Webinar: Engaging and Supporting in Wellness
- Open to the Public
- Dr. Casey, Sue Gerries, Allison Koci, & Pat Parker
- BC PSR Advanced Practice
This webinar will offer theoretical and practical insights into practice supporting Wellness related activities.
The session promises to be engaging and informative regarding the eight dimensions of wellness (as outlined by SAMHSA) and how one organization is beginning to articulate their position on these topics.
Dr. Regina Casey is an occupational therapist with over two decades of experience working in mental health settings. She is currently co-chair of PSR BC and coordinates BC Advanced practice with Dr. Higenbottam and Matthew Denny-Keys. Regina is committed to developing and advancing practice through program development, evaluation and research in partnership with people with lived experience, family members, practitioners, administrators and researchers.
Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of a mental illness self-management intervention, called Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP), on the use of and need for mental health services over time compared with nutrition and wellness education. Method: Participants were recruited from outpatient community mental health settings in Chicago, Illinois. Using a single-blind, randomized controlled trial design, 143 individuals were assigned to WRAP or to a nutrition education course and assessed at baseline and at 2-month and 8-month follow-up. The WRAP intervention was delivered by peers in recovery from serious mental illness who were certified WRAP educators over nine weekly sessions lasting 2.5 hrs. The nutrition education curriculum was taught by trained non-peer educators using the same schedule. Mixed-effects random regression analysis tested for differences between the two interventions in (a) self-reported use of 19 clinical, rehabilitation, peer, emergent, and ancillary services; and (b) self-reported need for these services. Results: Results of mixed-effects random regression analysis indicated that, compared with controls, WRAP participants reported significantly greater reduction over time in service utilization (total, individual, and group), and service need (total and group services). Participants in both interventions improved significantly over time in symptoms and recovery outcomes. Discussion: Training in mental illness self-management reduced the self-reported need for and use of formal mental health services over time. This confirms the importance of WRAP in an era of dwindling behavioral health service availability and access.
The BC PSR Advanced Practice is pleased to offer a webinar on the theoretical and practical insights into practice supporting Wellness related activities. The session gives and engaging and informative look at the eight dimensions of wellness (as outlined by SAMHSA) and how one organization is beginning to articulate their position on these topics.
The webinar originally took place on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2014, and was presented by Dr. Regina Casey, Sue Gerries, Allison Koci, & Pat Parker.
Archived webinar info can be found at http://www.psyrehab.ca/events/show/a0143
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