Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast August 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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Web Resource on Homelessness Launched

The Homelessness Resource Center’s website, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, brings together state-of-the-art knowledge and promising practices to prevent and end homelessness among people with mental health and substance use problems and trauma histories. Though the site is expected to be completed next winter, the interim site offers an array of useful information, including a Knowledge Base of over two hundred of the most recent articles, research papers, and resources, categorized and abstracted.

http://homeless.samhsa.gov/About.aspx

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Free Download of Video on Recovery

In the archived webcast entitled, Recovery 202, Judi Chamberlin responds to the question “What is Recovery?”, describing how the concept developed within the consumer/survivor movement, some of the changes which occurred over time. She comments on the consensus statement and ten elements of recovery as published by SAMHSA. In addition, Dr. Marianne Farkas develops the theme of “What is a Recovery Oriented Program?” with some of the essential ingredients, common research themes and key studies illustrating that recovery is possible. She comments on the vision of an integrated system and the important values that would underline such a system. The talk is available as a free download at http://www.bu.edu/cpr/webcast/recovery-202/index.html. For a complete list of archived webcasts available through Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, visit http://www.bu.edu/cpr/webcast/index.html.

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Training in Recovery-Oriented Rehabilitation Processes

New multimedia formats are now available for three training technology packages designed to teach practitioners how to help persons with mental illnesses:

– Make decisions about their goals
– Identify the skills they have and the skills they need, and
– Acquire and use those skills

Developed by Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, each package includes all the materials needed to begin teaching practitioners immediately and effectively in the use of recovery-oriented rehabilitation processes. For a preview, check out sample pages online for: Setting an Overall Rehabilitation Goal; Functional Assessment; and Direct Skills Teaching.

Learn more about all of the training technology packages at http://www.bu.edu/cpr/products/curricula/technology/index.html

or contact Sue McNamara at suemac@bu.edu or 617-358-2574.

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Help Identify Unique Community Integration Efforts

The UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration will be featuring on their website innovative programs/initiatives that help to promote community integration of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Specifically, they’re looking for help in finding programs that: 1) address community barriers; and 2) provide rehabilitative supports. These barriers and supports might be in housing, employment, education, leisure/recreation, social roles, peer support, health and well-being, citizenship, self-determination, and religion/spirituality. Programs and initiatives DO NOT need to be from within mental health organizations. If you represent or know of an organization that has developed and utilized an innovative community integration initiative, please contact Pam Cousounis (pamelac2@mail.med.upenn.edu or at 215-746-1950).

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Science, Service and Recovery Conference to Be Held in Chicago

A national conference on the convergence of science, service and recovery for people with serious mental illness will be held in Chicago October 2-3, 2007. Organized by Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centers, the conference will convene researchers, providers, government leaders, advocates, consumers and family members to discuss topics including evidence-based practices, recovery-oriented psychiatry, consumer-run services and peer support, legal issues, co-occurring disorders, strategies for addressing cultural differences, trauma, health and wellness, and other such topics. For more information, visit http://www.thresholds.org/

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International Meeting Focuses on Building Partnerships

Working Together for Mental Health: Partnerships for Policy and Practice is the theme of the World Psychiatric Association’s International Congress to be held November 28 to December 2, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. This important meeting is expected to contribute significantly to the ongoing development of the science and practice of mental health and to the creation of international networks of people active in this area. The practice of mental health care needs a solid partnership between different mental health professions, consumers, caregivers and various actors in the community. This Congress will offer models and examples of how this partnership can be built up, provided by an impressive line-up of international speakers and opinion leaders. For more information, visit http://www.wpa2007melbourne.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.