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The new ‘Partners in Care’ curriculum is now live on WPA’s Education Portal

Fountain House, in partnership with the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), presents this three-part series focused on “Partners in Care: A new person-centred curriculum focused on recovery for people with serious mental illness”.

Serious mental illness (SMI) affects more than 4% of the global adult population. These individuals face disproportionate impacts due to stigma, discrimination, and lack of understanding. For too long, people living with SMI have not received a person-centred approach in their own recovery, but it’s time to change.

This curriculum has been designed to train psychiatrists and mental health professionals in the principles and models of integrated care for persons with histories of severe mental Disorders (SMD), highlighting the integration of community-based supports with traditional medical and psychiatric care. This series is suitable for fully qualified mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, counsellors, social workers, occupational therapists, and other health professionals who provide services to individuals with mental, behavioural, or neuro-developmental disorders. Clubhouses that are working towards clinical partnerships are also encouraged to complete this course.

The objectives of the curriculum are threefold:

  1. To increase awareness and resources for recovery-oriented approaches.

  2. To increase understanding of the effectiveness of Clubhouses in assisting mental health professionals to improve the health and social health of their patients.

  3. Increase partnerships and collaborations among psychiatrists and other mental health professionals with the Clubhouse Model and persons with lived experience.

The Partners in Care curriculum provides a resource guide for both the early and continuing education of healthcare professionals in the unique and coordinated care contributions of community-based programmes for SMI. The goal of Partners in Care is to provide a curriculum resource for educators, policy-makers, and active practitioners, participating in the larger objective of expanding the educational content for healthcare professionals that widens the pedagogical lens for working with SMI.

For the nominal fee of USD $15, it is also possible to purchase the WPA CPD Certificate and the associated CPD points for completing this series.

To access Partners in Care curriculum, please visit the Education Portal.

For any queries relating to these education modules or the WPA Education Portal in general, please contact

Author: WPA Education Coordinator



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