Introduction to Rehabilitation Readiness

Marianne Farkas, Anne Sullivan Soydan, and Cheryl Gagne

Introduction to Rehabilitation Readiness


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Audience: Recommended for practitioners, educators, trainers, program administrators, and program directors. Valuable resource for training new staff or for retraining existing staff; for training students in courses in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, and social work; and for workshop presentations and seminars for helping professionals.


Rehabilitation readiness helps people with serious psychiatric disabilities to actively assess their own willingness to engage in rehabilitation. Introduction to Rehabilitation Readiness begins with a brief overview of psychiatric rehabilitation. The research background and context for the concepts involved in both assessing and developing psychiatric rehabilitation readiness are discussed. Further, if they wish, it helps people to get involved in activities that assist them in increasing their readiness.

Introduction to Rehabilitation Readiness can be used as a stand-alone text for classroom use or self-study. It also can be used as an introduction to the Rehabilitation Readiness Training Technology.

Citation: Farkas, M., Sullivan Soydan, A., & Gagne, C. (2000). Introduction to rehabilitation readiness. Boston, MA: Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Product Details

PDF file: 80 Pages
Published: 2000
Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
ISBN-13: 978-1-878512-10-9

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Context for Rehabilitation Readiness

Chapter 2: Description of Rehabilitation Readiness

Chapter 3: Assessing Readiness for Rehabilitation

Chapter 4: Developing Readiness for Rehabilitation

Chapter 5: Conclusion


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.”

Anne Sullivan Soydan Anne Sullivan Soydan, ScD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College at Boston University. Anne is presently a consultant for Supported Education initiatives, most recently at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and has worked with the Center since 1985. Most recently, she was the project director of the Boston University-based Supported Education Program, developing and implementing service programs for young adults with psychiatric disabilities as they return to college and providing statewide technical assistance and consultation in supported education. Currently, Anne is conducting research, training, and consultation in the areas of educational support, and reasonable accommodations; program and curriculum development; program evaluation; and eating disorders and trauma and quality of care in women with psychiatric disabilities.

Cheryl Gagne Cheryl Gagne, ScD, has been with the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation since 1988 when she joined the Supported Employment Research Project Team. Since then she has worked in numerous research, training, and service projects at the Center. Currently, Cheryl is a senior training associate and spends her time training and consulting with mental health programs in the United States and internationally. She is the associate director of the Services Division of the Center, which develops, delivers, and evaluates innovative services for people with psychiatric disabilities. She has developed many training programs and courses for mental health professionals and people who use mental health services. Since 1994, Cheryl has taught the course, Rehabilitation of Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities, at Boston University.


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