PRA Issues CPRP Certification to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners

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90 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Professionals Earn Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner Designation

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This year, PRA offers a number of training opportunities through the Academy of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery.

The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) welcomes 90 new psychiatric rehabilitation professionals who passed the Spring 2014 Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) designation to a group of distinguished leaders in the psychiatric rehabilitation field. Through the CPRP designation, PRA advances the psychiatric rehabilitation field, increases cooperation between like-minded organizations and professions, and provides a means to establish and enforce an ethical code of practice. The Certification Commission, on behalf of PRA, is the exclusive credentialing body of the CPRP designation and has developed and administers the certification exam to advance the availability and practice of quality psychiatric rehabilitation services.

“To sit for the exam, candidates must meet rigorous eligibility criteria based on level of formal education, employment experience, and continuing education,” said Diane Brewer, MS, LPCC, CRC, CPRP, chair of the Certification Commission and ex-officio member of the PRA Board of Directors. “This year, PRA offers a number of training opportunities through the Academy of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery including webinars, instructor-led online courses, and sessions at the PRA Annual Conference. Many state and local chapters of PRA also offer educational opportunities for CPRPs and CPRP exam candidates.”

Seventy-three percent of the 123 candidates who took the Spring 2014 exam passed. The high scored achieved on this administration was 89%, and candidates spanned the United States and Nigeria. The CPRP signifies the current competence of the individual to practice psychiatric rehabilitation. The exam provides avenues for psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners from a wide variety of educational backgrounds to become certified and is unique in the mental health profession – the CPRP is the only credential available to practitioners who may or may not have completed a post-secondary academic program.

The full list of the 90 professionals who recently earned the CPRP designation is available on PRA’s website.

The next CPRP exam will use the new CPRP blueprint and will begin on June 28 and closes on July 11, 2014. PRA looks forward to welcoming a new class of CPRPs in August.

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