Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast July 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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Peer Specialist Conference offers Practical Skills

The National Association of Peer Specialists is a private non-profit dedicated to promoting the hiring of peer specialists in mental health systems. “Climbing the Recovery Mountain Together!” will be their first national conference, to be held on August 16-17 in Denver. Designed for peer specialists, workshops will emphasize practical skills and information. It will also be an opportunity for peer specialists from across the country to gather and share experiences. For more information, go to http://www.naops.org/id35.html or contact Steve Harrington at 616-676-9230 or steveh@naops.org.

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Free Download for Guide to Parenting with a Mental Illness

“Parenting with a Mental Illness: Programs and Resources Guide” has been published by the UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration to help the estimated millions of parents in the United States who are living with a mental illness. It is also a comprehensive resource to help parents, providers, and advocates find information about programs in their area. It may be downloaded at the following link: http://ec2-174-129-235-148.compute-1.amazonaws.com/resources/view.php?tool_id=128

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Bazelon Offers Model Policy for Addressing Student Mental Health

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has released a model policy to help colleges and universities develop a non-discriminatory, non-punitive approach to students in crisis because of mental health problems. The document offers a response to serious mental health problems among college and university students and schools’ lack of consensus on what to do when such students are in crisis. It is available as a free download at http://www.bazelon.org/pdf/SupportingStudents.pdf

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Care for People with Co-occurring Disorders

As part of a series on state-of-the-art knowledge about the needs of people with co-occurring disorders, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently introduced two briefs to help treatment professionals, policy makers and others understand and address the needs of people with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. “Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Non-Traditional Service Setting” describes how professionals who work in primary health care; public safety and criminal justice; and social service settings can identify and respond effectively to people with co-occurring disorders. Available as a free download at http://ncadistore.samhsa.gov/catalog/productDetails.aspx?ProductID=17655. “Understanding Evidence-Based Practices for Co-Occurring Disorders” provides an overview of evidence-based practices and their use in treating people with co-occurring disorders. Available as a free download at http://ncadistore.samhsa.gov/catalog/productDetails.aspx?ProductID=17656.

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Early Bird Registration ends July 15 for European Conference

The European Network for Mental Health Promotion and Mental Disorder Prevention (IMHPA) and the Department of Health of Catalonia has announced their forthcoming conference “Joining Forces Across Europe for Prevention and Promotion in Mental Health”, taking place in Barcelona from 13th-15th September, 2007. Building on the mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention components of the World Health Organization Declaration and Action Plan for Mental Health, the conference will include the areas:

  • Evidence to practice for policies and programs,
  • Implementation,
  • Financing,
  • Building capacity and training.

The conference will be action-oriented and highly participatory and aims to share examples, barriers and opportunities encountered throughout Europe in implementing prevention and promoting action for mental health. For further details, please visit the website at www.imhpa.net/conference

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Upcoming Presentations by Center Staff

Staff at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University are nationally and internationally recognized for their work in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation. In an effort to let people know when and where they will be speaking, we are pleased to announce that the following staff are presenting during the month of July:

Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D., L.R.C. will be presenting, “Aligning with the Vision of Recovery: Principles, Practices and Perils,” at the Association of Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare (AABH) 39th Annual Training Conference entitled, “Roots in Recovery: Promoting Empowerment in PHP and IOP” on July 30, 2007 in Cambridge, MA. For more information, visit http://www.aabh.org.

Annette Krochmalik, Ph.D. will be presenting “The Development of a New Application of CBT for Anxiety in University Students with Serious Mental Illnesses,” on July 14, 2007 at the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Barcelona, Spain.

For more information, visit http://www.wcbct2007.com

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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.