Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
December 2001

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Institute for the Study of Human Resilience:
Established in January 2001 by Courtenay M. Harding, PhD, the Institute for the Study of Human Resilience is founded on the belief that people facing life challenges (such as serious
illness, trauma, disability, or disadvantage) are resilient and can significantly improve the healing process when they have access to knowledge, self-help resources, skilled professionals, sustaining environments, and social justice. Dr.
Harding plans to accomplish this vision through rigorous research, practical application of findings and, shared information between the individuals, their families, helping
professionals, and policy makers. http://www.bu.edu/resilience/

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Financial Empowerment for People with Psychiatric
Disabilities–What You Need to Know about SSWIs:
If you are confused about the regulations in the Social Security Work Incentives (SSWI), you will find this training manual a helpful resource. Authored by Kim MacDonald-Wilson and edited by Debbie Nicolellis, the 2001 edition provides specific information about how to use the SSWI and includes examples and blank forms to make the work incentives understandable. The manual is available from the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at a cost of $25.
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/catalog/training/curricula/sswi.html

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Alternative Approaches to Mental Health Care:
The most recent issue of “Recovery & Rehabilitation” focuses
on the use of alternative approaches to mental health care
by people living with serious mental illness. Research and
anecdotal evidence from a current study underway at the
Center indicates that these approaches can be substantially
helpful to people as they cope with fatigue, insomnia,
anxiety, and stressors that are often compounded by the
serious symptoms and consequences of mental illness. To read more about “Alternative Approaches to Mental Health Care”
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/rr/alternative/

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Practitioner Tools for Rehabilitation Readiness:
Recently produced Practitioner Tools for Rehabilitation
Readiness include protocols, activities, examples, worksheets,
and checklists for practitioners to use to guide consumers
through the Rehabilitation Readiness process. Topics in these
new products include: Assessing & Developing Readiness and
Consumer Participation Skills: Evaluation Modules & Lesson
Plans. These very practical and “hands on” materials were
developed by the Center’s affiliate organization.
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/catalog/training/practitioner/

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The purpose of the Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast is to
inform mental health and rehabilitation networks worldwide
about Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation events and
publications as well as general mental health and rehabilitation
news. Questions, suggestions, or other information regarding
this and other eCasts can be directed to <psyrehab@bu.edu>. Our website will contain an archive of eCasts as they become available: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/

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