Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
December, 2004

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. The development and dissemination of 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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FREE VIDEO ON BUILDING A MEANINGFUL LIFE AFTER HOSPITALIZATION

A new video “Inside Outside: Building a Meaningful Life After the Hospital” is a work of hope created by ex-patient film-makers Pat Deegan and Terry Strecker. The film depicts the lives of eight people with very significant histories of institutionalization, as they transition from nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals into the community. In the spirit of the President’s New Freedom Initiative and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead Decision, the film carriers the message that recovery and life in the community are possibilities even for people who are viewed as the most impaired. Patricia Deegan presents an introduction to the film that provides the viewer with helpful information to engage in group discussions about topics related to recovery and community integration. This film is made available by the Center for Mental Health Services under contract with AFYA, Inc. and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. To order this video free of charge, visit the following website to download an order form:
http://www.olmsteadcommunity.org/

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CENTER RECEIVES RESEARCH AND TRAINING CENTER GRANT

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is pleased to announce the renewal of our five-year Rehabilitation Research and Training Center grant. This grant entitled “Recovery and Recovery–Oriented Psychiatric Rehabilitation for Persons with Long-Term Mental Illness,” is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services.
To learn more about specific RESEARCH projects click here:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/research/current/rtc2009/
To learn more about specific TRAINING projects click here:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/training/rtc2009/

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RECOVERY STUDY SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR ANONYMOUS INTERNET SURVEY

The Center is currently seeking participants for the study entitled “Professional Practices that Promote Recovery: Development of a New Instrument.” This anonymous Internet survey tests a new instrument that assesses the relationships people in recovery have with mental health and rehabilitation providers. Mental health consumers who have experienced a disabling psychiatric condition and who CURRENTLY receive mental health or rehabilitation services are invited to participate in this study. Participation in this study will contribute to improving the services offered to people with psychiatric conditions. Please let others know about this study. The results of the study will be posted on the Center’s website once analysis is completed. For more information and to participate in the survey, access the following link:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/rprs/

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COLLOQUIUM ON HEALTH PROMOTION WEBCAST AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

“Colloquium on Health Promotion for People with Psychiatric Disabilities,” a webcast conducted by morning presenters Dr. Ken Duckworth, Medical Director for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Ms. Kathryn Power, Director of the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s, and Dr. Richard Surles, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Director of Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc. is now available for download. The focus of the colloquium was to gain an understanding of the critical health needs of people living with psychiatric disabilities and to stimulate dialogue to discover effective ways to address these needs. These presentations discuss the prevalence, significance, and implications of health disparities for people with serious mental illness. To view the archived webcast, click on the following link: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/webcast/colloquium.html

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FREE ARTICLE DISCUSSES STUDY RESULTS ON COPING STRATEGIES

Authored by David Roe, Miriam Chopra and Abraham Rudnick and published in the Fall 2004 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, “Persons with Psychosis as Active Agents Interacting with their Disorder” discusses a study that focuses on the various strategies employed by individuals coping with psychiatric disorders. Study results revealed a number of common coping strategies employed by individuals with a mental illness. Implications of the results are discussed for further research and for developing more effective treatment interventions for people with psychiatric disorders. For a free download of this article, access the following link:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/prj/Fall2004/roe-etal.html

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