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Elsevier Expands DirectCourse for Mental Health Practitioners

October 17, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, October 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

New curriculum is designed for continued professional training and education

of community mental health practitioners

Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ], a world-leading provider of scientific, technical
and medical information products and services, announced today the launch of a new
curriculum, The College of Recovery and Community Inclusion
[http://visit.clinicaldecisionsupport.com/l/7222/2013-10-10/mjn5h ]. In conjunction with
the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric
Disabilities, Elsevier has made this new curriculum available via DirectCourse
[http://www.directcourseonline.com/recoveryandcommunityinclusion ], a suite of online
curricula designed to help the workforce who support the social and employment needs of
people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. This new curriculum now
offers five web-based courses.

The College of Recovery and Community Inclusion is an integrated, web-based curriculum
designed for community mental health practitioners working at state and county mental
health offices, private providers, and nonprofit agencies who have day-to-day contact with
individuals who have mental health conditions.

“Our new online curriculum is designed to help community mental health practitioners
develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary to competently and compassionately
support individuals trying to live satisfying, successful and self-directed lives,” said
John Schrefer, Senior Vice President, Performance Management, Elsevier. “Community mental
health practitioners are being expected to handle an increasing influx of individuals with
mental health conditions, thus increasing the demand for well-trained staff focused toward
the advancement of mental health recovery.”

Elsevier’s DirectCourse online curricula are crafted by established educational
institutions, known and respected for their dedication to research and training in
community and workforce development. The new curriculum includes:

        - Seeing the Person First: Understanding Mental Health Conditions
        - Mental Health Treatments, Services, and Supports
        - Cultural Competence in Mental Health Service Settings
        - The Effective Use of Documentation
        - Universal Precautions and Infection Control

“Our aim in the development of this new curriculum is to make certain that those
living with mental conditions have a stable, reliable, better-trained workforce to best
help them live more independent lives in community settings,” said Richard Baron, MA,
Co-Director of the College of Recovery and Community Inclusion and Director of Knowledge
Translation for the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals
with Psychiatric Disabilities.

Courses are all self-directed and administered by Elsevier’s industry-leading learning
management system, and were created in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s
Research and Training Center on Community Living. Administrators and supervisors track
progress, assign lessons and create customized content with ease in an effort to ensure
all workers have access to the high-quality training throughout their career. The content
meets national practitioner competencies and is guided by recognized experts in the field.

For more information on the College of Recovery and Community Inclusion, visit


[http://visit.clinicaldecisionsupport.com/l/7222/2013-10-10/mjn5h ]. Demos are available at


[http://visit.clinicaldecisionsupport.com/l/7222/2013-10-10/mjn3f ]

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information
products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health
communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet
[http://www.thelancet.com ] and Cell [http://www.cell.com ], and close to 20,000 book
titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online
solutions include ScienceDirect [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], Scopus
[http://www.scopus.com ], SciVal [http://info.scival.com ], Reaxys
[http://www.elsevier.com/reaxys ], ClinicalKey [https://www.clinicalkey.com ] and Mosby’s
Suite [http://www.confidenceconnected.com ], which enhance the productivity of science and
health professionals, helping research and health care institutions deliver better
outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ]
employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC
[http://www.reedelsevier.com/Pages/Home.aspx ], a world leading provider of professional
information solutions. The group employs more than 30,000 people, including more than
15,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier Group PLC is owned equally by two parent companies,
Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam
and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam:
REN; New York: RUK and ENL.

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