Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast March 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.


Early Bird Discounts End March 8

This month’s seminar series, The Challenge of Promoting Health in Persons with Serious Mental Illness, is the first joint event between the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University and the Boston University School of Medicine.  The Seminar Series is to be held in Cambridge, MA, March 28-31, 2007.  This series addresses the serious concerns we all have for major health problems of persons with psychiatric disabilities.

Joining the Center and School of Medicine will also be BU Sargent College, BU School of Public Health, BayRidge Hospital,(another co-sponsor), Assumption College, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, University of Kansas, SAMHSA, community mental health and rehabilitation providers, Massachusetts General Hospital, state agencies, consumers and consumer/providers. All are welcome.

Special discount rates for the seminar series and the Hyatt Hotel rooms will apply only until March 8th.


Curriculum on Seclusion and Restraint Roadmap Available as Free Download Reduction of seclusion and restraint is a priority for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).  In support of the more rigorous training needed to ensure the appropriateness of care to protect patients’ rights, SAMHSA has made available the training curriculum “Roadmap to Seclusion and Restraint Free Mental Health Services”. The Roadmap provides the latest information on prevention strategies and alternative approaches. Download the curriculum at or order the CD (SMA 06-4055) by calling 800-789-2647.


Online Seminars Offer Continuing Education in Psych Rehab

The Professional Development Program at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is pleased to announce that our PDP Online Seminars in the skills of psychiatric rehabilitation have been updated and revised in format to match our new website design.  This series is designed to help participants acquire the technical skills and the interpersonal skills related to the psychiatric rehabilitation process, and can be an alternative or supplement to face-to-face training.  The Online Seminars included in this series are:

  • Assessing Readiness—for determining a person’s readiness to participate in the process
  • Developing Readiness—for increasing a person’s readiness to participate in the process
  • Choosing Valued Roles—for setting rehabilitation goals
  • Achieving Valued Roles—for assessing skills and developing skills

For more information, refer to the following webpage at:
For any questions, please contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at or by phone at (617) 358-2574.  For additional distance learning options, please go to: /develop/distance-learning


Articles Highlight Transformation, Recovery and Rehabilitation

The following is a selection of articles authored by Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation staff during 2006.

Evaluation of a combined supported education and employment computer training program for persons with psychiatric disabilities.  Hutchinson, D., Anthony, W.A., Massaro, J., & Rogers, E. S.

Differentiating a Bad Day from a Crisis.
Anthony, W.A., Ashcraft, L.

How Recovery Happens.
Anthony, W., Ashcraft, L.

Factoring in Structure.
Anthony, W., Ashcraft, L. Transformation Can Happen Anywhere. Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W., Zeeb, M.

Crisis Services in the Living Room.
Anthony, W., Ashcraft, L.

Empowering and demedicalized case management practices: Perspectives of mental health consumer leaders and professionals.
Ellison, M.L. and Dunn E.

The personal and vocational impact of training and employing people with psychiatric disabilities as providers.
Hutchinson, D. S., Anthony, W., Ashcraft, L., Johnson, G., Dunn, E., Lyass, A., & Rogers, E. S.

A Randomized Clinical Trial of Vocational Rehabilitation for People with Psychiatric Disabilities.
Rogers, E., Anthony, W., Lyass, A. & Penk, W.E.

The Choose-Get-Keep Approach to Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Rogers, E., Anthony, W., & Farkas, M.
The Role of Recovery Education.
Hutchinson, D., Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W.

Moving Recovery into the Classroom
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W., Dayan, E.

Tools for Transforming Language.
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W.

Let People Make Their Own Decisions
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W.

A Treatment Planning Reality Check.
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W.

From Consumer to Caregiver
Anthony, W., Ashcraft, L., (2006)

A framework for health promotion services for people with psychiatric disabilities.
Hutchinson, D.S., Gagne, C., Bowers, A., Russinova, Z., Skrinar, G.S., & Anthony, W.A.

These articles are currently being processed for copyright permissions to post to the Center website. Free downloads will be announced via this monthly eCast as they become available. At present, these articles are linked to publisher’s web sites where they are available for purchase. Articles already available  /resources/articles