Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

PAPRS - Education Courses

In the rapidly growing and changing field of recovery-oriented psychiatric rehabilitation services, PAPRS continues to offer opportunities for practitioners to improve skills and upgrade their PR knowledge base to our members or anyone interested in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation.



2018 Training Schedule

Supporting Individuals with Autism and Psychiatric Disabilities in 

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs


About 85% of individuals with Autism in Pennsylvania have a co-occurring disorder, complicating the amount and type of services they need.   Identifying physical and mental health professionals to deliver effective services is challenging due of lack of training, access, reimbursement or funding. Psychiatric Rehabilitation has been identified as a service that provides the necessary supports and training opportunities for adults with autism and psychiatric disabilities to be able to live, learn, work, and develop relationships in their current communities.  During this presentation we will provide an overview of the diagnosis of Autism and the social, communication, behavioral and planning and executing needs of these adults.  We will offer strategies to assist Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselors in providing this service to participants with autism.  The needs of individuals with a dual diagnosis (autism and psychiatric diagnoses) will be discussed.  We will also provide training participants with the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion on specific situations they have faced in providing services to adults with Autism. We also look forward to further discussion with the group on possible future training opportunities.




1. Describe the core features of Autism and the challenges that these features may present in the person achieving their desired goals. 


2.  Identify the etiologies of and best practice supports for the additional barriers presented and the role of executive functions in acquiring skills and regulating  emotions.


3.  Develop strategies  to modify / adapt goals and supports across a variety of Psych Rehab domain areas for successful outcomes.







Practitioner Orientation: Foundations for Recovery-Oriented Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

This two day, 12 hour orientation provides an overview of the larger field of psychiatric rehabilitation.  The foundation topics include PRS history, principles, values, documentation, types of programs, ethics, collaboration, practice competencies, and more. This training fulfills the licensure requirement that ALL staff in a psychiatric rehabilitation program must complete a 12 hour PRS orientation provided by an OMHSAS approved training vendor.  You must attend the full 12 hours in order to obtain your certificate.





 November 7 & 8, 2018

BCRC Inc. 

131 Pleasant Drive

Aliquippa, PA 15001

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PR Services: Documentation Skills that work for Regulators, Payers, and People in Services

This 12 hour skills-based course is designed to enhance practitioners’ skills in documenting Psychiatric Rehabilitation services.  Developed in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), the course concentrates on documenting functional assessments, rehabilitation plans and daily entries that meet the requirements of PR Regulation 5230.  The instructor will also demonstrate how a comprehensive strengths based assessment provides a strong foundation for goal planning. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply the skills learned though several guided activities.








Ethics & Boundaries in Recovery Oriented Services

This 6 hour course is designed to address every day ethical challenges in recovery oriented services. Ethical dilemmas put practitioners at risk to make unprofessional decisions that may negatively impact individuals served as well as jeopardize the integrity of the service system. Faced with increasingly demanding and complex situations, this training will walk participants through an ethical decision-making process and the practical application of recovery oriented Codes of Ethics. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply the skills learned though several guided activities.

 November 15, 2018                         

 Keystone Human Services -   Mental Health   

 8182 Adams Drive

 Hummelstown, PA 17036       

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Introduction to the Boston University Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process

This course provides an overview of the process of psychiatric rehabilitation as described by Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. The following topics will be covered: BU Practice and Recovery Principles, the three phases in the process of psychiatric rehabilitation, the major components of the Boston University Approach, and the practitioner tools and resources that are available through Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. The course describes the practitioner skills involved in assisting an individual in “Setting an Overall Rehabilitation Goal” and demonstrates two of the steps that assist an individual to choose a goal in their living, learning, working, or social environment of their choice. Finally, through group activities and exercises, participants will practice the skill of writing an overall rehabilitation goal. 





Engagement Skills in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process

​​This 6 hour training provides an opportunity to develop professional helping skills. The foundation topics include developing basic helping skills, stages of the helping process, integration of Motivational Interviewing techniques, and transitioning through the phases of the psychiatric rehabilitation process while utilizing engagement skills. This is an interactive training designed for anyone interested in basic engagement skills or a refresher course.

Online Journey through the PR Domains: CPRP Boot Camp

The Journey through the PR Domains: CPRP Boot Camp​ is an online course facilitated by PAPRS trainers who maintain a current CPRP credential. This course provides individuals preparing to take the CPRP exam the opportunity to thoroughly examine the knowledge, skills and abilities to be a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. 

Participants will engage in 8 online seminars and complete assignments in between.