Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
May 2004

The purpose of the Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast is to inform mental health and rehabilitation networks worldwide about the activities and resources produced by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as well as to disseminate general mental health and rehabilitation news. This eCast is jointly supported by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Department of Education.

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SAMHSA OFFERS NEW CONFERENCE GRANT PROGRAM

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) are accepting applications for SAMHSA Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants (also referred to as SAMHSA Conference Grants). The purpose of the Conference Grant program is to disseminate knowledge about practices within the mental health services and substance abuse prevention and treatment fields and to integrate that knowledge into real-world practice as effectively and efficiently as possible. Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For more information and to download an application, access the following link:
http://www.samhsa.gov/Grants/2004/nofa/pa05001_conf.htm

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CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS PRODUCT SPECIAL FOR MAY 2004!

Purchase the “Integrated Treatment of Dual Disorders” Workshop on Tape during the month of May, and receive a 20% discount off the book “A Comprehensive Guide for Integrated Treatment of People with Co-Occurring Disorders,” edited by Diane Doyle Pita and LeRoy Spaniol (a savings of $13.99). The workshop on tape has been approved for 5.5 professional development program hours. This offer is only available through the Center’s website. Access the link below for more information:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/catalog/multimedia/dualdisorders.html

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FREE DOWNLOAD: SELF-DETERMINATION WORKBOOK

“This is Your Life! Creating Your Self-Directed Life Plan”
developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago National
Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability, is an
easy-to-use workbook that helps people with psychiatric
disabilities think about, choose, plan for, and act on a life
goal, with supports of their own choosing. The workbook has as its foundation both person-centered planning and the “stages of change” model. It guides people in mental health recovery to see that life change is a process, with natural twists and turns along the way. Access the following link to download the workbook for free:
http://www.psych.uic.edu/uicnrtc/self-determination.htm#tools or contact the UIC Center’s resource coordinator by email at <mhsrpweb@psych.uic.edu>, for one free copy. The Center is funded by NIDRR and CMHS.

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PARTICIPATE IN A NAMI WALK

In May 2004, thousands of concerned U.S. citizens in more than 35 communities across the nation will join the “Campaign for the Mind of America” and walk together to raise money and
awareness about the need for a world-class treatment and
recovery system for people with mental illness. For more
information or to find a walk near you, access the following link:
http://www.namiwalks.org/

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ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL STAFF TRAINING

The Professional Development Program at Boston University
offers several Self-Paced Study options that can be used for
individuals or with groups. These alternatives to traditional
staff training include Internet Courses and Online Seminars in
psychiatric rehabilitation, as well as a reading and testing
format using Center Books or the Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Journal. For more information on any of these training
opportunities, access the following link:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/training/pdp/

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