Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast October 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.


Second Volume on Recovery Research Now Available!

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is proud to announce the publication of a new book entitled, Recovery from Severe Mental Illnesses: Research Evidence and Implications for Practice, Volume 2.  In two landmark volumes, Davidson, Harding, and Spaniol present over 30 years of accumulating evidence that challenges the long-held view that severe mental illnesses typically follow a deteriorating course.  Volume 2 explores the range of interventions that have been found to promote recovery for people with serious mental illnesses, including psychiatric rehabilitation, community integration, treatment, case management, and advocacy. Volume 2 also addresses the role of family members and other supports, how mental health systems can become recovery-oriented systems of care, and future directions for research and practice.  For more information, go to: /products/books/titles/book-recovery-from-severe-mental-illnesses-volume-1-2

A test is available through the Professional Development Program (PDP) for Recovery from Severe Mental Illnesses: Research Evidence and Implications for Practice, Volume 2.  Successful completion of the test earns 20 PDP hours.  For more information about additional Books + Tests and about ordering online or by mail, go to:


Recovery-Orientation Focus for Fall Psych Rehab Journal

The Fall 2006 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal features an impressive collection of articles and brief reports including: the creation and use of a Recovery Knowledge Inventory for assessing staff knowledge and attitudes about recovery; ACT team members’ responses to training in recovery-oriented practices; and a group intervention to promote healthy self-concepts and guidance for recovery in first episode schizophrenia.  The Education and Training column in this issue features In-Service Training: Making it Stick! View the articles and reports available in this new online issue at


AudioConference Educational Series on Psychiatric Rehabilitation Registering Now!

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is offering three innovative and stimulating AudioConferences for mental health and rehabilitation professionals, education support staff, program administrators, public health policy makers, mental health consumers, and family members. AudioConference presentations provide an efficient and low cost way for individuals or groups to “attend” lectures by leaders in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. All that is needed is a phone for an individual or speakerphone for a group. The lectures are interactive so that audiences may propose questions or comments. Professional Development Program (PDP) hours are available.

Health and Hope: Helping People Live Optimally in Their Communities Through Health  Promotion Services Nov. 8, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST— Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D.

Reclaiming Lives: Evidence for Improvement and Recovery in Schizophrenia
Nov. 15, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST — Courtenay Harding, Ph.D.
Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Philosophical and Evidence Base
Nov. 29, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST  — William A. Anthony, Ph.D.
Find out more about the Fall 2006 AudioConference Educational Series online at or contact Joan Rapp at 617-353-3549 or via email at Register online or by fax, email or phone.


Center to Culturally Adapt Mental Health Instrument

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to culturally adapt an assessment instrument for Spanish-speaking consumers of mental health services. The Center will adapt a previously developed instrument used to measure the ability of mental health practitioners to establish a relationship with the clients they serve and specifically to promote their recovery from mental illness. E. Sally Rogers, Sc.D. and Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D. are Co-Principal Investigators and Maria Restrepo Toro, M.S., is the Project Director.