Introduction to Illness Management and Recovery (IMR)



The trainer will walk participants through an overview of Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), including the importance of integrating a recovery-oriented philosophy into their practice.

IMR is an evidence-based practice with numerous adaptations that has been used by behavioral health professionals for almost twenty years. IMR is used to treat individuals experiencing symptoms related to schizophrenia, bipolar, schizoaffective, and depression. IMR is a manualized treatment based on empowerment that helps individuals set personalized goals and apply newly acquired skills in the eleven topic areas covered in the treatment. The materials and structure of this model help participants envision their future with hope and teaches them problem solving, goal setting, and self-management strategies. Practitioners often support the clinical application of IMR by combining it with other evidence-based practices, such as psychiatric rehabilitation, CBT, and motivational enhancement strategies.




• Participants will be able to discuss the major psychoeducation topics and key points learned in the IMR practice.
• Participants will be able to describe and provide an example of how IMR goals are used in the model.
• Participants will be able to describe one method used to enhance learning in IMR through CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and other methods.




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training. 




Kerrin Westerlind


Kerrin Westerlind, MSW, LICSW, is the Director of Evidence Based Practices at Open Sky Community Services.  For more than a decade, Kerrin has assisted interdisciplinary teams in the implementation of Evidence Based and Best Practices.  

Kerrin is an expert in Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) and has been involved in this practice since 2005.  She has overseen the implementation of IMR services in residential and supported housing programs with diverse populations, adapted materials for various populations and has provided consultation on using adaptations of IMR with adolescents, those who are justice-involved and individuals who are dually diagnosed with a mental health and a substance use disorder.   She has provided training and consultation on IMR and its adaptations to specific populations to various agencies in Massachusetts, throughout the United States and at National Conferences.

Additionally, Ms. Westerlind has training and leadership experience in implementing multiple modalities for working with people who experience psychosis, including CBT for Psychosis and Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R).  

Kerrin’s interests extend to using trauma informed care principles in culture transformation, to promote healing, growth, and resilience for those using and providing services.   She is currently working with others from all around the Open Sky community to advance the agency’s efforts in becoming a fully trauma informed and responsive organization. 

Kerrin is passionate about providing person-centered, recovery-oriented practices, and training others in the provision of these treatment models.  Her experience in the mental health field includes over 20 years of work in a range of settings from residential, supported housing, day treatment, outpatient, community-based services for adults and adolescents and clubhouse model. Her interests have led her to serve on the MassPRC (Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Collaborative) Board of Directors, since 2018.









The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Starts: Feb 8, 2023 12:00 pm
Ends: Feb 8, 2023 1:30 pm
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