Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
March, 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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ONLY 4 WEEKS LEFT TO REGISTER FOR SPRING WORKSHOPS

Don’t miss your chance to register for the Spring Workshop Series held at Boston University April 11-14, 2005. Workshop topics include values based practice, families, resilience, and professional and consumer organizations. Registration deadline is April 6, 2005. For information on all of the workshops, access the following link:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/workshops/

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NEW SELF-DETERMINATION TOOL FOR FREE DOWNLOAD

Express Yourself! is a new self-determination tool from the UIC National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability. Users can pinpoint areas of their lives (such as money or relationships) where they’d like to have more control and decision-making power, and then learn how to get started by using action-planning and web-based resources. Areas covered in this self-assessment include finances, housing, transportation, employment, community integration, medical treatment, and mental health care. Download this tool by visiting:http://www.psych.uic.edu/uicnrtc/selfdetermination.htm#tools or obtain a copy by contacting the Center. It is especially useful when paired with “This is Your Life!” – the Center’s person centered-planning guide (also available at the link above). The Center is funded by NIDRR and CMHS.

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LAST CHANCE TO APPLY TO CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN PSYCHIATRIC VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

Only 4 more weeks to apply! There are still 6 seats left in the 2005-2006 class. The Certificate Program is designed to accommodate the long-distance learner, offering two 1-week training sessions in Boston and individualized technical assistance and support throughout the year. Program modules include Readiness for rehabilitation, Achieving vocational placements, Meeting the needs of culturally diverse service recipients, and much more. See historic Boston in the Spring and Fall, while learning crucial skills. Application deadline is April 1, 2005. Apply today by downloading an application at: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/training/vocrehab/
or by emailing the Director, Debbie Nicolellis, at
debbien@bu.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

Two 2-year postdoctoral research training fellowships in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery from serious mental illness are available starting May 2005. The fellowship is sponsored by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. Fellows will be expected to gain competency in the following areas: Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery, Research Design and Methodology, Statistics, Applied Research, Computer Literacy, and Professional and Grant Writing. A stipend and tuition for coursework are available. Four day per week commitment with partial presence at Boston University is required. Applicants are expected to possess a doctorate in a clinical or related field. These fellowships are made available through a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Application deadline is April 11, 2005.
For more information, please contact co-principal investigators of this project, Dr. Marsha Ellison or Dr. Zlatka Russinova, at 617-353-3549 or e-mail ellison2@bu.edu and zlatka@bu.edu.

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CALL FOR PAPERS ON SPIRITUALITY AND RECOVERY FROM SERIOUS
MENTAL ILLNESS

The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal is seeking contributions to a Special Issue on Spirituality and Recovery from Serious Mental Illness to be published in 2006. Manuscript submissions for this issue should present empirical findings about the role of spirituality in the process of recovery as well as the effectiveness of interventions and/or programs enhancing the spirituality of people in recovery. The Editor is also interested in conceptual/review contributions to this topic and descriptions of innovative programs. Individuals interested in contributing to this special issue should submit a 200 word abstract of their intended contribution by April 15, 2005. After a selection process, contributors will be notified and manuscripts are due by June 30, 2005. Contributions presenting theoretical issues and empirical data can be submitted as either a regular paper or a brief report. Contributions describing innovative programs fostering spirituality without outcome data can be presented only as brief reports that include the conceptual underpinnings of the presented program. Abstracts should be submitted to the attention of Kathleen Furlong-Norman, Managing Editor via email at psyrehab@bu.edu.

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