Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast November 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.


Updated Internet Courses Focus on Psych Disabilities and Recovery

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is pleased to announce that our PDP Internet Courses have been updated and revised in format to match our new website design.  The Internet Courses were based on the academic specialization courses in psychiatric rehabilitation from Boston University’s Rehabilitation Counseling Program and were modified for online self-paced study by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation to be used for continuing education purposes.  For more information, refer to the following webpage at:
For any questions, contact Sue McNamara at or at (617) 358-2574.  For additional distance learning options, please go to:


New Book on Stories of Recovery

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is pleased to announce the publication of Stories of Recovery: Working Together Towards Experiential Knowledge in Mental Health Care, edited by colleague Wilma Boevink. The book includes accounts by users in receipt of long-term psychiatric care describing how they worked together towards recovery as part of a Recovery Group and how their attention shifted away from illness, symptoms and being a patient, to recovery and the opportunities in their own lives.  The book, published by the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, also explains how to form a Recovery Group. For more information or to order, contact


Dates Announced for International Conference on Rehabilitation and Recovery

The next international conference on psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery hosted by the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation will be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15, 2008 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Rehabilitation and Recovery for All – Innovations in Science and Practice will hold pre-conference institutes on the morning of April 14th with the conference beginning that afternoon and running all day the 15th.  On Monday evening there will be a poster session and a reception at the Hyatt.  The last international conference was attended by 700 individuals representing 22 countries.  For information contact Joan Rapp at


National Resource Center Now Available for Psychiatric Advance Directives

A newly launched online national resource center is now providing comprehensive information on “psychiatric advance directives (PADs), legal documents that people with mental illnesses can create to specify, in advance, their preferred course of treatment if they should experience a mental health crisis. The website provides a state-by-state breakdown of PADs-related statutes and listings of local resources for patients and families, discussion forums, answers to frequently asked questions, testimonials from people who have used PADs, and information on the latest research findings concerning mental health issues. It also includes an audio-visual presentation, organized by topic, to explain the process of creating a PAD. The National Resource Center for Psychiatric Advance Directives (NRC-PAD), developed by psychiatric and legal experts at Duke University Medical Center and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, can be found at


Free Download for Overview Sheets about Co-Occurring Disorders

To better educate states, communities, and behavioral health care providers, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Co-Occurring Center for Excellence recently released the first 3 in a series of 10 overview papers for treatment professionals. The overview papers and technical reports summarize the science base for each topic they address and make recommendations for practice, systems, and State and local laws and regulations that support treatment and prevention systems. These first three overview papers:
–  Definitions and Terms Relating to Co-Occurring Disorders
–  Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Planning for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders
–  Overarching Principles To Address the Needs of Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders
are available as free downloads at