The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) has also embraced recovery. Along
with four other mental health organizations, APA has a grant
from SAMHSA to support a Recovery to Practice initiative
designed to encourage the adoption of a recovery orientation.
(See “Yes, recovery is possible” in the January 2012 Monitor.)
During the five-year initiative, APA and other grantees will
contribute to an online repository of recovery-related resources
at www.samhsa.gov/recoverytopractice and develop recovery-focused training materials for their constituencies. APA has
developed 15 training modules on such topics as recovery-based
psychological practice, assessment, intervention, peer-delivered
services, health disparities and scientific foundations and is
pilot-testing them in 20 doctoral, internship and postdoctoral
training sites around the country. Once that round of testing
ends, APA will fine-tune the modules and make them available
to psychology training programs.
That’s good news for clinicians and people with behavioral
health conditions alike, says Evans, who serves on the Recovery
Advisory Committee that guides APA’s Recovery to Practice work.
That’s because the recovery orientation doesn’t just help individuals in recovery. It also helps clinicians like their jobs better.
“Most people come into this field because they want to help
people,” says Evans. “In a recovery-oriented system, people are
much more likely to see that kind of progress.”
For more information about APA’s Recovery to Practice
initiative, visit www.apa.org/pi/mfp/psychology/recovery-to-
practice/ index.aspx. n
Rebecca A. Clay is a writer in Washington, D.C.
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122nd Annual Convention
of the American Psychological Association
August 7–10, 2014
Call for Continuing Education (CE) Workshop Proposals
ALL TOPICS WELCOME
As a presenter, you have the opportunity to:
Submit a proposal online
• Share your knowledge with fellow
psychologists from around the world
• Broaden your professional network
• Attend one complimentary CE workshop
• Receive an honorarium of $150 per
instructional hour per workshop
The APA Continuing Education Committee is now accepting half- and full-day work-
shop proposals for the 2014 APA Convention. A range of topics is offered, including a
special theme track dedicated to Practice and Policy—specifically, psychology’s role
in defining, clarifying and influencing the national dialogue on controversial social
issues (gun violence, reparative therapy, telehealth, torture, etc.).
(All proposals must be submitted
online; no exceptions)
Monday, November 11, 2013
Contact Marcia E. Segura
p. 800-374-2721, ext. 5691