American Psychiatric Nurses Association Celebrates National Recovery Month and National Wellness Week with Free Continuing Education on Psychopharmacology and Recovery

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To honor National Recovery Month, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association offers psychopharmacological continuing nursing education at no cost to all health professionals during National Wellness Week (9/17-23) and at no cost to APNA members during the entire month of September.

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Psychiatric mental health nursing fully stands behind National Recovery Month’s message that recovery from any mental illness is possible.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is offering the CNE podcast, Recovery Perspectives on Medication, at no cost to APNA members during September in support of National Recovery Month. In conjunction with this member benefit, the session will be offered for free to everyone during National Wellness Week, September 17th through 23rd. This free online continuing nursing education serves to further the message of National Recovery Month and to facilitate the integration of recovery principles into nursing practice in order to promote overall wellness. Recovery from mental illness is possible!

Recovery Perspectives on Medication is presented by two consumers, Adolph Allen Conover, Director of the Rick VanStory Resource Center and M. C. Violet Taylor, a CPS – (Peer) Bridger with the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, who share their personal perspectives on the use of psychiatric medications. This 60 minute session will discuss recovery practices that can help reduce or eliminate the need for medications, help participants to identify with consumers on how it feels to be medicated, and address the effects of the use of medication restraints on the consumer. Originally presented in 2011 at the APNA 9th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute, the session is now available in the APNA eLearning Center for download as an mp3 file or online streaming. Participants are eligible to earn up to 1.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education pertaining to psychopharmacology. For more information visit

“Psychiatric mental health nursing fully stands behind National Recovery Month’s message that recovery from any mental illness is possible,” says APNA President Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC. “Offering this continuing education at no cost represents just one part of APNA’s effort to disseminate the principles of recovery throughout the mental health and nursing community.”

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. As part of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA launched the National Wellness Week in order to encourage individuals, families, and communities across the country to improve their health behaviors, while also exploring their talents, skills, interests, social connections, and environment to incorporate other dimensions of wellness.


The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a national professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA’s membership is inclusive of all psychiatric mental health registered nurses including associate degree, baccalaureate, advanced practice (comprised of clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners), and nurse scientists and academicians (PhD). APNA serves as a resource for psychiatric mental health nurses to engage in networking, education, and the dissemination of research.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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