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If you have dedicated your career to providing exceptional psychiatric rehabilitation, enhance your professional status by earning the CPRP certification or earning a certificate in Children’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation:
The Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) credential is a formal test-based certification program designed to test the knowledge and skills of practitioners, and determine the competency of practitioners working within the adult mental health system. The CPRP credential fosters the growth of a qualified, ethical, and culturally diverse psychiatric rehabilitation workforce through enforcement of a practitioner code of ethics.
The Children’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certificate program is an educational program (with no prerequisites), providing practitioners with a core level of education and training designed to meet the needs of the children and families the practitioner works with. Through the completion of a thorough Job task Analysis Study, PRA is working to transition the Children’s certificate program to a test-based certification program.
Although there is evidence of “cross-over” between the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation defined for children and those for adults, there is significant enough difference in the necessary knowledge-base and skill set of practitioners working within these individualized areas that it warrants clear distinction. As such, in addition to the long-standing Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) certification program, in 2009 PRA developed the Certificate in Children’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
The most evident difference between these two distinct programs is the focus on the individual consumer:
- For adults: The programs and services utilized are strictly client-directed, enabling that individual to achieve a successful and satisfying lives in the working, learning, and social environments of their choice.
- For children: The programs and services provided are client-centered, focusing not only on what the child wants, but what the child needs to function in his or her natural community (family, school, activities, etc.).
Currently, CPRPs and Children’s Psych Rehab Certificate holders are GEDs to PhDs and include occupational therapists to peer specialists, social workers to case workers and teachers. They all share a commitment to the fundamental principle that recovery from serious mental illness is possible. CPRPs incorporate the most successful and cost-effective practices for adults with severe and persistent mental illness and ensure that your staff has mastered the principles, skills and knowledge necessary to carry out those practices. It is the goal of PRA and the Certification Commission to ensure that similar practices are implemented within the area of children’s services as well.