Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference Call for Presentations

PRA invites you to submit a proposal(s) for the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual Conference. Courses should provide trainings, tools, content and concepts that can be immediately applied to participant’s role(s) and responsibilities, geared to advancing the discipline and objectives of psychiatric rehabilitation.

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Call for Presentations

Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference

Sunday, June 22nd – Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Renaissance Hotel Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2013
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The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA; formerly known as USPRA) is committed to growing and training the recovery workforce around the world, a key element of helping to deliver improved mental and behavioral health outcomes. Through the Academy for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery, an enhanced professional development training center, PRA attracts recovery-focused persons while providing exceptional learning opportunities to enhance every aspect of the behavioral healthcare workforce.

The Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual Conference, presented by PRA, through the Academy of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery, offers a comprehensive line-up of in-depth psychiatric rehabilitation training, enhanced networking opportunities, and special events to grow and train the recovery workforce both nationally and globally. 95% of the 2013 Annual Conference attendees found the conference to be a valuable use of their organization’s time and resources, making the 2014 Summit the “must attend” event for persons and organizations involved in psychiatric rehabilitation.

Attracting a diversity of colleagues, ranging from managed care, case managers, administrators, occupational therapists, residential staff, Office of Mental Health (OMH), and persons in recovery to policymakers, PSR educators, specialists, and peers, the Summit is the premier opportunity to be a part of the eclectic energy-charged community, focused on the growth of psychiatric rehabilitation in both quantity and quality, and the universal availability of state-of-the-art psychiatric rehabilitation services for all individuals with mental illness who seek such services.

Over 3.5 days, the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual Conference offers:

  • An assortment of sessions across six different tracks designed to enhance your effectiveness as a psych rehab professional.
  • CPRP Prep Course: Provides attendees interested in securing this competency-based credential the ability to prepare for the CPRP exam, while networking and experiencing all that the conference has to offer.
  • Compelling and Inspiring Keynotes.
  • More than 100 hours of skills-based training, knowledge exchange and highly interactive networking.
  • Continuing education credits across multiple disciplines, including American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), American Psychological Association (APA), Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), Certification of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP), Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), and National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
  • Opportunities to connect with peers and hear what they’re doing at their organizations to improve the lives of people with mental illness.

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PRA invites you to submit a proposal(s) for the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual Conference. Courses should provide trainings, tools, content and concepts that can be immediately applied to participant’s role(s) and responsibilities, geared to advancing the discipline and objectives of psychiatric rehabilitation. PRA is committed to promoting diverse content offerings and strongly encourages that course content be presented, co-presented or reviewed by persons with lived experience. In addition, strong multi-cultural, international and ethical perspectives as well as planned elements of attendee interaction and participation are encouraged to be integrated into course content. 

Benefits of Serving as Faculty

  • Gain visibility in the psychiatric rehabilitation community as a knowledge expert in the field
  • Establish global notoriety from your course presentation
  • Network with fellow psychiatric rehabilitation professionals
  • Achieve personal and professional growth by sharing your ideas, concepts and knowledge with a larger community
  • Full Conference Registration Discount: Faculty receive the reduce registration rate of $295. All faculty are strongly encouraged to attend the entire Summit.
  • Day of Course Delivery is complimentary registration

Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual Conference Framework
PRA will deliver skills-based courses and educational content organized as follows:

Module 1: Whole Career Practitioner Skills-Based Trainings
Track 1: CPRP Prep Course             
Track 2: Core Practitioner Skills Training
Track 3: Advanced Practitioner Skills Training

Module 2: Organization & Business Management for PSR Professionals
Track 4: Business Management & Operations for PSR Professionals
Track 5: Organization Strategy & Leadership for PSR Executives

Module 3: Hot Topics & Emerging Issues
Track 6: Hot Topics and Emerging Issues in Health Care and PSR

Review the list of proposed topics by module and track.

Proposal Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2013

Session length: 90-minutes (PRA will also consider proposals for back-to-back 90-minute sessions totaling 3 hours of session time.)

Learning Lounge: In addition to your session, faculty is required to participate in the Learning Lounge, a peer-to-peer, round-table discussion opportunity to further discuss session content directly with attendees. Following each presentation, faculty members will be asked to join in small group discussion for a minimum of one (1) hour.

Registration/Travel Costs: Faculty is able to register for the full Summit at the reduced rate of $295 and are responsible for all related travel costs.

Selection Process:

Recovery Workforce Summit proposals will be peer-reviewed by a task force composed of the PRA Board of Directors, Certification Commission for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Academy Advisory Council and staff members. The task force encompasses PRA stakeholder groups with specific content area expertise and people in recovery. In an effort to ensure balanced content offerings, PRA reserves the right to directly identify and pursue specific topics and related faculty to ensure a comprehensive experience for attendees.

Notification of your proposal status will be emailed no later than January 6, 2014.

As part of the submission process, you will be asked to sign a speaker’s agreement. Please print a copy of the agreement for yourself prior to submitting your proposal. If your proposal is selected, you will want to refer to the agreement while preparing your presentation.

If submitting more than one proposal, each proposal must be submitted separately with all of the required information.

PRA reserves the right to use any portion of a topic submission or make recommendations regarding faculty for any topic to best meet the needs of the Summit as a whole. 

Submittal Process: Your complete proposal(s) should be emailed to Cindy Moore, manager of education and training, at by Friday, November 15, 2013. Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.

Your proposal should include the following:

  • Complete the submission form. (included below)
  • A suggested course title.
  • A descriptive overview of the course topic (75-100 words).
  • 3-5 learning objectives observable by people attending the session.
  • Include bibliography of resources, if available.
  • Identify materials that will be provided to your audience.
  • Summary/outline includes activities and timeline for the session time period.
  • Describe course strategies that will be used to make the session interactive and inclusive.
  • Brief biographies of faculty, including co-presenters or panel members if applicable. The biography should include a summary of faculty’s public speaking experience.

Selection Criteria:

  • Subject matter is highly relevant to the track in which it was submitted.
  • Faculty presenter(s) demonstrate compelling expertise in the subject matter.
  • Faculty presenter(s) provide evidence of ability to be a dynamic and effective speaker.
  • Proposal addresses multi-cultural issues as they apply to the topic.
  • Proposal adheres to the values and principles of psychiatric rehabilitation.
  • Team Courses are strongly encouraged illustrating a systems approach to the course delivery.
  • Session content in practitioner tracks address at least one of the psychiatric rehabilitation practice domains related to adult services:
    • Domain I: Interpersonal Competencies: The helping relationship within a psychiatric rehabilitation context, instilling hope and facilitating change.
    • Domain II: Professional Role Competencies: Ethical considerations and values in the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation.
    • Domain III: Community Integration: Promotion of full participation in the community and accessibility to resources.
    • Domain IV: Assessment, Planning, and Outcomes: Assessments and service goals based on the person’s desired preferences and outcomes.
    • Domain V: Strategies for Facilitating Recovery:
    • Domain VI: System Competencies: Advocating for recovery oriented service systems and assisting people to use responsive service systems.
    • Domain VII: Supporting Health and Wellness

Questions? Contact PRA at 703-442-2078 or