Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College:
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College:
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation


At Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, our work is guided by the most basic of rehabilitation values: that first and foremost, persons with psychiatric disabilities have the same goals and dreams as any other person.

This value is reflected in the innovative research we do to develop new knowledge and interventions that positively impact the lives of people in recovery.  This value is the foundation of the training and dissemination we do in partnership, to help programs and providers to develop, implement and deliver recovery-oriented services.

And this value guides our service delivery.  We do not diagnose, prescribe medications or provide therapies. Instead, we provide comprehensive services and programs that teach people critical skills and assist them to gather essential supports that promote thriving and success in their valued roles as students, workers, and citizens.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation stands firmly with individuals in all communities of color, including the Black, Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander, Native American and Latinx communities. The Center is an ally in the fight to address the pandemic of racial discrimination, racially motivated murders, and structural inequalities. The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and we will not ignore it. In keeping with the Center’s mission and values, we are working to educate ourselves and are implementing an anti-racism agenda that will improve the Center as well as our work with mental health programs that serve communities of color.

The Center cares deeply about our primary value of personhood and has worked to ensure that it is visible and active in our research, training and services throughout our 41 year history. The Center is actively in engaged in addressing intersectionality, that is, the way that multiple forms of injustice, inequality, and discrimination compound each other. We are striving to build diversity, equity, inclusion and justice within the Center and for individuals living with mental health conditions.

Our mission is to assist individuals with psychiatric conditions to live, learn, work, and socialize in communities of their choice.

Wellness & Recovery

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University offers a variety of wellness courses that support the treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery efforts of adults and college students alike.

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Research and Evaluation

Researchers design and conduct studies on innovative interventions to enhance our understanding of factors that can positively affect the recovery of persons with psychiatric conditions.

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Training & Consultation

Using a variety of approaches, we create partnerships to help programs and services develop, implement and deliver recovery-oriented services.

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Resources & Information

We provide a variety of resources to educate, inform, and guide individuals wishing to learn more about recovery-oriented services and programs for individuals with psychiatric conditions.

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"Recovery means finding meaning and purpose in life that goes beyond a psychiatric diagnosis..." Bill Anthony, Founder

A recovery-oriented practice focuses on:

  • a person orientation or a focus on people with talents, strengths, aspirations, and the full-human experience
  • partnering and full involvement of individuals with psychiatric conditions in all aspects of our work
  • choice and self-determination
  • hope or a belief in the inherent possibility of growth

(Farkas, Gagne, Anthony, Chamberlin, 2005).

Over the last 40 years, the Center has helped to shift the paradigm in mental health services to a recovery orientation.

The values of hope and personhood... both are essential in recovery.

Learn more about the Center's work:


Collegiate resilience and readiness.

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Recovery Toolkit

Recovery is possible.

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Recovery-oriented materials.

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