Illness Management and Recovery (IMR)
The Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Program consists of weekly sessions in which mental health counselors help people who have experienced psychiatric symptoms develop personal strategies for coping with mental illness and moving forward with their lives. The program can be provided in individual or group formats and generally lasts 4 to 12 months.
As the first agency of its kind to implement IMR in residential programs, The Bridge’s experience now extends to multiple programs, and dozens of staff who are trained in IMR techniques. Our menu of IMR training and consultation services ranges from one-time consultation to extensive staff training, program development and monitoring.
CONSULTATION SERVICES AVAILABLE
The decision to convert an existing program to the IMR model calls for thoughtful planning. Bridge consultants have extensive experience planning and implementing successful new programming and can help you avoid many common problems. Examples of consultation related to program development include:
• Plan for program transition to IMR treatment model
• Create customized IMR systems that suit your clientele and program goals
Tracking treatment effectiveness and outcomes is an important component of providing IMR. The challenge is developing a data collection process that is simple and useful. Our consultants are experienced in identifying, tracking and analyzing emperical data, and can help you develop assessment instruments to measure treatment outcomes.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS
INTRODUCTION TO IMR
Overview training regarding IMR methods, applications and benefits to agency leaders and funders who may be considering investing in this method.
This training is designed for mental health professionals and program staff to learn, in-depth, how to manage individual IMR treatment and skills groups.
Customized trainings target the unique needs of residential, clinical, educational, or other staff to optimize effective delivery of IMR treatment.