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Certified Practitioner CARe Model online training



Overview and general concept

Certified Practitioner CARe Model online training (CPCM) provides essential knowledge and skills to become a certified CARe practitioner and allows the use of the approach in daily practice. It aims to empower professionals, teams, and communities in the field of mental health to enhance their abilities in providing relational recovery-oriented care and support. 


The CARe model is an approach and methodology oriented to support persons in vulnerable situations (due to psychiatric conditions, addiction, homelessness, poverty, and marginalisation) in their recovery process. The CARe Model is aimed to increase quality of life, self-reliance and community participation. 

CARe is an acronym for Comprehensive Approach to psychosocial Rehabilitation and in latest developments was elaborated to Supportive Relational Approach. It was developed over the last 35 years by Jean-Pierre Wilken and Dirk den Hollander from the Netherlands and is used now in more than 15 countries. 

Though its core essence (supporting people in achieving their desired level of quality of life) has remained unchanged over the years, the methodology has evolved over time under the influence of new scientific understanding, social movements and especially in accordance with experiential knowledge. It gives perspective and approach to the practice, but also useful working methods and tools which can be used to support joint unique recovery journey on the individual, team, and organizational level.

CARe is used widespread in different kinds of services e.g., in assisted living facilities, in mental health care hospitals and community care, in services of social care, in ACT and FACT teams, in supported housing, in youth care, forensic care, and in addiction care. It is also used in supporting clients with an intellectual disability and clients with an autism spectrum disorder.


CPCM is international and is aimed to connect participants from different countries. We have very good experiences with training across Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Armenia, Albania etc. The trainer’s team is international composed of experienced professionals working in a range of positions in mental health care. As we highlight recovery and peer work as important principles, experts by experience are an integral part of our team and we embrace the co-production of the training together.

The training will be held online in English. To ensure good quality of the training, we combine different forms of learning and practice: face-to face online meetings, e-learning modules, home tasks and assignments, participant’s online group meetings, coaching and individual supervision.   


The training requires a strong engagement of participants. It is meant to help participants to use CARe directly in their practice, as we believe “learning by doing” is the best way to gain deep understanding, knowledge, skills, and personal experience. Because of that the training is spread in 7 months to give the participants needed support and time to experience CARe in practice and learn during the training process. To benefit from the Training, participant’s ability to dedicate at least 10 hours per month is highly recommended.

This training program supports participants (experts by experience and experts by education) to become innovators, to explore beyond well-known terrain to work together and support the change in their team, organization, or environment. 

The training also opens the possibility to become a member of The CARe network as an empowering resource of mutual support and experiences to help persons to continue in personal and professional development and become a changing agent in your environment. 



The program focuses: 

  1. General principles of CARe approach, theory and working methods of the Model CARe.

  2. Using Model CARe in daily practice in different types of services and contexts together with specific applications with persons that need specific support.

  3. Using Model CARe as support for development in the team and organization towards recovery oriented, relational care, which emphasize personal experience.

  4. Support on deinstitutionalization (DI) process, development of recovery oriented, community-based services (experiences, different good examples, and practices)


The program has 75 learning hours and consists of the following parts:

The training has 8 learning modules. Each module consists of E-learning, practical assignments and online training. 

As an extension there is:

  • group coaching as a specific strength-based method supporting professional growth

  • participant’s working groups to gain practical experience and support each other in learning process

  • individual supervision and support from the coach/trainer during the training 

The training will take place during the period of 8 month and will be held from November 2021 - June 2022 (see table below).


Overview of the training modules

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By following this Certified practitioner Model CARe training, you will acquire the following competences.

1. Knowledge about the background, fundamental principles, and objectives of the Model CARe. Internalizing the fundamental principles.

2. Knowledge and skills presenting an outline of the CARe way of working. It sets out how to build the relationship systematically, exchange information, setting goals, making plans, implementing and evaluating CARe. The training is acquired to gain the ability to understand and use CUES principles in practice.

