Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Technology: Rehabilitation Readiness

Marianne Farkas & Mikal Cohen, et al.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Technology: Rehabilitation Readiness

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Audience: This package is useful for those interested in teaching mental health, rehabilitation providers, or peers how to facilitate a person’s determination of their willingness and preparation to begin a rehabilitation change process. Recommended for use by instructors and trainers as part of an academic course, staff training, workshop, or seminar in the skills of the psychiatric rehabilitation process.


The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Technology for Rehabilitation Readiness teaches practitioners how to help people to actively assess and develop their own readiness to engage in rehabilitation. This Training Technology package has three components: Assessing Readiness, Developing Readiness, and Connecting. Each component can be taught independently or in a sequence designed by the individual trainer. In practice, the sequence for the performance of the activities is Assessing Readiness and then Developing Readiness. Connecting is performed throughout both Assessing and Developing Readiness.

Each training package includes a training module with easy-to­-follow lesson plans and a participant reference handbooks (pdf files on CDs) with lecture summaries, case studies, examples, practice exercises, and skill evaluation checklists. Assessing Readiness also includes a booklet of blank Assessing Readiness worksheets (pdf files on CD) that can be reproduced for practice during training or for actual use. This training package also includes a text, Introduction to Rehabilitation Readiness, which has a brief overview of psychiatric rehabilitation. The research background and context for the concepts involved in both assessing and developing psychiatric rehabilitation readiness also are discussed.

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

Farkas, M., Cohen, M., McNamara, S., Nemec, P., & Cohen, B. (2000). Psychiatric rehabilitation training technology: Assessing readiness for rehabilitation. Boston: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Cohen, M., Forbess, R., & Farkas, M. (2000). Psychiatric rehabilitation training technology: Developing readiness for rehabilitation. Boston: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Cohen, M., Nemec, P., & Farkas, M. (2000). Psychiatric rehabilitation training technology: Connecting for rehabilitation readiness. Boston: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

If you are interested in Consultation/In-Service Training about how to best use these training materials in your program or agency, please contact:

Marianne Farkas, Director of Training,

Rick Forbess, Associate Director of Training,

Product Details

Published: 2000
ISBN-13: 978-1-878512-30-7

Table of Contents

  • Assessing Readiness for Rehabilitation
    • Inferring Need
    • Validating Commitment to Change
    • Estimating Awareness
    • Discriminating Personal Closeness
    • Choosing a Direction
  • Developing Readiness for Rehabilitation
    • Organizing Motivational Activities
    • Clarifying Personal Implications
    • Demonstrating Credible Support
  • Connecting for Rehabilitation Readiness
    • Demonstrating Understanding
    • Self-Disclosing
    • Inspiring
    • Accompanying


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 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.

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.

mikal Mikal Cohen, PhD, was associate executive director at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and research associate professor of rehabilitation counseling at Boston University. Dr. Cohen developed psychiatric rehabilitation and case management training technology and wrote numerous journal articles, books, book chapters, and monographs.

suemac Sue McNamara, MS, began her career in 1978 providing services for people with psychiatric disabilities in community programs, and in 1985 she began teaching the skills of psychiatric rehabilitation to providers in the mental health field. For 15 years, Ms. McNamara worked as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She has co-authored several articles and curricula on psychiatric rehabilitation. Currently, Ms. McNamara is the Director of the Professional Development Program, which offers various options for continuing education through the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She also works as the Product Specialist in the Publications Division at the Center, and is involved in developing and marketing products, monitoring inventory and sales, and providing customer service.

nemec Patricia Nemec, PsyD, is an internationally recognized trainer in psychiatric rehabilitation, and was the director of the academic specialization in psychiatric rehabilitation at Boston University (now closed). She has played an important role on curriculum development teams for the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as well as for regional training projects in psychiatric rehabilitation and academic curriculum development for undergraduate and graduate programs in health and rehabilitation sciences. As an active contributor to the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Pat was a key member of the task force groups that developed the USPRA Language Guidelines and the most recent revision of the USPRA Multicultural Principles. She is the current Vice President of the Commission responsible for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner program, and a founding member of the Consortium of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Educators.

barry Barry CohenPhD, is the executive vice president for strategic services and partners at PTC.  Dr. Cohen is responsible for PTC’s global human resources, customer care, technical support, enterprise consulting partners, global services consulting and operations, Product First™ practice and education services. Dr. Cohen joined PTC in January 1998 when PTC acquired Computervision. Prior to the acquisition, he served with Computervision for four years as senior vice president for human development and organizational productivity. Before joining Computervision, Dr. Cohen was the president of Possibilities Inc., an executive consulting firm specializing in organizational change and executive coaching, where he served for thirteen years. Dr. Cohen has authored or co-authored several books on leadership and organizational change, including The Wellness Sourcebook, Ethical LeadershipLeadership Myths and Realities, and The Possibilities Economy: New Capital Development.  He has also published many professional articles and a series of training manuals.

rick Rick Forbess, MSSW, is currently the Associate Director of Training at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. He began his career as a provider, supervisor, and manager in community mental health centers in Texas and Maine. He received his Masters of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1978 and joined the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as a Senior Training Associate in 1985. Since that time he has provided training and technical assistance to a wide range of mental health agencies throughout the United States and Canada in order to implement psychiatric rehabilitation, person-centered service planning, and other services guided by values considered central to facilitating a person’s recovery from mental illness. He has developed and assisted with the development of training technologies, manuals, guides, and program curricula and has co-authored published articles and book chapters on psychiatric rehabilitation and case management.


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