The EMPAD project Newsletter 2/2012

The EMPAD project has come to a successful end
Feedback from the EMPAD training courses encouragingly positive

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The EMPAD project has come to a successful end

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. In 2013 there will be three courses available at the following clubhouses:

• 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

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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Feedback from the EMPAD training courses encouragingly positive

Two EMPAD training courses were held in 2012, one at the Fountain House in Stockholm and one at the Clubhouse in Helsinki. Feedback from the course participants was collected to further develop the courses. The evaluation form was a questionnaire with a set of questions to assess the relevance and quality of the course. Participants could grade individual questions with different values. The possible values from the best to the worst were: Excellent, Good, Fair, Insufficient, Poor, Not applicable.

Seven participants took part in the EMPAD training course held in Stockholm between 28th of May and 1st of June. The EMPAD course in Stockholm received very good grades in terms of evaluation. All the topics the course dealt with received either an Excellent or Good grade from the participants. The topic of voluntary membership was valued as Excellent by all of the seven participants. Working in units with members also received very high grades and was obviously appreciated. According to the participants, the best features of the training course were discussions, experiencing the good atmosphere, the balance between theory and practice, personal stories given by staff and members, the mixture of learning-by-doing and theory, and working together with members.

There were eight participants in the EMPAD training course held in Helsinki between the 1st of October to 5th of October in 2012. The course received high grades in terms of evaluation. Especially working in units with members and the international nature of the Clubhouse model were graded as excellent by most of the participants. Overall the course received very high grades, either Excellent or Good, and only one Fair. The course received appraisal for its discussions, learning-by-doing, working together with members, staff and members working together.

All in all the positive feedback from the two courses held in 2012 encourages the work in delivering high-quality training in the Clubhouse method as EMPAD training courses to be continued.

Participants from both of the courses would recommend the course to social workers, decisions- makers and other professionals working with people with mental health illnesses. Clubhouse staff and members in Helsinki and Stockholm 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.

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