Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is a flexible intervention that helps individuals with a serious mental illness acquire information and skills to develop a greater sense of mastery over their mental health. Through a series of modules focused on specific topics, they learn to set meaningful goals and put themselves on a manageable path to recovery.

When IMR is employed effectively, individuals can make progress toward personal recovery. IMR has been shown to have a positive impact on individuals with schizophrenia and serious mood disorders.

MNCAMH training is interactive; this allows clinicians to practice the skills they need to teach individuals with severe mental illness how to manage their disorder in collaboration with professionals and significant others in order to achieve personal recovery goals.

IMR training includes:

  • Workshop sessions on the foundational concepts and skills required to implement IMR
  • Applied learning and consultation
  • IMR Manual (digital and paper copy) and participant materials
  • 12 hours of continuing education credits plus 12 additional credits if all consultation is completed

Also available:

  • Practitioner evaluation
  • Agency fidelity review


MNCAMH offers different levels of IMR training and certification, including four levels of certification that form a credentialing ladder. Read more about building your clinical skills with IMR.



The IMR Practitioner Guides and Handouts has been developed to guide your work with the IMR curriculum. This manual is available for download, though training is recommended for practitioners unfamiliar with IMR.

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