Essentials of Care for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness: A Learning Lab Series

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In 2020, the SPIRIT Lab launched a new training series, designed specifically to address what we consider to be the essential knowledge and practices for facilitating recovery from Serious Mental Illness (SMI). The series is designed for practitioners who are new to the field, new to working with individuals with SMI, interested in a refresher training, or are looking to support a clinical or administrative team. It aims to support new knowledge, personal reflections, and new ideas for maximizing your effectiveness with this clinical population.

What are Learning Labs?

Learning labs are brief instructor-led virtual sessions that are focused on a particular topic area relevant to recovery-oriented care for SMI in a range of clinical settings. The Learning Lab series consists of eight special topic sessions, each two hours in length, that include both didactic and experiential learning. Two (2) hours of Continuing Education (CE) credits are offered for each learning lab attended.

Who are the SMI Learning Labs for?

This series is appropriate for direct service providers and allied professionals who help support individuals living with SMI; particularly for individuals just entering the field in positions such as case manager, peer support, SUD professionals, nursing, and housing and employment specialists. This is an entry level training opportunity to learn best practice strategies that can be implemented in your work with individuals experiencing SMI to support recovery.

Who is facilitating the SMI Learning Labs?

The SPIRIT Lab at the University of Washington has been providing workforce development to practitioners serving individuals with Serious Mental Illness for more than a decade. Driven by a dedication to advancing recovery for individuals and families affected by psychosis, SPIRIT lab faculty and staff provide training and consultation to an array of behavioral health and allied providers in research-based and culturally-informed interventions.

Which topic areas are covered?

What are learners saying about the SMI Learning Lab series?

  • “I am so very honored to be a part of this training. It is amazing to have this opportunity to learn from those that have paved the way to changes in mental health!”
  • “AWESOME content! Really got into the nitty gritty of concepts I know of but don’t know the depths of.”
  • “My staff has gained knowledge of a field and population that they felt uncomfortable with.”
  • “I gained tools and knowledge to transfer into my role as a recovery specialist and how to better meet the needs of our clients.”
  • “The review and description of symptoms was excellent! I enjoyed the experiential of hearing voices while doing math. SO important to hear voices of folks with SMI”

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