Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and Foundation

CPRP Recertification

Recertify - Maintain your PRA Certifications! As the profession’s knowledge base continues to expand and new insights and practices develop, it is essential that Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRPs) and Child and Family Resiliency Practitioners (CFRPs) maintain and enhance their expertise and knowledge.
 

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CPRPs due in September 2016 should have received an email notification including instructions on the new Recertification Process. CPRPs due in March 2017, who wish to recertify EARLY should contact the PRA Certification Department for assistance.  For more information, please contact the PRA Certification Department at 703.442.2078.

The Certification Commission of Psychiatric Rehabilitation encourages recertification to:

  • Sustain a workforce competent to support the needs of persons in recovery
  • Meet the goals of the behavioral healthcare field
  • Illustrate the positive impact that skilled psychiatric rehabilitation and resiliency practitioners provide
  • Encourage ongoing credentialing of behavioral healthcare practitioners

As the profession’s knowledge base continues to expand and new insights and practices develop, it’s essential for CPRPs to maintain and enhance their expertise and knowledge:

  • CPRPs and CFRPs recertify every three (3) years.
  • Complete and maintain documentation of a minimum of 45 contact hours of containing education/training during each three-year certification cycle. As of 2012, recertification applicants are no longer be required to provide a list of training activities, but must attest to the following:  “I attest that I have completed a minimum of 45 hours of required training in psychiatric rehabilitation as specified in the 3rd year renewal application manual.” Candidates are encouraged to log all trainings and maintain evidence of completion in the event of audit [see Recertification Audit Information below]. Beginning with all recertification due after June 1, 2016, all practitioners must complete a minimum of 4 contact hours  specific to ethics in the helping professions.
  • Complete and submit the online CPRP Recertification Application and all applicable fees. (Member: $145; Nonmember:$265; Late fee of $50 added if you recertify after due date)
  • Alternatively, recertification candidates may request recertification by re-examination. Thus, the application recertifies by successfully passing the certification examination (additional fees apply).
  • Applications for recertification submitted late are subject to a late fee and automatic audit of continuing education and training hours. Late submissions for recertification MUST include the PRA Continuing Educaiton and Training Log at the time of application. Please contact us for more details.

  • There is no appeal from lapse of a PRA credential. Once the credential lapses, the only option to regain the credential is to apply for and successfully pass the applicable certification examination.
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  • PLEASE NOTE: The recertification application is only viewable to individuals who have a registered account on the PRA website. Please log in to see the product in the online store. The application may only be purchased by individuals. If you require assistance, please contact PRA.

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Identifying Acceptable PSR Training for Recertification

Continuing education offers the opportunity to enhance knowledge, skills, and resources through conferences, in-service trainings, seminars, webcasts, or approved independent study trainings. In order to maximize the continuing educational experience, CPRPs should consider the following when seeking continuing educational opportunities:

  • Select presenters with the necessary credentials to present the information
  • Find educational programs that can fill current professional goals
  • Consider evidenced based practices, information, and management
  • Assess knowledge attained and how this knowledge will affect your practice

For purposes of the CPRP application, PSR training must address “the treatment and/or rehabilitation of adults with serious and persistent mental illness.” Some possible topics include direct care, vocational or life skills training, crisis intervention, treatment modalities, medications, diversity, ethical/legal issues, etc. Related topics such as infection control, dealing with medical complications, etc., are also acceptable if presented in the context of psychiatric rehabilitation practice. Trainings must be on a topic relevant to the treatment of trantision- age youth (ages 16+ years) or adults.  

For the purposes of the CFRP application, training must address “resiliency services for children living with mental illness or severe emotional disturbances and their families.” Some possible topics include direct care, life skills training, crisis intervention, treatment modalities, medications, diversity, ethical/legal issues, etc. Related topics such as infection control, dealing with medical complications, etc., are also acceptable if presented in the context of psychiatric rehabilitation and resiliency practice. Trainings must be on a topic relevant to the treatment of children (under age 18).   

Instruction on the use of treatment modalities in opposition to a recovery-based philosophy may not be used to fulfill the 45 hour requirement (e.g., use of restraints, involuntary commitment, forced medication, etc.). 

