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June 14, 2012 Volume 3, Issue 22
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Call for Papers

RTP is calling for personal and practitioner articles that illustrate the principles and potential of recovery. Whether they describe how self-directed care has changed the nature of your practitioner–client relationship, your journey of healing and recovery, a recovery-oriented tool or strategy, or how peer involvement has influenced your workplace, your stories deeply touch our readers and continue to promote RTP's mission and values.

To submit an article or recovery resource, please contact us at 877.584.8535, or email

The RTP initiative is advancing recovery-oriented practice among and between behavioral health practitioners. As the project continues its third year, the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration—a core component of the RTP effort—are translating to sustainable recovery practices for various disciplines. Six major behavioral health–focused organizations are working together to develop and deliver curricula within their respective professions: psychiatry, psychology, psychiatric nursing, social work, peer support, and addiction counseling. These organizations have developed a collaborative agreement that promotes implementation of recovery-oriented principles and practices throughout the behavioral health field.

The feature of this Weekly Highlight is a Joint Working Statement developed by the RTP professional disciplines to guide their shared work over the course of the project. We think the statement supports a vision that all behavioral health practitioners can embrace and try to live up to. In that spirit, we share the RTP Joint Working Statement with our readers.
RTP Joint Working Statement
We are committed to shifting the paradigm of our professions to ensure the realization of a recovery-oriented system of care that will stand as a new beacon of hope for persons experiencing or at risk for behavioral health conditions, and their families. A transformed system of care will be based on the core beliefs that prevention works, that services and supports can be effective, that people can and do recover, and that communities benefit from including and valuing the contributions of all members.

The central mechanism for the provision of recovery-oriented behavioral health care is the safe, trusting, and empathic relationship practitioners cultivate with the people they serve. Recovery-oriented relationships are characterized by partnership, by the sharing of power and decision making, and by focusing on people's strengths, interests, aspirations, and the expertise they bring to the relationship in terms of their personal experiences. Recovery-oriented practitioners work hard to awaken and build on each person's sources of power and to elicit and amplify the person's voice, as the person's sense of hope and agency is a primary driver of the recovery process.

Within the context of respectful and collaborative relationships, recovery-oriented practitioners offer people and families access to an array of high-quality, effective, and culturally adept services and supports. Having such options allows individuals to choose those they find most useful in their efforts to heal, grow, and lead self-determined and meaningful lives beyond the limits of their health conditions and the behavioral health care system itself. Essential to the provision of recovery-oriented care is recognition of the importance of health, home, and a sense of purpose and community in people's lives, and that, based on these common factors, each individual's recovery journey is nonlinear and unique.

Also essential to recovery-oriented practice is attention to the prevalence and impact of trauma in people's lives, which requires providers to understand the dramatic effects of resulting neurobiological changes and to concentrate on identifying and building on available opportunities and resources, or those that can be made available, in the community, to promote living a gratifying life characterized by responsibility to oneself and others. Finally, recovery-oriented care recognizes and integrates the valuable role peers and various forms of peer support can play in instilling hope, role modeling the reality of recovery, and offering concrete and practical assistance, not only for people experiencing or at risk for behavioral health conditions, and their families, but also for behavioral health practitioners from our respective professions.

We look forward to joining together in an interdisciplinary effort to work alongside people in recovery, family members, practitioners, researchers, academicians, policy makers, insurance providers, and many others to realize this shared vision.

For more information about the RTP professional discipline awardees, visit their Web sites:

American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Council on Social Work Education
National Association of Peer Specialists
National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

First Occupational Therapist Joins AMA Panel
On June 4, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) announced a new appointment to the American Medical Association's (AMA's) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) editorial panel. Leslie Davidson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, is the first occupational therapist to participate on an AMA panel.

Dr. Davidson is the interim director and associate professor of occupational therapy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Selected for the panel position by the CPT Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee, she will provide expertise on codes used by non-physician practitioners.

"It is an honor to be the first occupational therapist on the CPT editorial panel and to represent the interests of my colleagues in all non-physician specialties," said Dr. Davidson in a press release. "I believe my election to the panel is a reflection of the respect health care professionals have gained for the field of occupational therapy and acknowledgment of occupational therapists' contribution to complex health care systems in which we all work."

Task Force Compiles Final Feedback on DSM–5
Having collected public feedback on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM–5) in early 2010 and again in 2011, the American Psychiatric Association (ApA) significantly revised the manual, adding language to major depressive disorder criteria, rationale for changes to personality disorders, and modified diagnostic criteria for numerous conditions, including neurocognitive disorders and anxiety.

ApA has invited comments once more on proposed changes to the new edition. All feedback must be submitted by June 15.

"As with every stage in this thorough development process, DSM–5 is benefiting from a depth of research, expertise, and diverse opinion that will ultimately strengthen the final document," said Dr. David Kupfer, chair of the DSM–5 task force, in a press release.

Publication is anticipated for May 2013.

Call for Training Program Descriptions
Submit a summary of your training program to RTP—it's a great way to gain visibility with our national audience of practitioners and consumers. Your program will be included in the resource library on RTP's soon-to-launch Web site, and could be referenced in the National Association of Peer Specialists recovery curriculum.

In 2006, Jason Katz and Mark Salzer, Ph.D., compiled Certified Peer Specialist Training Program Descriptions, a report on training programs for the University of Pennsylvania Collaborative on Community Integration. Highlighting training programs that have been developed over the past 6 years will help us expand the Recovery Resources Library while showcasing your program to a wide array of stakeholders.

If you are interested in submitting a program description, send a brief summary of the program to using the domains noted in the 2006 report:
  • Program summary
  • Competencies covered by the training
  • Class structure
  • Content outline
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Certification process
  • Evidence-based evaluations of the program
  • Extent to which initiative is consumer directed
  • Locations and number of people who have completed the training

RTP Wants to Hear From
Recovery-Oriented Practitioners!
We invite practitioners to submit personal stories that describe how they became involved in recovery-
oriented work and how it has changed the way they practice.
RTP Wants to Hear From You, Too!
We invite you to submit personal stories that describe recovery experiences. To submit stories or other recovery resources, please contact us at 877.584.8535,
or email

We welcome your views, comments, suggestions, and inquiries.
For more information on this topic or any other recovery topic,
please contact RTP at
877.584.8535, or email

The views, opinions, and content of this Weekly Highlight are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect
the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.