Newsletter 2/2011

- EMPAD videos and Pilot training stories from Munich and Amsterdam

Summary
EMPAD pilot training facts
EMPAD films published in web: EMPAD training course in Munich and Lasse tells his story of recovery
EMPAD pilot training course stories
Next EMPAD training courses in Stockholm and in Helsinki

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Summary

The EMPAD 5 day pilot training courses were organized in Munich and Amsterdam in May 2011. EMPAD project has produced a short film which tells about the pilot training organized in Munich. In another film Clubhouse member Lasse tells his recovery story and experience about community based rehabilitation and the Clubhouse model. In addition the EMPAD newsletter contains written stories from the other pilot training participants. 

Next EMPAD training courses will be organized in Stockholm 28th May – 1st of June 2012 in Helsinki 1st October – 5th October 2012. Registration for the trainings will begin before the end of this year. Registration details and training courses will be announced at the EMPAD website and at the Comenius-Grundtvig Training Database.

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EMPAD pilot training facts

The Objective of the EMPAD project is to create a new training program for adult education staff and other professionals working with people with mental illness. The EMPAD training will give an orientation to Community Based Rehabilitation services and especially to the Clubhouse method, which emphasizes the recovery orientation, learning opportunities and the labour market integration of people with mental illness.

The first EMPAD pilot training course was organised at the Clubhaus Schwalbennest In Germany. Training started by a Welcome reception with dinner on Sunday 15th of May. Pilot training had three participants from Slovenia and two from Spain. Training team included staff and members from the Munich Clubhouses Schwalbennest and Giesing and also colleagues from Fountain House Stockholm who took part to the training team on 4th and 5th training day. During the training week participants had an opportunity to learn about the Clubhouse model and they also took part to the daily clubhouse activities.

The second EMPAD pilot training was organised in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 22th may to 27Th of May. Trainings was organised with same concept as in Munich. Amsterdam training participants came from Romania (3), Spain (2) and Belgium (1). Local training team included co-trainers from Finland.

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EMPAD films published in web: EMPAD training course in Munich and Lasse tells his story of recovery

EMPAD project films have been published at the THL Finland Youtube Channel and the EMPAD website. EMPAD training course in Munich film tells about the training and the participants' experiences. In the EMPAD training course participants have a possibility to participate in the daily activities of a Clubhouse and learn about the method in practice.

In another film Clubhouse member Lasse tells his story of recovery. Lasse is a member of a Clubhouse in Stockholm and he participates in the EMPAD project as a peer trainer. "You have something to do in a Clubhouse each day, but you don't feel pressured. Clubhouse has given me a real life again", Lasse says.

The EMPAD DVD box will be available in the middle of October 2011 and it will contain both films. The language in both films is English. DVD boxes can be ordered from ville.gronberg(at)thl.fi.

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EMPAD pilot training course stories

"One of our best experiences was the enthusiasm of the participants. They absorbed any information about Clubhouse like a sponge. It seemed like they heard for the first time, that psychiatry can work differently than in their home country and maybe they did. They were very interested in participating in the work ordered day and to share their impressions during the discussions."

Charly Kahl-Gortan and Andrea Strasser
Trainers at the pilot week

Download the full story: EMPAD pilot training course week in Munich (pdf)

"We were so curios and had so many questions that were all answered in a really professional yet relaxed way by everybody. One of the things that we admired was the fact that the theoretical parts of the training described perfectly the reality of the clubhouse. Wander, Alex, Ashraf, Martin, Adelbert, Janneke and the rest did an incredible job in explains us all about how the clubhouse works, the standards of the clubhouse, the idea of the members and stuff working side by side, decision making, standards, funding, etc."

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Next EMPAD training courses in Stockholm and in Helsinki

Details for the next EMPAD training courses were planned in the 3rd EMPAD project meeting in Slovenia, Nazarje 11th-15th September. The meeting was hosted by the RUJ and Papilot institutes at the Burger Ranch Venise. This meeting gathered together 19 participants from all partner countries, including also so called "third country partner" ICCD from USA.

Next EMPAD training courses will be organized in Stockholm 28th May – 1st of June 2012 in Helsinki 1st October – 5th October 2012. Registration for the training courses will begin before the end of this year. Registration details and training programs will be announced at the EMPAD website and at the Comenius-Grundtvig Training Database.

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