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VISN 5 MIRECC - Recovery into Practice: Educational Products

VISN 5 MIRECC Products Putting Recovery into Practice


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The educational products of the VISN 5 MIRECC are designed to offer and enhance recovery-oriented mental health care for Veterans with serious mental illness. Some topics include peer support, mental health stigma, families and caregivers, older Veterans and more! on Our products are developed by our investigators, often in collaboration with other mental health professionals. These products are free to download.

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Families and Caregivers

Shared-Decision Making for Family Involvement in Treatment
Shared Decision-Making for Family Involvement in Treatment
Involvement of family in a Veteran’s mental health treatment can improve family functioning and effectively mobilize the family’s social and emotional resources in support of the Veteran. The SDM-FIT protocol is a tool for VA mental health providers to facilitate collaborative discussion with Veterans regarding family involvement in treatment. Topics discussed include benefits of, concerns about, and preferences for family involvement. The protocol is designed to facilitate a 30-minute conversation between any mental health provider and Veteran receiving mental health treatment.
 
The Family Matters Group: Manual for Peer Facilitators
The Family Matters Group: Manual for Peer Facilitators; image of three penguins gathered together
The Family Matters Group, created by Certified Peer Specialist Shirley D. Maniece, is a fun, interactive group that provides a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals with mental health conditions to discuss the potential role of family in the mental health recovery process.
 

 
 
 



Family Support for Mental Health Recovery Resource Brochure
Family Support for Mental Health Recovery Resource Brochure
This brochure provides key information for family members who care about a Veteran with a mental health concern, including tips for supporting a loved one’s mental health recovery, and resources for education and support. Feel free to distribute to all the Veterans and family members you know!
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Medical/Geriatric Setting Providers: Individuals with SMI

The Unique Needs of Older Adults with SMI
The Unique Needs of Older Adults with SMI
Older Veterans with serious mental illness (SMI) who receive services in VA Community Living Centers (CLCs, or VA Nursing Homes) often have complex care needs. Dr. Anjana Muralidharan, investigator at the VISN 5 MIRECC, took part in a workgroup to consider the needs of these Veterans and the teams who care for them. She took the lead in compiling a toolkit of resources that CLC mental health professionals could use to support CLC teams in providing care to these residents. The materials in this section build basic knowledge and address stigma regarding care of residents with SMI. The toolkit was developed for CLCs – but could be useful for any VHA staff who provide care to Veterans with SMI. The entire toolkit is available to VHA staff on this Sharepoint site.
 
An Overview of Serious Mental Illness
An Overview of Serious Mental Illness
This presentation provides an overview of serious mental illness including common diagnoses, signs/symptoms, and obstacles faced by people with SMI. Additionally, there is information on how to promote recovery and prevention of relapse.
 
 
 
 
 
Cognition in SMI
Cognition in Serious Mental Illness
This presentation provides an overview of cognitive deficits in individuals with serious mental illness. Specific information is provided on areas of cognitive functioning including attention, memory, and executive functioning.
 
 
 
 
 
Medical Comorbidities and People with SMI
Medical Comorbidities and People with SMI
This presentation provides an overview of the co-occurrence of medical issues and mental disorders Additionally, it provides information on common medical comorbidity in people with SMI including specific conditions and related factors. Specific focus in given to obesity, sleep disorders, chronic pain and COPD.
 
 
 
 
 
Serious Mental Illness vs. Dementia
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This handout provides a quick and useful table to help care providers discern between the differences in serious mental illness and dementia in several areas including memory, thinking skills, performing daily tasks and more.

 
 
 
 
Communication Skills for Working with Veterans with SMI in CLCs
Family Support for Mental Health Recovery Resource Brochure
This series of handouts provides information on communication skills for providers working with Veterans with SMI in CLCs including building trust, managing reactions to challenging behaviors, tips to responding to psychotic symptoms and more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Older Veterans

The Unique Needs of Older Adults with SMI
The Unique Needs of Older Adults with SMI
This presentation was developed as a part of a toolkit of resources that Commuity Living Center (CLC) mental health professionals could use to support CLC teams in providing care to these residents. The materials build basic knowledge and address stigma regarding care of residents with SMI. The toolkit was developed for CLCs – but could be useful for any VHA staff who provide care to Veterans with SMI. See more resources under the topic: Medical/Geriatric Setting Professionals: Individuals with SMI. The entire toolkit is available to VHA staff on this Sharepoint site.
 
 

Peer Support

The Family Matters Group: Manual for Peer Facilitators
The Family Matters Group: Manual for Peer Facilitators; image of three penguins gathered together
The Family Matters Group, created by Certified Peer Specialist Shirley D. Maniece, is a fun, interactive group that provides a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals with mental health conditions to discuss the potential role of family in the mental health recovery process.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peer Specialist Educational Webinar Series
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The VISN 5 MIRECC Education Core runs a webinar series aimed at providing continuing education to VA Peer Specialists. These webinars are developed and presented by MIRECC investigators and VA mental health staff and aim to describe useable strategies and tools that VA Peer Specialists can implement in their work with Veterans. Webinars are publicized to VA Peer Specialists locally, within the VISN, and nationally.
 
