Newsletter 1/2012

- EMPAD Clubhouse training courses in 2013. Feedback from the courses in Stockholm and Helsinki. "Choices for Recovery" report.

EMPAD Clubhouse training courses
The first official EMPAD training courses successful
"Choices for Recovery" report has been published as part of the EMPAD project

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EMPAD Clubhouse training courses

EMPAD ProgrammeAs an end product of the project “Empowering Adults with Mental Illness for Learning and Social Inclusion” (EMPAD), a five-day training programme has been developed to introduce the Clubhouse method to professionals working in the field of mental health rehabilitation.

Participants gain knowledge in understanding empowerment in the context of Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR). The training gives an orientation to the Clubhouse method. The method emphasizes the recovery orientation, learning opportunities, social inclusion and labour market integration of people with different mental health problems.

The course provides participants with useful ideas on how to use lessons learned in their own work environment.

During the course a variety of methods will be used: learning-by-doing, presentations, Clubhouse member stories, study visits, group discussions, articles.

EMPAD training courses in 2013
• Fountain House Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden 13.5–17.5.2013
• Clubhaus Schwalbennest and Clubhaus Giesing, Munich Germany 24.6–28.6.2013
• Clubhouse De Waterheuvel, Amsterdam The Netherlands 7.10 – 11.10. 2013

Course registration
Registration for the training programme is administrated by the respective host organization. Please contact the organization directly in order to enrol.

For registration instructions and updated training course information, see

How to fund the training courses
Participants can apply funding for the training fee and travelling expenses from their National Lifelong Learning Agency. For more information, see the selection timetable for Comenius and Grundtvig of your national agency.

Training fee and other costs
Training fee is 690€. Accommodation and travel costs are not included in the fee but the participants can apply for funding for them from their national agency.

For more information
For questions regarding the training please see the contact information:

- Munich: Vera Hahn at
- Stockholm: Gunilla Byström at firstname.lastname@Fountain
- Amsterdam: Lina Berger l.berger(at)

EMPAD course details can be found at Comenius Grundtvig training database (search for “EMPAD”)
List of national agencies:

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The first official EMPAD training courses successful

The first official EMPAD Grundtvig in-service training course was held at the Fountain House Stockholm in June of this year. The five-day training course is an end product of the Empowering Adults with Mental Illness for Learning and Social Inclusion (EMPAD) project. The course consists of lessons, group work and unit-based participation. It introduces the Clubhouse method to professionals working in the field of mental health rehabilitation and adult education.

The enthusiasm of the participants spread to the whole house
The Fountain House Stockholm director Gunilla and a Fountain House member Lasse, along with other people at Fountain House, organized an EMPAD training course in June.

Gunilla and LasseAccording to Gunilla and Lasse, organizing and planning the course was not too demanding. For them, it was a very rewarding experience. The participants took lessons and participated in the everyday life of the Clubhouse. Gunilla and Lasse were surprised how easily the course participants found their place in the Clubhouse community.

Gunilla was delighted to see how the enthusiasm of the participants spread to the whole Fountain House. Talking about the Clubhouse method and sharing the day-to-day activities with participants inspired Gunilla in her work at the Fountain House.

The training provides insight into future endeavors
Course participants Patricia and Lia from the Netherlands took part in the course in Stockholm. They both found the course inspiring and helpful in their efforts to develop Clubhouse activities back home in the Netherlands.

According to them, the best thing about the course was being part of the Clubhouse community and experiencing the Clubhouse spirit. Lia especially liked the variation of methods used in the training: it was a perfect mixture of interesting lessons, discussions and learning-by-doing.

Organizing the training course: an empowering experience
The second official EMPAD training course was held in Helsinki at the beginning of October. The Finnish Clubhouse staff and members felt that it was a great learning experience for them as well. Meeting people from different European countries and speaking English was part of the challenge. Some of the members displayed their fantastic language skills and were an important support in the organizing of the course. Overall, it was an empowering experience for the whole Clubhouse.

For participants, the spirit of the Clubhouse was the most rewarding aspect of the training experience. It will inspire them to adopt the inclusive Clubhouse method in their home countries, and drive for a change towards Community-Based Rehabilitation.

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"Choices for Recovery" report has been published as part of the EMPAD project

Choices for RecoveryChoices for recovery, Community-based rehabilitation and the clubhouse model as parts of mental health reform overview is an end product of the Empowering Adults with Mental Illness for Learning and Social Inclusion (EMPAD, 2010-2012) project. The author of the report is a senior expert in the field, Esko Hänninen. The report was published as part of the THL Report series.

The main idea of the EMPAD project and the overview is to develop, promote and disseminate Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR). CBR is a good practice aimed at helping people living with mental disorders.

The purpose of the overview is to study interrelationships between the conceptual elements of the values, principles and goals of the different mental health policy frameworks and the key concepts of psychosocial rehabilitation.

The overview can be used as a sourcebook and training and learning material about the process of mental health reform and the recovery-orientated Community-Based Rehabilitation of people with different mental health conditions.

Online version of the report is available at:

Requires of the report can be directed to Eeva Mielonen at     


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