Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast April 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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Call for Posters at
International Conference

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University is pleased to announce an invitation to submit abstracts for poster sessions at the upcoming conference, From Innovations to Practice: The Promise and Challenge of Achieving Recovery for All.   The conference, to be held April 14 and 15, 2008 in Cambridge, Massachusetts will address a number of topical areas through pre-conference institutes, workshops, and panels. Topic examples include:

  • Moving Systems Forward (leadership, systems transformation , changing the landscape, no force first);
  • Moving Programs Forward (growing consumer advocacy, integrated health and wellness, evidence-based and value-based services; culturally competent services);
  • Reaching Across Diverse Communities (culture in the recovery journey, consumer studies involving cultural diversity, culture influencing recovery, reaching out to marginalized groups), and
  • Reaching Across the Workforce and Other Stakeholders (consumer-driven training, workforce transformation, diversity within the workforce, recruiting, training, and retaining staff, combating stigma)

For details on poster submissions and the conference, visit the website at http://www.bu.edu/cpr/conference/

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Web Training Sessions on
Accommodation and Compliance

The Job Accommodation Network ‘s 2007 Accommodation and Compliance Web Training Series provides a convenient opportunity for human resource managers and other professionals to discover ways to enhance an organization’s ability to improve its personnel infrastructure and accommodate and employ people with disabilities. On May 8, Kimberly Bisset, Ed.D., Employment and training Manager at Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, will be presenting Employing and Accommodating Individuals with Psychiatric Impairments (http://www.jan.wvu.edu/teleconf/Events/2007/5-8-07_Psychiatric_Impairments.htm) in conjunction with Kendra Duckworth, JAN Consultant. The fee for the Webcast is $30.00 per Internet connection . CEUs are available. For a complete list of sessions go to http://www.jan.wvu.edu/teleconf or e-mail questions to training@jan.wvu.edu

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Free Online Tools for Workforce Development
Two online resources now available by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) help mental health and substance abuse professionals to organize and strengthen efforts around workforce development.

  • An Action Plan for Behavioral Health Workforce Development articulates specific, actionable objectives to assist the Nation in transforming the behavioral health service delivery systems.
  • Strengthening Professional Identity: Challenges of the Addictions Treatment Workforce addresses issues of recruitment, retention and staff development and provides recommendations for improving management, recruitment, education and accreditation, retention, and workforce infrastructure.

Both are available online at http://www.samhsa.gov/matrix2/matrix_workforce.aspx.

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Peer-run Programs Invited to Apply

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, with funding and technical assistance from the National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability at the University of Illinois at Chicago and in association with the UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration, is seeking consumer-operated services programs (COSPs) that are interested in augmenting their internal evaluation and program planning capacity. Peer-run programs in operation longer than two years are invited to apply for no/low-cost training and consultation in conducting program evaluations to aid in the development of evidence-based practices. For more information contact Debbie Plotnick at dplotnick@mhasp.org.


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Spirituality and Recovery Focus for Spring Issue

This special issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal marks a new milestone in documenting the growing efforts of mental health practitioners, researchers, advocates and clergy in recognizing the healing power of religion and spirituality in recovery. Examine the various meanings that consumers attribute to the concepts of religion and spirituality in their recovery; develop an understanding of consumer and mental health and religious professionals perspectives on the role of spirituality and religion in recovery; learn about how the integration of religion and spirituality in mental health recovery poses both promise and challenges; and more in this issue online at http://prj.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=issue&eissn=1559-3126&volume=30&issue=4