Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health

The last four decades have seen unprecedented progress in the science of mental illness, yet we have seen little progress in outcomes for people with serious mental illness. At a population level, morbidity and mortality are increasing not decreasing for those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe mood and anxiety disorders. How to explain this gap between science and social impact? This lecture will suggest we have a crisis of care, with five major problems contributing (capacity, engagement, quality, accountability, and equity). Remarkably, while there is no magic bullet (or molecular target), there are solutions for each of these problems. Technology will help. But we need high touch as well as high tech. Most of all, we need to shift our model from a narrow medical “sick care” approach to a broader recovery “health care” approach, addressing the 3 P’s: people, place, and purpose. The problem of serious mental illness is indeed medical, but the solutions will need to include social, environmental, and political efforts if we are to bend the curves for morbidity and mortality.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize that progress in research has not translated to progress in outcomes for people with serious mental illness (SMI).
  2. Identify the reasons for lack of progress in outcomes for people with SMI.
  3. Define the critical elements (the three P’s) of recovery.
  4. Understand that health is about more than healthcare.
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Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.
Instructional Methodology
On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.