Acceptable training formats include:

  • Courses in psychiatric rehabilitation or mental health offered by an established university or college.
  • Institutes and workshops at PRA conferences.
  • PRA chapter conference sessions on relevant topics.
  • Training in any of the various models of rehabilitation (clubhouse, lodge, case management, etc.).
  • Workshops in related mental health disciplines, which address the rehabilitation and/or treatment of persons with serious mental illnesses.
  • In-service training on relevant topics, provided within your agency on rehabilitation or treatment of persons with serious mental illness.
  • Training sponsored by a state or provincial mental health authority in rehabilitation or treatment of persons with serious mental illness.
  • Training or workshops addressing related components of services such as vocational rehabilitation, supported education, housing, etc.
  • Distance-learning courses (on-line, audio-conferences, etc) offered on relevant topics by established universities, colleges, and national/chapters of PRA or PSR Canada.  

Approved Training Activities

  • Approved participation in  Item-writing and/or Test Assembly meetings.
  • Attendance at approved educational activities
  • Independent study or distance learning activities sponsored by an accredited academic institution (or approved by the Certification Commission)
  • Presenting training to an audience of psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners with content that meets the requirements for exam applicants (see section 3(4)c). A specific course or session may be counted ONLY ONCE for training credit.
  • Articles on any topic within the CPRP Practice Domains, published in peer-reviewed journals; books and book chapters (self-published volumes are not accepted)
  • Relevant training topics

 

Training Topics Eligible for Recertification: All training must address “the treatment and/or rehabilitation of adults with serious mental illness” and relevant to the 7 practice domains of the CPRP.

Acceptable Training Topics Include but are not limited to:

  • Direct care
  • Life skills training
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Supported housing education
  • Intervention
  • Treatment modalities
  • Medications
  • Diversity
  • Ethical/legal issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders*
  • Topics specific to Children*
  • Human Development*

Related topics such as infection control, dealing with medical complications, etc, may also be acceptable if presented in the context of psychiatric rehabilitation practice.

*These topics are accepted ONLY for individuals pursuing CFRP recertification.

 

Unacceptable Training Topics and Activities Include:

  • CPR/First aid                
  • Fire safety
  • Disaster training 
  • Materials handling/MSDS
  • Driver education (for transport vans)
  • Training on computer software 
  • Agency Specific Training
  • Older Adults/Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Domestic Violence/Abuse
  • Death and Dying
  • Internships
  • Courses taken towards a completed degree (Associates, Bachelors, Masters, etc…)
  • Staff meetings / Retreats
  • Routine coaching, training, or supervising staff

The content of these sessions, while useful, does not address the practice domains identified for the CPRP or CFRP credentials. 

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Additional Recertification Information:

Calculating Contact Hours: One (1) contact hour is equivalent to 60 minutes of instructional time, exclusive of breaks, lunches or homework time.

Credit for training provided for others in the field:

  • Sole presenter of an activity: Earns twice the contact hours for attendance.
  • Co-presenter and were actively involved for the entire presentation: Earns twice the contact hours for attendance.
  • Co-presenter with responsibility for a specific portion of the presentation (e.g., a one-hour module of a full-day seminar): Earns twice the clock hours presented. Attendance at the remainder of the session may be counted as regular attendance time. 
  • Presentations of the same title and content may be documented only once during a three-year re-certification period. 

Credit for articles, chapters and books about psychiatric rehabilitation:
An article in a professional journal or a chapter in a published book may count as 10 hours of training, but may not be used until the article or chapter is published. Book reviews or short articles in nonprofessional journals are not considered for continuing education. The first page of the publication must be included with the recertification application. Writing or editing of a published book on psychiatric rehabilitation, earns up to 30 hours of continuing education. The first page of the publication must be included with the recertification application.

Please note: A minimum of 50% of the required hours must be earned through attendance or completion of approved trainings (live or online), exclusive of any presentations, publications or other approved activities. If you participated in the same training more than once, count ONLY the initial presentation. Repeat presentations will NOT be accepted. 

Recertification Audit
Accuracy and upholding the integrity of your credential is of the utmost importance to the Certification Commission for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. In an attempt to illustrate this commitment, approximately 10% of all recertification applicants are randomly selected for audit and are required to produce evidence of completion of the required hours. An audit form will be provided to selected applicants, time provided for completion, and criteria for completion.

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