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Psychiatric Rehabilitation

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Event: Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Date: 2/19/20

Time: 8:30 – 10:30 am

Where: Penn Foundation – Loux Center (Univest Community Room)

Cost: $50.00


About the Course

“Psychiatric Rehabilitation is the systematic effort to help adults with psychiatric disabilities to attain their personal goals.  It is bidirectional in focus, seeking to influence both the individuals’ strengths and challenges related to these goals, and the community contexts in which the persons will live them out.”  (Corrigan, 2016; p. 47).  Throughout this training, participants will learn about the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, the philosophy and guiding principles that provide a framework for service delivery, and the ways in which the principles can be infused throughout the mental health service system.  Psychiatric rehabilitation is not clinical in its design, rather it is rehabilitative and focused on skill building, promoting individuals’ progress towards self-management and increased capacity in the domains of living, employment, education, wellness, and social skills.  The field of psychiatric rehabilitation takes a holistic approach to overall well-being for individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness.


Course Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to define Psychiatric Rehabilitation (PsyR) and its origin
  2. Participants will be able to identify the philosophy, values, principles, and practices in PsyR
  3. Participants will be able to describe licensed models of PsyR as well as the ways in which the principles and practices of PsyR can be infused into any behavioral health practitioner’s skill set
  4. Participants will demonstrate ability to apply PsyR principles to practical situations


Target Audience

Target audience includes psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, recovery coaches, peer specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and substance abuse counselors for this intermediate level of instruction.



  • 2.0 PCB Approved Education Credits
  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)


There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

All attendees must arrive promptly at the beginning of the training and remain the duration of the training to receive continuing education credits.  Please have license number available when signing in.

Persons with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to contact the registrar for further information.


About the Presenters

Sara Dobson, MS, CPRP, has 13 years of direct service experience in the mental health field.  She is a graduate of the Masters in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Leadership program at Rutger’s University, where she was the principal investigator of a retrospective study examining Tai Chi in an outpatient mental health setting.  Sara has been leading trauma-sensitive yoga classes at Penn Foundation, Inc. since 2011, and is the Director of REACH, a curriculum-based Psychiatric Rehabilitation program.

Jill Valiant, MS, CPRP, is the Director of Wellspring Clubhouse, a Clubhouse International Accredited, state licensed Psychiatric Rehabilitation program of Penn Foundation.  Jill holds a Masters degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Rutgers University, holds her  CPRP credential, and is a current PhD candidate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation with Rutgers University.  She has 14 years of direct experience in the mental health field, 11 of which are within Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  She has experience speaking at statewide, national, and international Clubhouse Conferences, as well as on smaller platforms at Clubhouse events and in the community, increasing awareness of resources available to impact change.



  1. Corrigan, P. W. (2016).  Principles and practice of psychiatric rehabilitation.  New York, NY:  The Guilford Press.
  2. Pratt, C. W., Gill, K. J., Barrett, N. M., & Roberts, M. M. (1999).  Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  San Diego, CA:  Academic Press.


For more information, contact Karen M. Kern at 215.453.5171 or kkern@pennfoundation.org


If you do not receive the professional benefits described in our program materials or you have some other professional complaint, please let us know in writing within 7 days of the training and we will honor your request for a refund.


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