Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
April, 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.


The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University is conducting a brief anonymous survey about the stigma and discrimination people in recovery encounter in everyday life situations and about the ways they deal with such negative experiences. Findings from this survey will inform the development of a new intervention intended to foster the competence of people in recovery to cope with stigma and discrimination. If you are interested in contributing to this study, please complete a brief anonymous internet survey and/or let others know about this study. To find out more about the survey and to participate, visit the following link:


The Consumer Organization & Networking Technical Assistance Center (CONTAC) is hosting the “Providing Trauma-Informed Peer Support: Peer Programs to Peer Specialists” conference on April 28-May 1, 2005 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, West Virginia. Trauma informed peer support offers an alternative to a medical framework and starts from the perspective that people see, hear, feel, know and act based on their lived experience. Come learn about different peer support and peer specialist initiatives and be part of a dialogue to make all peer initiatives more trauma informed. For more information contact Linda Edwards by email at <> or by phone at 1-888-825-8324.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will host an interactive satellite videoconference/webcast on self-direction for people with mental illnesses on May 25, 2005 at 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT). The webcast “Self-Direction in Mental Health: from Ideas to Action” will provide information on funding strategies and
how to implement these approaches at state and local levels. This broadcast is intended for mental health consumers, state and local mental health and Medicaid planner and program
officials, providers, family members, managed care organizations, and advocates. To connect to the webcast use the following link:
To establish a satellite connection contact Jackie Golden by phone at 301-589-4020 x211, or by email at <>


The Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery is sponsoring the “Northeast WRAP Conference” to be held on July 19-21, 2005 at the UMass Conference Center in Amherst, MA. Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a self-management and recovery system developed by a group of people who had mental health difficulties and who were struggling to incorporate wellness tools and strategies into their lives. WRAP is designed to: Decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors, Increase personal empowerment, Improve quality of life, and Assist people in achieving their own life goals and dreams. Attend this conference and learn how to develop or update your own WRAP, discover and explore wellness tools, use WRAP for special situations and needs, and implement WRAP programs. For more information call 1-866-436-9727 or access the following link:

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