Recovery Colleges: Support for Individuals with Serious Mental Health Disorders Realizing Their Full Potential in the Community
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Expires on Jun 01, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 Psych CE Credit
1 COP Credit

By equipping individuals with the skills that they need to foster recovery and by expanding their personal sense of capability and capacity, recovery colleges provide major benefits to people living with SMI. They are grounded in the theory and practice of adult education rather than clinical practice. They are structured as centers for education not mental health services. They are an example of the push to make the mental health system more recovery-oriented. Students address personal deficits that contribute to social exclusion, and they equip themselves with self-care knowledge that promotes self-management. Each students learning experience is custom tailored to their needs. Many colleges are peer-run and involve peers at all levels of their operations. This webinar will provide an overview of recovery colleges, information on ongoing research in the field and specific examples of their benefits for people living with serious mental health disorders.


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity with post-test.

This presentation was recorded on April 15, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Define recovery colleges and their role in mental health services
  • Compare the recovery college model to traditional clinical services
  • Summarize the structure of recovery colleges

Target Audience

Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Physician (Non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: June 1, 2021 
Program End Date: June 1, 2024

Ongoing Interdisciplinary Discussion Board

If there are any topics covered in this webinar that you would like to discuss with colleagues in the mental health field, post a question or comment on SMI Adviser’s Webinar Roundtable Topics discussion board ( is an easy way to network and share ideas with other clinicians who participate in this webinar.

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, CE credit for psychologists, or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including viewing the full video and submitting an evaluation. A multiple-choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (psychologists), or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the completion date and hours/credits earned.

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The American Psychiatric Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships relevant to this activity have been mitigated.


  • Patrick Hendry is Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports and Services for Mental Health America (MHA) and has experienced life with a psychiatric diagnosis both personally and as a parent of a child with lived experience. Mr. Hendry provides national advocacy and develops new services and training for peers/consumers within the behavioral health system. Throughout his work he has focused on human rights, peer support and peer-provided services, self-directed care, and social inclusion. He has led MHA’s development of the first advanced level national peer support certification which maintains the highest standards of skills, education, and training in the nation. Mr. Hendry has worked in behavioral health for 29 years and continues to be passionate about his work and the inclusion of peers/consumers throughout the system. Mr. Hendry reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

  • Marion Cooper, RSW is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Mental Health Association for Manitoba and Winnipeg. Ms. Cooper also served as the Executive Lead for Strategic Partnerships with CMHA National supporting partnerships with Indigenous organizations and communities from January 2018 -2020. She is a clinical social worker and mental health and addictions leader who has worked in the community sector in various positions since 1992. She was instrumental in establishing the mental health promotion and prevention team at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority from 2003 to 2014. Ms. Cooper is passionate about recovery, system transformation and innovation to advance mental health and well-being for the entire population. Ms. Cooper reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.


  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Amy N. Cohen, PhD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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