ARE you looking for a way to build your agency’s capacity to provide high quality, evidence-based skills development curriculum? ARE you looking for a way to enhance your clinical skills while simultaneously introducing consumers to a recovery -oriented, goal-directed curriculum? MORE than ever before mental health providers are faced with the task of maximizing scarce resources and responding to drastic funding changes while striving to maintain high quality services and improved consumer outcomes. Implementing IMR is one practice that is sure to assist an agency and clinicians in meeting these challenges.
What is IMR? Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is a curriculum-based treatment program designed to help persons with severe mental illness (SMI) develop and accomplish personal recovery goals. The IMR manual includes 10 topical modules; clinicians use motivational, cognitive-behavioral, and interactive educational techniques to help consumers utilize knowledge to obtain personal recovery goals. IMR was developed based on practices that show improved outcomes in medication adherence, decreased hospitalization rates, symptom reduction, and increased knowledge of mental illness and has been the subject of several multi-site studies. (Mueser et al., 2002).
Illness Management and Recovery 2-Day Skills Training: This 2-day interactive training will provide the attendee with the basic principles, philosophy, and foundation of IMR, as well as exposure and practice with the three teaching strategies of IMR: motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral strategies and psycho-educational strategies. There will also be opportunity to discuss implementation strategies within clinicians’ daily practice and at the agency-level. The information is useful for managers and clinical staff who work with adults in mental health and dual disorders settings.