Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
February, 2005

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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SPRING WORKSHOP SERIES AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
April 11-14, 2005

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WORKSHOP: “Values Based Practice or Evidence Based Practice? Implementing Both”

This workshop will describe the concepts behind evidence and values based practices, program dimensions necessary to incorporate values based practices, and finally strategies for implementing both. The workshop will end with time allocated for application issues relevant to your individual program. Presenters include Marianne Farkas & William Anthony.

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WORKSHOP: “What Professionals Need to Know About Families”

This workshop presents a training curriculum developed by the Massachusetts NAMI/Department of Mental Health Curriculum, Training, and Practice Consortium that is designed to help professionals better understand the experience of families and the role of family members in rehabilitation and recovery. Special emphasis is placed on how to work collaboratively with family members to meet their particular needs and enhance their coping skills. Presenters include LeRoy Spaniol, Leslee Rudnick, and Sylvia Gilman. Access the following link for more information on this workshop:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/workshops/spring2005/families.html

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WORKSHOP: “The Many Faces of Resilience”

This workshop will discuss concepts of resilience and how such ideas may change the understanding of human responses to life’s serious challenges. Participants will work together to create a new model for resilience from many different angles. This workshop will re-energize you for the work to help reclaim lives and provide very specific new knowledge and hands-on strategies to accomplish this goal. Presenters include Courtenay Harding, Alexandra Bowers, Thomas Dukes, Zlatka Russinova, and David Webster. Access the following link for more information on this workshop:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/workshops/spring2005/resilience.html

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WORKSHOP: “Professionals and Consumer Organizations: Friends
or Foes? Practical Steps to Develop Meaningful Partnerships”

This workshop will attempt to break through the barriers of mutual misunderstanding between mental health professionals and consumer organizations and to develop frameworks through which professionals and consumers can interact to their mutual benefit. Presenters include Judi Chamberlin and Victoria K. Palmer-Erbs.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL OF THE WORKSHOPS AND TO REGISTER, access the following link:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/workshops/

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FREE ARTICLE: EVALUATING CULTURAL COMPETENCE AMONG BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Published in the Winter 2005 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal and authored by Victoria Stanhope, Phyllis Solomon, Anita Pernell-Arnold, Roberta Sands and Joretha Bourjolly, “Evaluating Cultural Competence Among Behavioral Health Professionals” discusses the philosophical and practical issues related to measuring cultural competence, based on the evaluation of statewide trainings for behavioral health professionals. For a free download of this article, access the following link:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/prj/winter2005/stanhope-etal.html

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SAMHSA NOTICES OF GRANT FUNDING & REQUESTS FOR APPLICATIONS NO LONGER PUBLISHED IN FEDERAL REGISTER

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a change in its practice of publishing Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) and Requests for applications (RFAs) in the Federal Register. Effective January 3, 2005, SAMHSA will only post NOFAs and RFAs on the SAMHSA website at <http://www.samhsa.gov> and at <http://www.Grants.gov>. Single source or limited competition announcements will continue to be published in the Federal Register. Copies of grant fund application materials will continue to be available from SAMHSA’s clearinghouses: the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 1-800-729-6686, and the National Mental Health Information Center at 1-800-789-2647.

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