Trainings by Pat Risser

Training Opportunities For Consumers, Consumer-Run Groups, Mental Health Service Providers, Family Members or Others

 Previous Training Workshops

Information About Technical Assistance Trainings:

All trainings are tailored to the specific needs of an individual or group. I create materials, exercises and resource materials or manuals suited to your needs. If you are interested in a training not listed here, contact me and I will work with you.  The following trainings can range from one hour to several days long, depending upon the needs of your group.

 

The Modern and Progressive Mental Health System of the 21st Century

This training addresses a variety of issues facing those systems trying to be current and up-to-date in their methods. It will start from the basics of the current belief systems of our society and many workers in mental health and progress through some of the most current values and philosophies which will impact the system of tomorrow. This is a helpful training for understanding some of the shifting paradigms at work in mental health today.

Any of the following topics can be covered either singly or in combinations:

The Concept of Recovery; Current Myths in Public Mental Health; Obstacles to Building a Better Mental Health System; Mentalism, How to Recognize This Discrimination and How to Overcome It; The History of the Consumer Movement and Where It's Going; Consumers as Partners in Mental Health Planning; Consumers as Valued Employees and Co-Workers; Benefits of Consumer Workers; History of Consumers Working in Mental Health; The Role of Consumers Working in Mental Health; Power-Sharing in Service Delivery.

 

Training Mental Health Consumers to Work in Public Mental Health

This training gives the basics of what is needed to train consumers to work in public mental health. This is a helpful training for understanding what is involved in building an effective and cost efficient program.

Any of the following topics can be covered either singly or in combinations:

Developing a curriculum, finding funding, finding facilities, day-to-day classroom operations, outreach, student and staff support, research design, benefits of consumer workers, history of consumers working in mental health, followup supports, building coalitions, building resources, the role of consumers working in mental health, stress management, locating presenters, building consumer self-confidence and self-esteem, coping with burn-out.

 

Consumer-Directed Career Development for People with Psychiatric Disabilities, Career Counseling and Goal Planning

This training gives the basics of integrating work, rehabilitation and career planning into the mental health treatment system. The goal of this training is to increase awareness of the practical value of career planning and goal setting in the recovery process for mental health consumers.

Any of the following topics can be covered either singly or in combinations:

Building employment and community connections, the rehabilitation process, the strength's model, building skills, building self-confidence and self-esteem, strengthening recovery through meaningful employment, the assessment process, career planning and development, goal planning, the value of work, the difference between a career and a job and how to use this information in working with consumers, building coalitions between vocational rehabilitation and mental health.

 

Consumer-Directed Service Planning

This training gives the basics of how to get involved in the decision-making processes of community mental health services at local, state and national levels. The goal of this training is to increase meaningful consumer voice in mental health systems.

Any of the following topics can be covered either singly or in combinations:

The community support model of service delivery, consumer participation in local, state and national community mental health service planning, design and implementation, outreach, support and involvement for meaningful consumer participation, boards, councils, committees, being alert to the problem and overcoming tokenism, the structure of the mental health system in your area, opportunities for involvement, how to come to the table informed, how to ask good questions, advisory boards, quality assurance boards, grievance committees, how to get involved in managed care, learning the language of behavioral health care, the difference between client-centered and client-directed services, what really helps and how to get there from here.

 

Consumer Owned and Operated Services

This training gives the basics of what is needed for consumers to own and operate their own services. This is a helpful training for everything from starting self-help peer support groups and social groups, as well as drop-in centers to consumer owned businesses.

Any of the following topics can be covered either singly or in combinations:

Finding funding, finding facilities, running a first meeting, recruiting other members, effective publicity, running groups, assertive communication, stress management, obtaining nonprofit status, managing a consumer-run organization or business, developing business plans, effective administration, creating a board of directors or advisory board, handling personnel and staffing issues, accounting and fiscal responsibilities.

 

List of Previous Trainings and Workshops Provided (Training List)

If you are interested in scheduling a training for consumers, a consumer-run group, mental health service providers, family members or others contact parisser@att.net

Return to Pat's Main Directory