The EMPAD project has come to a successful end

7.1.2013

The EMPAD project officially ended on the 31st of October 2012.
The final report and results will be published on the project's renewed website in January 2013.
During the project (one of the main results of the project) an EMPAD training course was developed. The objective of the EMPAD training is to promote the professional skills of people working with people with mental health illnesses and to disseminate knowledge about community based rehabilitation and supported employment, education and social inclusion for people with mental health problems. The EMPAD training courses will continue to be organized even after the project has come to its end.

The main results of the EMPAD project

A new EMPAD training course has been developed for adult education staff and other professionals working with people with mental illnesses. Two courses were held in 2012, one in Stockholm and one in Helsinki. Both of them received positive feedback. In 2013 there will be three more courses held. An EMPAD learning file was assembled to support the teaching and learning during the courses process.

One of the main results for the EMPAD course was the publishing of the "Choices for recovery, Community-based rehabilitation and the clubhouse model as parts of mental health reform" report by Esko Hänninen, a senior mental health expert. To disseminate information about the Clubhouse model further, short summaries of the report in Finnish, Swedish, Dutch, German, Rumanian, Spanish, Italian and French were prepared and are now available.

A short video presenting the EMPAD training course in Munich and another short video of Lasse telling his story were filmed and shared. Seven national seminars and three sustainability workshops were held. The project's website and brochures were established to deliver up-to-date information. Several newsletters have been published about the progress of the project. The Clubhouse model of psychosocial rehabilitation - a learning resource book by ICCD was also published.

THL, the coordinator of the project, wants to acknowledge and thank all the partners for the good collaboration. We encourage everyone interested in the Clubhouse model to take part in the upcoming EMPAD training courses.

For more information on the results of the EMPAD project please contact Project Manager Ville Grönberg at ville.gronberg(at)thl.fi.

For more information on the upcoming courses please contact the following contact person of the Clubhouse in question:

• Munich: Vera Hahn at vera.hahn(at)paritaet-bayern.de
• Stockholm: Gunilla Byström at gunilla.bystrom(at)Fountain House.se
• Amsterdam: Lina Berger at l.berger(at)waterheuvel.nl

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