits.

    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 recovery@cswe.org or +1.703.519.2063.

    Lauren Spiro

    Director, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

    Lauren Spiro is a member of the CSWE RTP Steering Committee and is the Director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, the largest U.S. grassroots organization representing people with the lived experience of mental health recovery. Ms. Spiro has an M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology and she has a powerful story of her own experiences in the mental health system.

    Robert M. Ortega

    Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work

    Robert M. Ortega is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Dr. Ortega is well known for applying the paradigm of cultural humility in social work and child welfare practice. His work in this area has had an extensive influence on community organizing and public scholarship in a variety of disciplinary settings, including education, law, and policy.

    Marylou Sudders

    Associate Professor, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

    Marylou Sudders is an Associate Professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Previously, Professor Sudders served seven years as Commissioner of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She also supervised students as a field instructor.