 
 

Recovery into Practice: Serious Mental Illness

VISN 5 MIRECC Link
two interconnected links
The purpose of the Link is to act as a guiding link between VISN 5 MIRECC research outcomes and practice and treatment applications. The publication includes an overview of a research article and then links those findings to considerations for Veterans and their families and considerations for clinicians. Whether you are a Veteran, a Veteran family member or support person, or a clinician serving Veterans, we hope you find the VISN 5 MIRECC Link a useful resource for "Putting Recovery into Practice!"
 
 
 
Informational Guides for Veterans and Families about Schizophrenia
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The VISN 5 MIRECC has assisted the Veterans Health Library in revising a series of informational materials focused on providing recovery-oriented information to Veterans living with schizophrenia and their families. Topics include understanding schizophrenia, supporting a loved one who is living with schizophrenia, understanding treatment options, and how to address stigma when pursing mental health recovery. Go to Guides for Veterans and Families about Schizophrenia to access this important resource.
 
 
 
Resource E-Blasts for Recovery in SMI
SAMHSA Recovery Wheel: Hope, Person-Drive, Many Pathways, Holistic, Peer Support, Relational, Culture, Addresses Trauma, Strengths/Responsibilties, Respect
As a part of the VISN 5 MIRECC's commitment to support mental health clinicians in their efforts to incorporate recovery-oriented care for Veterans and the Veteran families they serve, we began regularly disseminating national email-blasts in 2019. The goal of this effort is to provide front-lined mental health staff across the VA system information on relevant topic areas and point them to resources they could utilize in their work with Veterans with SMI.
 
 
 
 
 

Smoking Cessation

Smoking and Smoking Cessation in Adults with SMI
Smoking and Smoking Cessation in Adults with SMI
This presentation focuses on the prevalence of cigarette use, health concerns and strategies for quitting smoking in adults with serious mental illness.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ready to Quit
Stages of Change
This handout, created to support Veterans in their attempts to quit smoking, includes information related to quitting smoking such as stages of change, weighing the pros and cons of quitting, and developing a change plan.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smoking Cessation
Smoking Cessation
These handouts were created to support Veterans in smoking cessation including examining the positive and negative aspects of smoking, looking at cravings, triggers and high risk situation for use, considering the effects of smoking and benefits of quitting, and coping with side effects of quitting tobacco use. There are also social skill handouts for skills such as refusing tobacco, leaving stressful situations, and asking for support. Additionally, the handouts include coping skills for negative affect such as depression, anxiety, and boredom.
 
 
 

Social Skills Training

Social Skills Training for Serious Mental Illness (SST)
Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia Second Edition Book Cover
Social Skills Training (SST) is a treatment procedure that has been developed to directly address social problem-solving skills deficits with the goal of enhancing social functioning. SST interventions are tailored to meet the real-life, current-day difficulties that affect the social experiences of each Veteran, but several common core elements are present regardless of which specific skills are being taught. In general, SST is a highly structured educational procedure that employs didactic instruction, breaking skills down into discrete steps, modeling, behavioral rehearsal (role-playing), and social reinforcement.
 
 
 

Stigma and Mental Health

EASE-ing Self-Stigma Resources
EASE-ing Self-Stigma Logo: Education, Awareness, Shift, Empower
Self-Stigma is the harm caused when people start to define themselves by the stereotypes they are exposed to. It interferes greatly with wellness, recovery and treatment. EASE is a 90 minute program for all staff in practical ways you can help people you serve reduce or avoid the effects of self-stigma.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ending Self Stigma (ESS)
Ending Self Stigma Manual
ESS was developed by a team from the VISN-5 MIRECC and the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry to translate research on reducing the harmful effects of mental illness stigmatization into practical strategies that people can use. The above link will take you to further details and program materials.
 
 
 
 
 
Ending Self Stigma for PTSD (ESS-P): Initial Outcomes
two interconnected links
The second issue of the VISN 5 MIRECC Link focuses on a pilot study examining Ending Self Stigma with Veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Check out this issue of our Research into Practice publication to learn more!
 
 
 
 
 

Women's Health

Coping with Weight Gain from Psychiatric Medication Side Effects
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This issue of our Research into Practice publication, the VISN 5 MIRECC Link, provides information and suggestions for Veterans and Veteran families and clinicians on coping with weight gain from psychiatric medication side effects.
 
 
 
 
 
 
What do Women Need? How to Conduct a Women’s Mental Health Needs Assessment to Plan for Change
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This webinar, “What do Women Need? How to Conduct a Women’s Mental Health Needs Assessment to Plan for Change” was developed by the VISN 5 MIRECC for the VA national women’s mental health program. The program will assist mental health clinicians in staying current with the distinct needs of women. The course is available through the TMS website: Course VA 36975. Accreditations Offered: ACCME, ACCME-NP, ACPE, ANCC, APA, ASWB, CDR, NBCC, NYSED SW
 
 
 
 
 

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Please Note: The information and educational products provided here, do not replace treatment provided by a medical or mental health professional. Please reach out to your local VA facility for additional guidance.