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Recovery to Practice Initiative


Educational Webinars Available On-Demand!  

CSWE is offering a series of free, Web-based events that offer continuing education (CE) credit to introduce social workers to the recovery model. 

CE Credit for On-Demand Webinars

Participants are eligible for one free CE credit for each on-demand webinar, through CSWE as an ACE provider, after successful completion of the on-demand course, including the prereading material assigned, a posttest, and an evaluation. The posttest and evaluation are administered online at the conclusion of the course. The CE certificate will be e-mailed to participants following their completion of the course requirements.

CSWE, provider #1163, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine CE approval.

Recovery Curriculum Support Materials

CSWE released a number of recovery-oriented curriculum support materials for use by social work programs and practitioners. This is part of our Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded Recovery to Practice initiative.
The following resources are available:

History of CSWE RTP Initiative

CSWE was awarded a subcontract from SAMHSA to develop, implement, and evaluate mental health recovery-oriented training materials for social work educators and practitioners. The 5-year initiative increased the mental health recovery training resources available to social workers. This project was part of a larger initiative by SAMHSA to aid the behavioral health workforce.         

We joined SAMHSA in recognizing that those with substance use or mental disorders can recover to lead meaningful, fulfilling, and healthy lives. As part of this outlook, CSWE signed a Recovery to Practice (RTP) Joint Resolution expressing its commitment to integrate the mental health recovery model within social work education and practice.

Learn more about our organization's efforts to engage in the National Dialogue on Mental Health 2013.

Recovery Resources

SAMHSA Recovery to Practice — offers e-news, webinars, training and technical assistance, and more than 900 recovery-oriented resources

Mental Health.Gov — information and resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services

Mental Health America — advocacy organization addressing behavioral health with affiliates in a majority of states; Debbie Plotnick is the senior director of state policy at Mental Health America and will be co-facilitating one of CSWE's Recovery to Practice webinars in spring 2014

National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) — the largest U.S. grassroots organization representing people with lived experience of mental health recovery; Lauren Spiro is the director of NCMHR, one of CSWE's RTP Steering Committee members, and will be co-facilitating two of CSWE's Recovery to Practice webinars in spring 2014

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse — a peer-run national technical assistance center funded through SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services; Joseph Rogers is executive director and Susan Rogers is director of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, and both are on the CSWE RTP Steering Committee

Recovery to Practice: Developing Mental Health Recovery in Social Work — an environmental scan of recovery in social work conducted by CSWE (2011)

CMS Guidance on Same Day Billing for Mental Health Services and Primary Care Service — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new guidance on same day billing in Medicare. The guidance strengthens support for integrated primary and behavioral health care because Medicare Part B pays for reasonable and necessary integrated health care services when they are furnished on the same day, to the same patient, by the same professional or a different professional.

Recovery News

The University of Kansas is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Strengths Perspective!  Learn about the history of the strengths movement and how Charlie Rapp and Pat Sullivan (members of the CSWE RTP Steering Committee) and others at KU supported the evolution of this seminal social work perspective.

Background on the 2013 National Conference on Mental Health 

Video on the White House Blog — President Barack Obama giving his remarks at the 2013 National Conference on Mental Health

If you would like to discuss or learn more about the CSWE RTP project, please contact

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Mental Health Recovery in Social Work
Join us at the 2013 APM for the Mental Health Recovery in Social Work Hot Topic Session. The event is Friday, November 1, 2013 10:45am - 12:15pm, Morocco Room, Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas, TX.
RTP Executive Summaries
Handout from Alternatives 2011 summarizing the situational analyses completed by the SAMHSA awardees (CSWE, NAPS, APA, APNA, APA).
Recovery to Practice Joint Resolution
The Recovery to Practice Joint Resolution was signed by CSWE and other grant awardees from a variety of disciplines.