Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
December, 2003


The University of Illinois at Chicago National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability (UIC NRTC) is pleased to announce the availability of two new Self-Determination Tools for people with psychiatric disabilities. The booklets “Seeking Supported Employment” and “Raising Difficult Issues with Your Service Provider” enable individuals to enhance control and decision-making in the services they receive. These booklets are available for free or at replacement cost. For more information contact Jeff Parks (by email <> or by phone 312-422-8180 ext. 10) or access the following link:

The UIC NRTC also announces its Online Survey about Mental Health and Personal Choice, a survey of people who have used mental health services or have experienced emotional or mental health problems. To learn more about this research study and to complete the survey access the following link:
The UIC NRTC is funded by NIDRR and CMHS.


The latest issue of the Recovery & Rehabilitation Newsletter highlights three different widely used recovery education resources that have been successfully adapted by many consumers in their recovery process. These resources include “Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Recovery Self-Help Workbook” by Priscilla Ridgeway, Diane McDiarmid, Lori Davidson, and Julie Bayes, “The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)” by Mary Ellen Copeland, “The Recovery Workbook I” by LeRoy Spaniol, Martin Koehler, and Dori Hutchinson, and “The Recovery Workbook II” by LeRoy Spaniol, Richard Bellingham, Barry Cohen, and Susan Spaniol. The newsletter includes a brief description of each resource and comments from individuals who used these resources. To view this newsletter go to:


The Professional Development Program (PDP) now offers a reading and testing format, using issues of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal published by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services. Test questions have been developed from each article beginning with the Fall 2003 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Registration for each Journal test costs $25.00, and successful completion of the test earns 5 PDP hours to be used for continuing education purposes. For More information contact Sue McNamara (phone: 617-358-2574, e-mail: <>) or access the following link:

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