Dr. Mark Salzer, a psychologist, Professor in the College of Public Health at Temple University, and Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (www.tucollaborative.org), a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center that has been funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, will be offering a series of free trainings on promoting community inclusion of adults with serious mental illnesses.
The sessions, described below, build upon the knowledge and information presented in earlier sessions, making attendance at previous sessions important for understanding information shared later. Attendance at Session #4, which is a more interactive training session on steps for developing a “Community Inclusion Supports Plan,” requires attendance at all previous sessions (Sessions #1, #2, and #3).
Dr. Salzer (you can call him Mark) is a highly engaging presenter and the information he will be sharing will likely be new to you (e.g., environmental barriers such as prejudice and discrimination, poverty, and transportation need to be addressed) and inspire fresh ideas for supporting people with significant mental health issues in leading healthy, engaged, and meaningful lives.
Session 1: Community Inclusion as a Medical Necessity
October 19, 2021 – 10:00 – 11:00 (MST)
This session will briefly describe what community inclusion is and why it is important, including an emphasis on it as a social determinant of health (physical, cognitive, and mental health and wellness). The session is intended for all providers, policymakers, consumers, and family members as the promotion of community inclusion requires everyone to make it happen. Attendees are encouraged to read this free article prior to participating in the session: https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ps.202000394
Recording of Session 1: https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/3AgY90FpO38x5M6_gJRlTOtZrSIgCR-1EdRnlrtcoNzKO1gECkUCYBv48dynmakq.tpEbKIU8rrHDQZys Passcode: j?g9?jh&
Session 2: Fundamentals of Community Inclusion
October 26, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (MST)
This more intensive session will provide attendees with knowledge about the fundamental beliefs and practices that are required for making community inclusion a reality for people with serious mental illnesses. This session is also intended for all providers and policymakers to ensure that everyone is on the same page in terms of what is required to promote community inclusion. This session will be based on information available in this free document: http://www.tucollaborative.org/sdm_downloads/well-together/
Session 3: Introduction to Assessing Community Participation
November 2, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (MST)
This session will introduce attendees to a tool, the “Temple University Community Participation Measure” (TUCPM), which is a free tool that can be used to assess the extent to which people are participating in various areas and understand what is important to them and whether they are doing it “enough,” “not enough,” or “too much.” Attendees will gain experience completing the measure themselves and learn about its development and how it has been used to learn about the lives of people with serious mental illnesses and, more recently, autistic adults. The session is intended for those who will be involved in promoting community inclusion or examining the extent to which people are participating.
Session 4: Developing a Community Inclusion Supports Plan
November 9, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (MST)
This session will introduce attendees to a tool, the “Temple University Community Participation Measure” (TUCPM), which is a free tool that can be used to assess the extent to which people are participating in various areas and understand what is important to them and whether they are doing it “enough,” “not enough,” or “too much.” Attendees will gain experience completing the measure thThis highly interactive session involving many large and small group conversations will offer attendees who are leading efforts to promote community inclusion (everyone needs to be engaged in promoting inclusion) a framework for developing a Community Inclusion Supports Plan (CISP). The CISP will identify consumer goals, strengths and resources, needs and barriers related to their inclusion and participation, and steps for addressing needs and barriers. Participants will develop personal experience with the CISP process by creating plans for enhancing their own participation in desired areas. The CISP process is partly articulated in this document: http://www.tucollaborative.org/wp-content/uploads/Peer-facilitated-community-inclusion-ACCESSIBLE.pdf.