Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast September 2006

The Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast is a monthly emailed newsletter with the purpose of informing mental health and rehabilitation networks worldwide about the activities and resources produced by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as well as for disseminating general mental health and rehabilitation news.



Though registration is full for UPenn Collaborative’s two-day National State of the Knowledge Conference on Increasing Community Integration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, spaces are still available for the Training Day on September 21, 2006. The trainings were selected and developed to provide in-depth information and to develop specific skills and strategies necessary for promoting community integration of individuals with psychiatric disabilities in various life domains. Each training is designed and led by UPENN Collaborative on Community Integration partners, including persons in recovery. Just click on this link to see descriptions of the various trainings available or go straight to the registration page at The Training Day will be in the historic district of Philadelphia, PA.



Registration is currently open for The Alternatives Conference being held this year in Portland, Oregon, October 25-29, 2006. The conference offers in-depth technical assistance on consumer/survivor delivered services and self-help/recovery methods. The Alternatives Conference also offers a forum for mental health consumers and survivors from across the nation to meet, exchange information and ideas. Major topical areas include: advocacy and disability rights; arts, creativity and healing; cultural diversity; knowledge to inform practice, organizing systems for change and self-help alternatives. For hotel reservation info, agenda at a glance, conference highlights, registration form, and information about this year’s host city; Portland, Oregon, download the conference brochure by clicking,



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a new training curriculum, A Roadmap to Seclusion and Restraint Free Mental Health Services for Persons of All Ages, is available as a free download online by clicking,
The curriculum modules discuss specific strategies including self-care approaches, peer-provided services, arts programs, comfort rooms, and other approaches designed to enhance service environments and consumer participation as a means to avoid the use of restraint and seclusion.



The following articles/editorials have been made available as free downloads at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation website.

Ellison, M.A., Russinova, Z, Massaro, J., Lyass, A. (2005). People with Schizophrenia Employed as Professionals and Managers: Initial Evidence and Exploration. Schizophrenia Research, 76(1), 123-125.

Harding, C. M. (2003). Changes in Schizophrenia Over Time. In: Carl I. Cohen, Schizophrenia into Later Life: Treatment, Research, and Policy. American Psychiatric Publishing.

Harding, C. M. (2002). Beautiful Minds Can Be Reclaimed. New York Times, March 10, 2002, Section 4, Page 9, Column 1.

Hutchinson, D. (2000). The journey towards wellness. The Journal of NAMI California, 11, 7-8.

DeSisto, M. J., Harding, C. M., et al. (1995). The Maine and Vermont Three-Decade Studies of Serious Mental Illness: I. Matched Comparison of Cross-Sectional Outcome. British Journal of Psychiatry, 167(3), 331-342.

DeSisto, M., Harding, C. M., et al. (1995). The Maine and Vermont Three-Decade studies of Serious Mental Illness: II. Longitudinal course comparisons. British Journal of Psychiatry, 167(3), 338-342.

See the Center website at for more archived articles.



The Consortium of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Educators (CPRE) is holding a symposium, October 13 – 15, 2006 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. Group topics will include recruitment and marketing for psychosocial rehabilitation education programs; collaboration to develop a resource pool, conference and publication planning, open forums, and more. If you would like more information about CPRE or have any questions about symposium registration, please call to Ev Bussema at 410-789-7675 or email at