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Schizophrenia and the Recovery Process

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Event: Schizophrenia and the Recovery Process

Date: 3/17/21

Time: 8:30 – 10:30 am

Where: Zoom Webinar

Cost: Free


About the Course

This course will help debunk myths and add a cultural lens in which to view the diagnosis of schizophrenia.  You will learn the primary symptoms and hypothesized causes related to schizophrenia.  We will xxplore where to refer a client, as well as provide community resources.  Finally, we will discuss barriers to recovery, the importance of support and person-first, strengths-based language, and interventions. 

Course Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify key symptoms of schizophrenia.
  2. Participants will recognize differences in how schizophrenia is viewed from a cultural perspective.
  3. Participants will become aware of at least 2 community-based resources for individuals living with schizophrenia and their families.
  4. Participants will learn how to work with individuals from a stage of change perspective.
  5. Participants will practice identifying barriers to recovery and how-to problem solve these barriers.

Target Audience

Target audience includes 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 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)
  • 2.0 PCB Approved Educational Credit

 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 Presenter

Jamie Trotman, MA is one of the co-occurring specialiss on the FACT team at Penn Foundation.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice from Sant Joseph’s University and a Master’s Degree in psychology and counseling from the University of Denver.  Ms. Trotman has worked in the mental health field for over fifteen years; primarily focusing on community mental health.  When living in Denver, Colorado, she worked with youth experiencing homelessness and learning first-hand about the most persistent and severe mental illnesses coupled many times with addiction.  Her life philosophy is “”we’re all teachers and we are all learners’.  In her free time, Ms. Trotman enjoys spending time with friends, family and especially her dog, camping, workworking and listening to music.

Walter Wright, CPS, CRS, WRAP-Facilitator has worked at Penn Foundation as a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) in the Peer Support Department for 13 years.  As one of the first CPSs in the department, he is the most seasoned CPS on the team and provides support and guidance to other members.  In addition to being a Certified Peer Specialist, Walter is also a Certified Recovery Specialist.  With his dual certifications, he has provided services bot to individuals with serious mental illness and to those struggling with co-occurring disorder.  Additionally, Walter is trained in Peer Support Whole Health, the International Hearing Voices model, and he is a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) facilitator.  Walter has facilitated a Hearing Voices support group at Penn Foundation for many years.

Trish Nye, LCSW, CAADC, CPRP, CPS, MBA is the Director of Peer Support Services at Penn Foundation.  She also works as an adjunct for Widener University’s MSW program and serves on the Board of Directors for the PA Peer Support Coalition.  Ms. Nye has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Health Counseling from Drexel University, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Widener University and a MBA.  Ms. Nye’s professional interests include advocacy on person-first language, the importance of integrated care and leadership.

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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