Preparing for the CFRP Exam

Preparing for the Certified Child and Family Resiliency Practitioner (CFRP) examination can be a daunting task...but it doesn't have to be! The Certification Commission for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has compiled a comprehensive list of materials to assist applicants in completing the application process. Additionally, we have made available a list of valuable study materials that candidates can download at no charge.

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Supplemental CFRP Exam Application Materials

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As of 12/31/2020, the Children's Certificate is no longer recognized by PRA as sufficient preparation to provide psychiatric rehabilitation services to children/families.  

IDAHO CBRS PROVIDERS: The Children's Certificate Course was intended to temporarily allow CBRS workers to perform their duties without a major interruption in their employment, however CFRP certification has always been the anticipated qualification to provide CBRS services.  PRA communicated the end of Children's Certificate recognition to Optum Idaho in 2018.

CFRP Study Materials

Identifying Acceptable Education and Training

Professional development in the form of 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 learning experience, CFRPs should consider the following when seeking proffessional development/educational opportunities:

For purposes of the CFRP application, PSR training must address “the treatment and/or rehabilitation of children and/or transition-age youth (under age 18) 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 children and transition-age youth.

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.).

Information on acceptable and unacceptable training activities

All training must address “the treatment and/or rehabilitation of children and/or transition-age youth (under age 18) )with serious mental illness” and be relevant to the 8 practice domains of the CFRP as outlined on the CFRP Exam Blueprint.

  • PRA Certification Exam Application Checklist - A guide to the application process 
  • Certification Candidate Handbook - Updated March 2019! Please note: due to application platform changes, some information may be outdated.  A new version of the handbook will become available shortly after the launch of the new application platform.
    • 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 chidlren 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.
    • Attendance at approved educational activities
    • Independent study or distance learning activities sponsored by an accredited academic institution (or approved by the Certification Commission)
    • Online educational activities sponsored by an accredited academic institution (or approved by the Certification Commission