Recovery to Practice Training Modules

Through this training, APA puts forth a framework for training psychologists to provide recovery-oriented behavioral health care. Recovery-oriented care enables individuals to achieve optimal functional capabilities that they determine will help them reach their full potential. Following are descriptions of the 15 training modules in the APA Recovery to Practice curriculum. We anticipate launching the curriculum by early 2014. Join our public email list so that we can keep you well informed about our activities.

Core Required

Introduction to Recovery Based Psychological Practice

This module introduces the recovery model applied to behavioral health. Characteristics and fundamental components of recovery are defined.

Person-Centered Planning

This module provides an overview of person-centered planning in recovery-oriented care. At its core, person-centered planning is a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to treatment in which individuals are empowered to find their own path to recovery.

The Recovery Movement:
Role of Psychologists and Health Care Reform

This module provides a historical overview of the concept of recovery as it applied to mental health and describes its evolution. An understanding of the role of the health care reform in shaping the future of recovery is explored.

Core Strongly Recommended

Scientific Foundations

This module provides an empirical basis for recovery, along with an exploration of psychologists' role in demonstrating scientific foundations for recovery. Discussions include the following: issues surrounding research on recovery for people with SMI, the pros and cons of using quantitative versus qualitative designs and considerations for new methods that combine the best of both approaches.

Clinical Required


This module discusses sound clinical assessment methodologies consistent with a recovery framework that is strengths-based and focuses on the functional capabilities of the individual.

Interventions I: Guiding Principles and Integrated Framework

This module is the first in a series of three intervention modules designed to be used together. Guiding principles that underlie the provision of all psychosocial rehabilitation services (PSR) are discussed, along with an integrative framework model that is an overarching approach to provision of PSR services.

Interventions II: Evidence Based Practices

This module is the second in a series of interventions designed to achieve specific outcomes known as evidence-based practices. 

Interventions III:
Promising or Emerging Practices and Supporting Services

This module is the third in its series, and describes interventions that have shown promise of achieving specified outcomes. Supporting services that are also widely acknowledged as essential services for helping people recover from the effects of serious mental illness are also highlighted.

Clinical Strongly Recommended

Partnership and Engagement

This module examines the role of partnership and engagement in the recovery process. First-person recovery narratives emphasize the importance of empowerment, partnership and consumer involvement in the recovery process.

Peer Delivered Services

This module focuses on the role of peer support in the recovery process and presents methods for psychologists to work alongside peer professionals. First-person recovery narratives of peer professionals highlight their valuable role in the recovery process.

Issues in Forensic Settings

The first module in the forensic series raises recovery issues specific to the correctional system, often called the largest mental health care system in the country. Recovery based practices for other special settings are also discussed.

Interventions in Forensic Settings

This second module in the forensics series presents information about the interventions currently recommended to help people in the system avoid re‐incarceration and achieve a stable and satisfying life in the community.

Systems/Administration Required

Health Disparities

This module provides an overview of recovery-oriented treatment approaches in reducing health disparities. An understanding of health disparities affecting people with serious mental illness is explored.

Systems Transformation

Transforming a mental health system or an organization to one that is focused on helping people recover requires a fundamental paradigm shift from a system that is provider driven to one that is driven by the individuals who use the system and their families. This module will explore key ingredients, challenges, successes and the role of psychologists in systems change.

Peer Delivered Services

This module focuses on the role of peer support in the recovery process and presents methods for psychologists to work alongside peer professionals. First-person recovery narratives of peer professionals highlight their valuable role in the recovery process.

System/Administration Strongly Recommended

Community Inclusion

This module gives an overview of the importance of including people with mental health disorders in all aspects of a community. Combating stigma and discrimination are also emphasized.