Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast October 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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New Class Announced for Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation

The Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation is announcing its 12th class for 2008!  A competency-based training designed specifically for vocational service providers, the Certificate Program will enhance practitioner capacity and knowledge in:
* Rehabilitation Readiness
* Personalized Vocational Assessment
* Achieving Vocational Placements
* Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse Service Recipients
* and more!
The Certificate Program at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University invites applicants who are currently providing vocational services in a variety of settings.  The program involves both in-class training and supported practice in one’s own agency for immediate practical use.  Tools and resources will be provided.  Classes begin June 2, 2008.  For more information, visit the website:  http://www.bu.edu/cpr/training/vocrehab/
or contact the Project Director, Debbie Nicolellis, debbien@bu.edu.

Resources for Veterans and their Families

Brochures, self-help guides, webcasts and other free resources are available at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website for veterans and their families. Dealing with the Effects of Trauma; Helping Children Cope with Fear and Anxiety; and Substance Use, Dependence and Treatment among Veterans are just a few items, along with links to relevant agencies that can be found there. Find more at http://www.samhsa.gov/vets/.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Educators Share Ideas

The Consortium of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Educators (CPRE) will be holding its annual symposium over the weekend of November 2-4, 2007 at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. Group topics will include: evidence-based teaching; cultural competence; conference and publication planning; open forums; and more. If you would like more information about CPRE or have any questions about symposium registration, please call to Ev Bussema at 410-789-7675 or email at ebussema@uspra.org. The Consortium of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Educators seeks to enhance psychiatric rehabilitation education by developing curricula and fieldwork standards, sharing educational resources, providing professional development opportunities for faculty in a newly emerging academic field, and promoting increased dissemination of psychiatric rehabilitation education at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Employment Opportunity for Senior Research Specialist

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University is seeking a Senior Research Specialist to assist in guiding the research efforts for the center as project director of federally, state, and privately funded research projects. For the official job description and instructions for how to submit your vita for consideration, go to http://www.bu.edu/hr and search for tracking code 4210/J097. Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

New Transformation Effort Seeks Input

As part of the planning for this workforce transformation endeavor, the Connecticut Recovery Employment Consultation Service (C-RECS) invites comments and resource information on recruitment and retention of consumer providers in the mental health workforce; and consumer-run entities offering training and consultation on organizational culture change and system transformation. C-RECS, led and guided by people with experience of mental illness, will promote recruitment, training, and retention of persons in recovery from diverse cultural backgrounds for employment at all levels of the mental health workforce and provide organizational consultation and technical assistance as a transformation grant workforce development strategy. Please contact: Jessica Wolf at 203-372-1487 or JWolfDS@att.net. For more information about the grant, go to http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/lib/dmhas/transformationgrant/updatejune007.pdf.

Call for Papers

The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research (JBHS&R) invites manuscripts for publication consideration in all areas of alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health as well as areas such as: Community-Based Participatory Research, Implementation Science: Translation issues in prevention, treatment, & behavioral health services research, Informatics in Behavioral Health Services, and Co-Occurring Disorders. Now in its fourth decade, the JBHS&R is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on the organization, financing, delivery, and outcomes of behavioral health services. Visit http://jbhsr.fmhi.usf.edu/ for more information.

Funding Opportunities for Researchers From The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Potential grant applicants are receiving an early look at 2008 grant opportunities through a funding forecast entitled, Funding Opportunities ‘At a Glance’. Grants fall under various SAMHSA programs, including suicide prevention; screening, brief intervention, referral and treatment (SBIRT) and more. It is important to keep in mind that final grant funding and application information will not be available until SAMHSA receives its FY 2008 appropriation. The chart providing estimated funding, number and size of awards, program description, etc. can be found at http://www.samhsa.gov/Grants/2008/fy2008opps.aspx.

From The National Institute of Health

Prevention of Trauma Related Adjustment and Mental Disorders in High-Risk Occupations (R01) (R34)
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

Health Research with Diverse Populations (R01)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-409.html

Research on Interventions for Child Abuse and Neglect (R01)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-437.html

Basic and Translational Research Opportunities in the Social Neuroscience of Mental Health (R01)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-08-070.html

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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.