APNA Recovery to Practice Program
Acute Care Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurses: Preparing for Recovery-Oriented Practice

About the Program

The APNA Recovery to Practice (RTP) program is a 6-module course that facilitates change in psychiatric-mental health nursing practice through the discussion of recovery knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The program aligns with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) national initiative and The Joint Commission's standard on patient-centered communication. It is designed as an interactive group learning activity to be facilitated by an APNA-trained program facilitator.

While developed with psychiatric-mental health nurses in mind, the content is appropriate for any professionals looking to integrate recovery-oriented practices in to the care they provide to persons with mental illness.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe recovery principles and person-centered care.
  2. Promote greater awareness and adoption of mental health recovery into nursing practice.
  3. Integrate tools and strategies to implement recovery concepts into nursing practice.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Participants who successfully complete the training requirements will be able to earn 8.5 contact hours of nursing continuing professional development.


Program Outline

Part 1: Recovery Knowledge (3.0 Contact Hours)

  • Module 1: Explores areas of the Recovery Movement that will have an impact on nursing.
  • Module 2: Identifies aspects of nursing care that can be modified to become recovery-oriented.

Part 2: Recovery Attitudes (2.75 Contact Hours)

  • Module 3: Examines ways in which a nurse’s attitude can be a barrier to or a facilitator of recovery.
  • Module 4: Provides effective communication techniques that reflect recovery–oriented practice.

Part 3: Recovery Skills (2.75 Contact Hours)

  • Module 5: Covers the PMH-Scope and Standards of Practice as they relate to recovery.
  • Module 6: Connects psychiatric–mental health nursing interventions to recovery–oriented outcomes.

Access the Program

The first two modules are available online at no cost.* To view them, click here.  The remaining modules of the APNA Recovery to Practice program are available for organizations, hospitals, learning institutions and APNA Chapters via a content rental and licensing agreement.

Organizations, Hospitals and Learning Institutions
The agreement will allow unlimited use of facilitated content for the duration of the agreement period.

To request a rental agreement and program costs, contact APNA at recovery@apna.org.

*Note: Contact hours cannot be earned for viewing the material online. To earn contact hours, learners must attend a group training. For information, contact recovery@apna.org.

APNA Recovery to Practice Facilitator Training

Through this hybrid multi-week course, you will be trained to deliver the APNA Recovery to Practice Training as an RTP Facilitator! This is an ideal course for those who wish to spread recovery-oriented practices through education and develop new skills. Email recovery@apna.org to request more information about upcoming trainings.

Course Description

The structure of the course is divided into three sections:

  1. Part I: An Introduction and Overview of the Recovery to Practice Program
  2. Part II: Accessing RTP Resources and Delivery of RTP Content
  3. Part III: Applying Knowledge and Facilitating Group Activities

The facilitator course aligns with the APNA Recovery to Practice Facilitator Guide which follows the course outline and content of the APNA Acute Care Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses: Preparing for Recovery Oriented Practice Program above. To progress successfully through this course, each part of the online training will need to be completed before advancing to the next part.  A schedule of required activities and assignment due dates will be provided by APNA.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to:

  1. Implement training curricula that promote greater awareness and adoption of mental health recovery into nursing practice.
  2. Integrate tools and strategies to implement foundational training for recovery nursing practice.
Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Upon successful completion of the facilitator training, participants will earn a Certificate of Completion. Additionally, upon successful completion of the facilitator training, participants are eligible to complete the post-tests and evaluations of the RTP course in order to earn 8.5 contact hours.

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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.