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The Temple University Collaborative researchers focus first on the meaning and importance of community inclusion to the lives of those with serious psychiatric disabilities.

In addition to the specific training activities of the NIDILRR-funded Center, The Temple University Collaborative has also provided training, technical assistance and consultation services to county and state mental health authorities, rehabilitation programs and consumer-run services, communities and human resources personnel.    If you are interested in discussion the personalized training, technical assistance or consultation services The Temple University Collaborative can provide in your setting, you can contact us using the contact page.

Training and Technical Assistance

Well Together: Community Inclusion in Australia

Funded by:  Wellways (Melbourne, Australia) 

Temple University Collaborative staff developed a detailed monograph outlining the definitions, theoretical underpinnings, core principles, and supporting research for the community inclusion approach, and, in the Spring of 2016, provided a series of presentations, training sessions, and public education initiatives for Wellways, one of Australia’s leading providers of community based mental health programming.

Programming for Community Inclusion: The Pioneer Center

Funded by:  The Pioneer Center for Human Services (McHenry, IL)

The Temple University Collaborative provided a range of consultation, technical assistance and training services to assist Illinois’ Pioneer Center for Human Services in the development of new services focused on community inclusion, including the hiring of peers to serve as community inclusion specialists.  We also produced a video to document the project and the voices of services staff and recipients.

 

Community Inclusion Training for the Veterans Administration

Funded by: The U.S. Veterans Administration

The Temple University Collaborative provided ongoing training and consultation services to community-oriented mental health programs for the Philadelphia and Charleston Veterans’ Administration Program, along with similar short-term training for VA mental health programs in VA Region VII.

 

The Responsibilities of Peer Specialists in Promoting Competitive Employment

Funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

With a grant from SAMSHA, the Temple University Collaborative assisted in the development of two training programs for certified peer specialists to enhance their knowledge base and skills related to supporting the individuals they serve in their pursuit of competitive employment:  a)  worked with the consumer-based Institute for Recovery and Community Inclusion at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP)to develop a two-day in-person course for peer specialists; and b) Temple worked with Recovery Innovations to develop an on-line course that offers an introduction to peer specialists working with individuals who want to return to work.

 

Supporting Consumers in Connecting to Religious Congregations

Funded by the Institute on Recovery and Community Inclusion – Mental Health Partnerships

The Temple University Collaborative worked with the Institute for Recovery and Community Integration to develop a two day course for peer specialists who want to assist the individuals they serve to connect to the religious congregations of their choice.

 

The Roles of Peer Specialists Working in Crisis Intervention Programs

Funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

With support from SAMSHA, the Temple University Collaborative assisted the Pennsylvania Coalition of Peer Specialists  (PCPS) in the development of three day course for peer specialists who work in, or are preparing for jobs within, crisis intervention services, including work within hot-lines, walk-in centers, mobile crisis teams, and crisis residential services., including the development of a 15 minute video capturing the experiences of peer specialists already employed in county-based mental health crisis intervention programs.

 

Training on the Temple University Community Participation Measure

Funded by Temple University’s Center on Community Inclusion

The Temple University Collaborative has developed an important tool for promoting and measuring community inclusion:  the Temple University Community Participation Measure (TUCPM) provides a pragmatic way in which staff can work with individuals to identify their current community participation levels, short-term and long-term future preferences, and individual and agency goal attainment.  Broader use of the TUCPM allows programs to assess both agency-wide community inclusion needs and to measure agency-wide progress in meeting those needs.  Over the past several years, the Temple University Collaborative has provided dozens of consultations and made over 100 presentations at local and national conferences about the TUCPM.  In addition, the Temple University Collaborative has analyzed TUCPM data collected at sites around the nation.

 

Improving the Delivery of Autism Services

Funded by Drexel University

Senior staff provided consulting and support services to a federally-funded ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training) site at Drexel University designed to improve the delivery of autism services nationally.

 

Planning for Self-Directed Care

Funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

With support from the federal SAMHSA Technology Transfer Initiative grant program, the Temple University Collaborative worked with its partners at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania to prepare a training manual to guide the development of an innovative self-directed care project in Delaware County (PA) designed to empower individuals with mental illnesses to control expenditures on their community mental health care.

 

Peer Supports for Homeless Individuals

Funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Temple University Collaborative provided evaluation support to the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP), under a Cooperative Agreement with the SAMHSA CABHI program, in assessing the effectiveness of providing peer supports to help people with mental illnesses, some of whom are veterans, to move from homelessness to housing, with programs conducted in three Pennsylvania counties (Philadelphia, Delaware, and Bucks).

 

Employment Programming in Delaware County (PA)

Funded by the Delaware County Office of Mental Health

The Temple University Collaborative has provided an array of supports and training services to the Delaware County (PA) Office of Mental Health, including:  training in supported employment for vocational personnel; implementing a ‘fidelity assessment’ of the county’s supported employment programs, and hosting area conferences of selected work-related topics.

 

Training in Crisis Intervention

Funded by the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

With support from the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Temple University Collaborative addressed the need for more consistent delivery of emergency/crisis mental health care across the Commonwealth, including four regional training programs and the development of a training manual to help guide county-based crisis workers in the field.

 

 

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