Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast December 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.


Series Addresses Integration of Health, Mental Health and Rehabilitation

Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry are partnering together in conjunction with Bayridge Hospital for a series of seminars to be held March 28-March 31, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge, MA.

Presenters at the seminar series THE CHALLENGE OF PROMOTING HEALTH IN PERSONS WITH SERIOUS AND PERSISTENT MENTAL ILLNESS: FROM SCIENCE TO SERVICE include a wide spectrum of individuals from a cross section of disciplines: from universities, state mental health and rehabilitation agencies, community providers and consumers. All sessions offer Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for physicians. Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, & Psychology credits are being applied for. Professional Development Program certificates are available for Social Work, Rehab Counseling and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Watch for details in upcoming announcements.


Free Teleconference Training Calls on Stigma and Discrimination

Each year, approximately six training teleconferences that are free of charge and open to the general public, are sponsored by the SAMHSA Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma (ADS Center), a project of the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These educational events are designed to help participants enhance mental health consumer independence and community participation by relating the most up-to-date research and information about stigma and stigma-reduction programs within the United States and beyond. Training playback is free to general public. Find out more at or call the ADS Center
at 1-800-540-0320.


New Class announced for Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation

The Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation
is announcing its 11th class for 2007!  A competency-based training
designed specifically for vocational service providers, the Certificate
Program will enhance practitioner capacity and knowledge in:
* Rehabilitation Readiness
* Personalized Vocational Assessment
* Achieving Vocational Placements
* Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse Service Recipients
* and more!
The Certificate Program at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
at Boston University invites applicants who are currently providing
vocational services in a variety of settings.  The program involves
both in-class training and supported practice in one’s own agency
for immediate practical use.  Tools and resources will be provided.
Classes begin May 4, 2007.
For more information, visit the website:
or contact the Project Director, Debbie Nicolellis,


Mental Health Consumers/Survivors Create National Coalition

Mental health consumer/survivors have formed a national coalition to ensure that they play a major role in the development and implementation of health and mental health care and social policies at the state and national levels. For additional information, visit or send email to  or call Lauren Spiro at 978-590-2014.


Employment Opportunity for Senior Research Specialist

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University is seeking a Senior Research Specialist to assist in guiding the research efforts for the center as project director of federally, state, and privately funded research projects. For the official job description and instructions for how to submit your vita for consideration, go to and search for tracking code 3452/K076. Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.