USPRA Independent Training

An Introduction to Principles of Community Integration

November 18, 2009


Presenter:       Richard Baron (UPenn RRTC)


Summary:       Community Integration is an emerging approach to promoting the policies, programs, and practices that help those with psychiatric disabilities to live in the community like everyone else.  The emphasis of community integration is on finding new opportunities for those with psychiatric disabilities to rely less on mental health systems and supports, and more on existing community institutions to build new lives for themselves. The focus of the community integration approach is on both addressing the systemic barriers that limit opportunities for people to participate in community life and providing the individual supports needed to assist people in succeeding in new roles in every domain of community life.  How can we help people to live and work, attend church, join sports clubs, make friends and become active in civic life - beyond the reach of mental health systems?


This webinar focuses on better understanding:  a) the need for continuing to promote community integration; b) the fundamental definition of community integration; c) the principles that define the community integration approach; d) the domains of community integration; and e) a planning framework for implementing community integration within policy, program, and practice settings - all with everyday examples from the field.  The session is offered by staff from the NIDRR -funded by Rehabilitation and Research Center on Community Integration for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities at the University of Pennsylvania (The UPenn RRTC).


Learning Objectives:

     1. To assess the basic understanding of the need for community integration approaches

     2. To debate the importance of commitment to the principles of community integration

     3. To distinguish the use of community integration approaches in varied life domains

     4. To define a community integration implementation planning framework .



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