Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast June 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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Consumer-Driven Services Directory Welcomes Applications

The Directory of Consumer-Driven Services (CDS) is a project of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. The purpose of the Directory is to provide consumers, researchers, administrators, service providers, and others with a comprehensive central resource for information on national and local consumer-driven programs. Such programs have a proven track record in helping people recover from mental illnesses. The CDS Directory highlights the vital role consumer-driven programs play in the continuum of care and allows programs to share their successful innovations with others. The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible at www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele; and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers.

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Free Teleconference Training on Improving Provider Attitudes

Register now for the June 20, 2007 teleconference “Improving Provider Attitudes, Behaviors and Practices toward People with Mental Illness” conducted by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma (ADS Center). This 90-minute teleconference will:

* Explore the sources of stigma generated by providers and the importance of modifying these attitudes to improve treatment outcomes.

* Provide an overview of successful activities that have been conducted to improve cooperation between providers and their patients.

* Discuss tools for creating an environment that fosters the development of meaningful and effective consumer/provider relationships.

Register online at the SAMHSA ADS Center web site. http://www.stopstigma.samhsa.gov/teleconferences.htm

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Executive Seminar on System Transformation

The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Executive Seminar on System Transformation, “Innovations in Fostering Person-Centered Recovery: Meeting the Challenge in the Era of Transformation” on June 21-22, 2007 in Albany, NY. The program brings some of the nation’s leading transformation specialists together in a program specially designed for administrators and middle managers of progressive community mental health agencies and programs. To download the program and registration forms, go to http://www.nyaprs.org

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Conference Focuses on Brighter Futures for Persons Living with Schizophrenia

The World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders, The Schizophrenia Society of Canada and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario presents The 2007 International Conference “Lighting the Path: Hope in Action” on Sept. 27-30, 2007 in Toronto, Canada. The extensive 3-day program focuses on delivering a brighter future for those living with schizophrenia; promoting research and better treatment solutions, and the action needed to end discrimination. To learn more about the conference and to register visit their website http://conference.world-schizophrenia.org/

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Funding Opportunities for Researchers from National Institute of Health

Prevention of Trauma Related Adjustment and Mental Disorders in High-Risk Occupations
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-08-010.html
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-08-011.html

Basic and Translational Research Opportunities in the Social Neuroscience of Mental Health
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-389.html

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-07-379.html
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-07-380.html

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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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This eCast is jointly supported by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Department of Education.