Curriculum Development, Training and Mentoring

Training for Protection and Advocacy Agencies

Organizations receiving federal funds from the federal Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAMII) program are required to include people with psychiatric histories on their governing bodies. But involving current and former services users is not just a funding requirement, itís an opportunity for PAMII programs to increase their outreach, tailor their services to current needs, and to deliver more effective advocacy for their clients.

Our services for PAMII agencies are tailored to the needs of each organization. The process begins with a telephone consultation with key staff and board members to discuss the specific local issues and conditions to be addressed. This is followed by a proposed training outline, to be reviewed and modified by the ILC. We believe that one-shot training is not sufficient for real change, so we offer both pre- and post-training consultation and mentoring by phone and e-mail.

Training can include a number of core modules that address some basic issues of common interest. Among these topics are:

-Beyond tokenism: Tips for structuring meetings to maximize the participation of people with psychiatric disabilities

-A history of the mental health consumer/survivor/ex-patient (c/s/x) movement

-The variety of lived experiences of mental patients, through oral histories and videos

-Human rights and social justice issues for c/s/x

-The structure and practices of the public mental health system, and its impact upon the lives of people with psychiatric disabilities

-Common mental health interventions, such as medications, electroshock, restraint and seclusion, and forced treatment, and the impact of these interventions.