Illume provides evidence-based practice & evidence informed practice trainings. These can be categorized into the following:

  • Supporting Recovery
  • Awareness and Education
  • Wellness

See below for descriptions of trainings in each category.

Supporting Recovery

Illness Management and Recovery (IMR)

Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is an evidenced-based practice designed to provide mental health consumers with knowledge and skills necessary to cope with aspects of their mental illness while maintaining and achieving goals in their recovery.


Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational Interviewing is a framework for understanding an individual’s motivation and resolve ambivalence by enabling people to recognize their own patterns, own their personal outcomes and understand the means by which they will achieve those goals. Clinicians and behavioral health staff utilize motivational interviewing to attend to clients and staff needs in a person-centered way.


The Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) is an evidence-based, facilitated group approach to healing from the effects of trauma. It combines elements of social skills training, psychoeducational and psychodynamic techniques, and emphasizes peer support. It focuses on consumers age 18 to 55, male or female, with severe mental disorders, and/or substance use disorders. It also addresses a broad range of trauma symptoms.

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is a relatively modern evidence-based treatment model that treats co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. The model can be used in group or individual counseling. It was specifically developed to help survivors with co-occurring trauma and SUD and, crucially, in a way that does not ask them to delve into emotionally distressing trauma narratives. It helps clients envision what safety would look and feel like in their lives; and helping them learn specific new ways of coping.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD that have developed after experiencing a variety of traumatic events CPT is generally delivered over 12 sessions and helps individuals learn how to challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma. In so doing, the patient creates a new understanding and conceptualization of the traumatic event so that it reduces its ongoing negative effects on current life.

Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA)

Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) is a psychosocial intervention for individuals with alcohol and other drug use disorders that has been adapted for several populations, including adolescents (the Adolescent-Community Reinforcement Approach; A-CRA) and family members of individuals resistant or reluctant to enter treatment (Community Reinforcement and Family Training; CRAFT).

Wellness Coaching

Wellness Coaching is a deliberate, intentional process, using a set of techniques designed to focus on achieving and maintaining wellness, particularly in the physical dimension. It includes a

combination of communication skills, motivational strategies, and coaching principles to be utilized in a personal and time-limited format in collaboration with persons served in ordered to evaluate motivation, desire to change, needed resources, and barriers to success, while creating actionable steps, and identifying natural supports to promote positive behavior changes.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an Evidence based therapy modified from CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder, now adapted to help regulate a range of emotional behaviors such as eating disorders and substance use and sometimes PTSD.

BREATHE Trauma Treatment

BREATHE Trauma Treatment is a three-session intervention developed for individuals with SMI and PTSD. It provides psychoeducation around trauma and PTSD combined with some simple breathing retraining and CBT exercises

Awareness & Education

Suicide Prevention (QPR)

Our instructor teaches the evidence-based Question Persuade Response (QPR) model for suicide prevention. Key components of the training include how to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal. How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide. Your staff will learn the common causes and warning signs of suicidal behavior, and how to get help for someone in crisis.

Foundational Trauma training

Foundational Trauma Training is a 3-hour training will begin with more trauma informed care (TIC)/culture training for staff to provide a basic understanding of trauma within your population. This will provide a good clinical and TIC cultural foundation for the trauma treatment and any evidence-based practices that your staff utilize.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

Appreciative inquiry is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to promoting organizational change and human flourishing. In appreciative inquiry, the experiences and knowledge of staff at all levels in the organization are considered valuable. Shared inquiry can lead to generative discussions that help the organization live out its values in its daily work. Key stakeholders in the agency will be engaged in a process of inquiry that involves discovering what is working well in the organization, dreaming of an ideal workplace, designing interventions to help the organization be at its best, and achieving the destiny of the organization by enacting policies and projects that fulfills the organization’s mission.

Managing Grief

From the loss of loved one to the loss of normalcy or routine, grief comes in many forms. Illume Grief Trainings provide insight on the impacts of grief, how to cope with grief and how to support others who are grieving.

Trainings include:

    • How to support Grieving Employees in the Workplaces
    • Grief & Covid-19
    • Working with Grieving Person Served, Youth and Senior.
Grief Support Groups

Implementing a Staff Grief Support Group is a two-day intensive workshop that will teach participants how to facilitate an in-house staff grief support group focused on employees bereaved by client deaths. Participants will obtain a knowledge of the foundations of grief, how to facilitate a non-clinical grief support group, as well as tools to navigate grief as a facilitator. Participants will continue to receive one mentoring session a month for six months following the two-day training. Participants do not have to be in a clinical role to attend the training.


This training will assist with understanding how to prevent situations from escalating and becoming potentially violent. Our instructor will inform how to best work with individuals who are agitated or aggressive. This training is ideal for individuals looking to maintain safety in volatile situations.


Resilience Skill Building

Join us to explore ways to increase our coping skills and resilience. We will discuss a variety of tips and techniques focused on everything ranging from improving our sleep to working from home. We will practice some techniques for coping with stress and anxiety and will learn effective ways to communicate with and provide support to our friends and family.


A wellness intervention that promotes individual skills and strategies to support workplace well-being. It is delivered in a session lasting six hours. Additional follow up is available to help the intervention stick. Because it targets individual skills, factors that operate primarily on the organizational or team/departmental level might not be addressed. On the other hand, changes in individual behaviors may contribute to positive changes in different parts of the organization and on team/departmental dynamics.


Specialized trainings are available

Talk with us about delivering customized trainings, as well as adding evaluation, consultation or mentoring services.

Illume offers more than what is listed.