3. Knowledge and skills for building co-production and equality in relationships. Model CARe as relational approach stands on presence, genuine interests to persons life’s, involving trust and willingness to make an effort as the cornerstone of CARe.

4. Knowledge and skills about aspects of vulnerability associated with mental disorders and how people can deal with these as best they can to recover.

5. Knowledge and skills to work with the client's environment and the community. It also concerns the client's social networks and community support systems and developments of the welcoming, learning environments supporting recovery.

6. Knowledge and skills about strength-based coaching to be able to use this method in the practice. 

7. Knowledge about the transformation towards community and recovery-based services, quality assurance and support of implementation of the Model CARe in practice.

8. Knowledge and personal experience of peer work and peer principles, co-production, mutual support, working with personal experience and acknowledgement of importance of experiential knowledge. 



After successful completion of this program, you will receive an official certificate of The CARe Network Academy. It allows you to use Model CARe in daily practice, use the approach and maintain quality standards. 

There are no hidden costs for using the approach or tools of Model CARe in the practice. We aim to spread the approach without further barriers. It is allowed to share the knowledge and experience within the team to promote good quality of care while respecting authors rights and copyrights. As Model CARe is an evidence-based model supporting recovery it is recommended to keep fidelity to Model CARe as a comprehensive approach on individual, team and organizational level.

We can provide you with the description of the training to gain credits for education in accordance with your country's propositions.

To be entitled to the certificate, you are required to: 

* Completing 100% the e-learning program

* Completing all assignments required (assumes also trying the Model CARe in practice during the training)

* Attendance of at least 90% of online modules

* Active participation in own learning process, which includes 2 individual supervisions as a part of the support in the training

* Attendance and active participation in group works meetings

* Final assignment: description of your personal learning process and how CARe model were applied in your practice

* English B2 level is recommended  



Full price payment 660 euro / Payments separated to two payments 330 euro each

We offer EARLY BIRD payment for 610 euro for the first 5 participants registered by 30.9.2021. 

Detailed information about payment terms you will receive after registration. 

In case you are very much interested in the CPCM training and financial participation would make a barrier for you, you can ask for a scholarship. Please write the motivation letter to explain your interest and situation and send it to the CARe Network coordinator Pavel Říčan ( We will do our best to support you. 



E-learning is an important part of the learning process and will be held on the Google Classroom platform. Each participant will have access to all learning materials necessary to gain needed information and accomplish assignments successfully. You will receive all information needed for using Google Classroom prior to training. 

There will be E-learning materials to explore and assignments to be done in between online Modules. You are invited to actively engage at your own pace, support each other in the learning process and prepare for the topics in our meetings. 

For several assignments you will receive feedback from your coach. Some assignments will be shared or created together with the colleagues in the training, and some discussed together during our joint meetings in the training.

To support our model of “learning by doing” the assignments are based on your own personal and professional experience, support translation theory to practice and give the trainers the impression on your learning process.

Through the whole learning process, you will be supported by the coach/trainer. During the program you will have the possibility to have individual supervision with your coach in accordance with your need and learning process.

As the online platform we will use Zoom. You will receive the link for each online meeting by email before each Module meeting. Usually, it works without any problems, but the quality check of the audio and video connection is welcome before the meeting. You will receive the information about using Zoom before the training starts and we give you technical support if needed.   


Trainer's team

The trainer's team is acquired from the CARe trainers from different countries with broad experiences and expertise. Our aim is to connect people from different fields and professions which share CARe principles and approach and promote recovery-oriented care and peer work. There is a core trainers’ team of the CMCP online training which cooperate with larger Model CARe trainers and experts by experience network (see 

In each online meeting you will meet 2-3 trainers as expert by the topic, which will help you to explore the topic and support the learning process. During the training you will gradually meet all trainers. Those are also available as coaches and supervisors of the participants in the CPCM training. 



CPCM Trainer's team: 


Dirk den Hollander

Jana Pluhaříková Pomajzlová

Radmila Stojanovic Babic

Aster Tooma

Juraj Marendiak

Tom Heywegen

Inge Vallantis

Anita Kurvits

Michal Kašpar


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