Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast February 2007

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.

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National Conference on Supported Education

Supported Education provides preparation, assistance and support to individuals with a psychiatric disability who wish to pursue post-secondary education or training, following a psychiatric rehabilitation model. Now practiced worldwide, Supported Education promises to be a significant tool for recovery from serious mental illness. During this exciting two-day conference, Supported Education luminaries share cutting-edge research in the field.

The Third National Supported Education Conference, presented by The Thresholds Research and Training Center and co-sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of USPRA, will be held March 29-30, 2007 in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency, McCormick Place.
or to register, please call Thresholds Research and Training Center at 773-572-5253 or e-mail: nharding@thresholds.org.

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Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation Starting Soon
Applications are being considered as they arrive, so don’t wait! Register now for the Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation starting in May. The Certificate Program enhances practitioner capacity and knowledge in:
* Rehabilitation Readiness
* Personalized Vocational Assessment
* Achieving Vocational Placements
* Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse Service Recipients
For information, or to access an application packet online, please go to:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/training/vocrehab/ . Debbie Nicolellis, Project Director is available at debbien@bu.edu or by phone at 617-353-3549.

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New Adaptation of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) for Veterans
After months of collaboration with veterans and people in the military, a special WRAP book has been developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, Ed Anthes and Walter Hudson to meet the special needs of people who are, or have served our country in the military. This new adaptation of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan is designed to help people in the process of recovery, of getting well and staying well, and of assisting them in becoming who they want to be and making their life the way they want it.  It will also be helpful to people in adapting to any challenges they have in their life like chronic illness, serious disability, being on active duty or dealing with extreme loss or grief.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan for Veterans and People in the Military is available for $6.00 per copy through the Mental Health Recovery website at www.mentalhealthrecovery.com, phone 802-425-3660 fax: 802-425-5580 or email books@mentalhealthrecovery.com.

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Assessing and Addressing Trauma and PTSD
within Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Presented by the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association on March 14, 2007 from 3:00-4:30 pm EST, this audio/web conference will focus on assessing and addressing trauma among people in psychiatric rehabilitation programs, and will provide strategies for working with survivors of trauma and PTSD to facilitate healing. Service providers, supervisors and administrators, people in recovery, family members/supporters of people in recovery, researchers, students, policy makers will:
* Learn about rates of traumatic abuse among people with and without mental illnesses
* Gain knowledge about the physical and emotional impact of abuse
* Identify key points to consider for trauma assessment at the programmatic and individual levels
* Gain recognition of trauma triggers in PSR programs
* Prepare to offer trauma-informed services and support service providers
* Learn about group work and community resources for trauma survivors