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National Recovery Month 2021

September 15th, 2021

Recovery is for everyone, because it benefits everyone. We applaud National Recovery Month for highlighting the diversity of faces united by this experience. As we know gender, socioeconomic group or cultural background, does not exclude anyone from mental health and substance abuse challenges.

Worth watching: Personal and professional stories that inspire

Our own biases of what the recovery experience should like, can actually impede it. Every individual has their own unique experience often shaped by external factors like the access to care they have, their immediate support system and community, as well as their own life, like their religion, sexual-orientation and cultural beliefs.

How can our professional approach impact recovery?

Our strength is our diversity. Accepting that recovery journeys can look different, and treating clients with compassion, empathy, and giving respect to their own lived experiences, can dramatically improve their outcome.

As mental health professionals it can be a challenge to know how to best cater to all our clients. What is considered normative now, can be very different from 10 or even 5 years ago. Even using language and terminology that reflects the society and the individual can advance their recovery greatly.

These courses could be relevant to you:

Free resources

If you are looking for ways to participate, visit the Faces of Recovery website for their Free Tool Kit.


Recovery and recovery support

September 12th, 2021

With recovery support systems changing in their approach as we all adapt to working online, the pillars of recovery remain the same.

Vital aspects of addiction recovery


  • Health — managing mental health or symptoms – like substance abuse.
  • Home— having a safe environment to live.
  • Purpose— being independent and living with purpose, such as study or work commitments, that offer healthy routine and structure.
  • Community— having a social life whether it be family or friends; or a more formal recovery community, that offer support and care.


What courses does CE Units offer to professionals who work in recovery?

There are several pathways that cater to mental health professionals who work with addiction in mental health care. Our courses are created by qualified professionals and delivered online for convenience.

Whether you are a social worker, psychologist, addiction consultant or mental health care nurse, our courses are set at different levels for different professions.

Some of our most popular courses to support mental health recovery are:

1. Cultural Competencies

2. Mindfulness

3. Spousal Partner Abuse

Why choose CE Units courses?

CE Units is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Units maintains responsibility for this program and its content. See all of our available courses here.

What we are learning: Pandemic and mental health

September 12th, 2021

Headlines keep telling us we are living through “unprecedented times”, and when you have the weight of a job like mental health provider on your shoulders, that doesn’t make things easy.

This is a profession that heavily relies on precedent informing best practice.

Reports and research, supported by extensive data can compel vital support from stakeholders as well as give patients the confidence to seek treatment.

The current state of the world has seen more people asking for help; but we are also living through a more challenging time to offer help.

Mental health in the United States 2021

During the world events of 2020 and 2021, Americans have reported higher levels of mental health issues, including stress and anxiety, as well as substance abuse.  This was directly linked to fear of job loss, uncertainty around finances and isolation, as well as concerns about their health and safety and that of family and community.

In conjunction with this uncertainty, and increased stress, the institutions and support networks many individuals rely on were also experiencing closures or changes in operation.

Doing the best with the information we have

How can past learnings better help us prepare to support our clients? Mental health professionals have had to shift the way they work. We reached out to more than 20,000 mental health professionals in the United States to see what they were challenged by; and what they learn to appreciate during the 2020-2021 period.

An 80% of respondents shared they had been impacted throughout 2020-2021 (the survey took place in August, 2021 and we are still collecting results), by Covid-19.

This included having to shift to working remotely (replacing face to face interactions), and the challenges of learning to provide therapy online. One respondent explained how they had to change treatment models because they found EMDR was not effective, in a remote environment.

Identifying and adapting to challenges

40% of respondents said they found working remotely challenging. Working remotely means disengaging from colleagues, routine, normal working environment as well as the way we service our clients or patients. In many cases it can mean work invading home-life through a computer screen, with boundaries becoming blurred. In some instances busy family life can mean competing priorities with home-school children and negotiating space with spouses. In other instances loneliness and isolation, for those who live solo, can be problematic.

Alan Webber, LICSW, Outpatient Psychotherapist, who is based in Massachusetts, said “differing schedules, within the family, impacted work”.

Close to half of all respondents shared similar experiences. Can you relate? Add your own experience here.

Data tells a story

Insights right now are preliminary and still being collected while we move through the pandemic. We know how important data is in healthcare.

Our research, and other research we are seeing largely too preliminary to create actionable insights. We can still learn from research and coursework created prior to the pandemic though.

In this panel discussion from 2019, the participants talk about the powerful role of data in shaping our jobs, service footprint and gaining vital funds from donors. Want to learn more about research, metrics and data? Try this course.

Video: In this panel discussion quality of life and recovery capital, as well as cost-effectiveness and achievements. Achievements include further education, for example if people in recovery pursue high school diplomas or university degrees.

How did continuing education change in the pandemic?

Most survey participants reported feeling more fulfilled by their jobs. Challenges with time management and disrupting schedules can make ongoing education a challenge. Register now for your next CE Units course.