The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practice

William A. Anthony and Marianne D. Farkas

Essential Guide to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practice

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Audience: Recommended for educators, students, practitioners, supervisors, trainers, and consumers—anyone interested in understanding and serving the needs of persons with psychiatric disabilities. Valuable resource for
staff development and for classroom use in courses in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, and social work.


In this recovery era, implementing the process of psychiatric rehabilitation has achieved prominence and importance. The purpose of this Guide is to describe the complexities of the psychiatric rehabilitation process, programs, and principles in a most straightforward and user-friendly way, in order to improve the implementation, practice, and study of psychiatric rehabilitation. To advance your understanding of the psychiatric rehabilitation process, the Guide strives to make the major elements of the psychiatric rehabilitation process, programs, and underlying principles perfectly clear.

Features of the Guide include checklists, examples, forms, and key principles that support effective implementation. Regardless of the program model, setting, or discipline; the psychiatric rehabilitation process effectively helps people living with psychiatric disabilities become more successful and satisfied in living, learning, working, and social environments of their choice.

Citation: Anthony, W. A., & Farkas, M. D. (2011). The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practice. Boston, MA: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Product Details

PDF file: 73 Pages
Published: 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1-878512-51-2


If you are interested in Consultation/In-Service Training about how to best use the psychiatric rehabilitation process in your program or agency, please contact:

Marianne Farkas, Director of Training,

Rick Forbess, Associate Director of Training,

Table of Contents


Section 1: Introduction

Purpose of This Guide
Intended Audience for This Guide
Underlying Assumptions of This Guide

Understanding the Background Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Origins
People Who Use Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Defined
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process Explained
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program Models, Settings, and Disciplines
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles
The Impact of Psychiatric Rehabilitation on the Mental Health Field
Differentiating Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services from other Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Rehabilitation as an Evidence-Based Process
The Critical Nature of the Helping Relationship
The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process and Medicaid
The Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Health Care Reform

Section 2: Process

Tracking the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process

Keeping Track of the Service Delivery Process
Benefits in Tracking the Service Delivery Process
Understanding the Service Delivery Process
The Diagnosis-Planning-Intervention (DPI) Process of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
An Example of Tracking the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process
How Detailed Must the Tracking Be?
What about the Level of Specificity of the Intervention Itself?
Tracking DPI Service Processes for Different Services
Common DPI Activities across Service Processes

Recording the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process

The Importance of Record Keeping
Differences Between Tracking and Record Keeping
How Detailed Must the Record Keeping Be?
Recording the DPI Phases of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process
Record Form for Assessing and Developing Readiness in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Diagnostic Phase
Record form for Setting an Overall Rehabilitation Goal in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Diagnostic Phase
Record forms for Functional and Resource Assessments in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Diagnostic Phase
Record form for Planning and Intervening in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Planning and Intervention Phases

Summary of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process


Section 3: Programs

Fundamental Program Elements

Program Mission
Program Structure
Program Environments

Examples of Program Models

ACT Program Model
Clubhouse Program Model
Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Program Model
Choose-Get-Keep Program Model

Summary of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs


Section 4: Principles

Practice Principles
Recovery Principles
Research Principles
Leadership Principles


anthonyWilliam A. Anthony, PhD, is the retired executive director of Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and professor in the University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. For the past 40 years, Anthony has worked in various roles in the field of mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation, and has been honored for his performance as a researcher, an educator, and a clinician. He is current co-editor of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.In 1988, Anthony received the Distinguished Services Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness; and in 1992, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the President of the United States for his efforts “promoting the dignity, equality, independence, and employment of people with disabilities.” Anthony has appeared on ABC’s “Nightline,” which featured a rehabilitation program developed and implemented by Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. He has authored over 100 articles in professional journals, 16 textbooks, and several dozen book chapters.

maf Marianne Farkas, ScD, has been and is currently the Co-Principal Investigator of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for over 15 years and a professor in Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She has authored and co-authored over 65 articles in professional journals, 4 textbooks, a dozen book chapters, and 6 multi-media training package; and is on a myriad of editorial review boards. For more than 30 years, Dr. Farkas has worked in various capacities in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery that have enabled her to promote the use of effective strategies and programs with diverse populations around the globe. Until recently she was the Vice President of the World Association
of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) and the President of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC). Among her many roles providing training, research, and consultation; Dr. Farkas was in charge of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, providing training, consultation, and research expertise to the W.H.O. network around the globe. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field including a Lifetime Achievement Award in in recognition of “…her outstanding contributions to the pre-eminence and practice of psychosocial rehabilitation.”


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