Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast November 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.


Conference on Recovery Announces Presenters

Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has recently posted its list of speakers and presentation topics for the national psychiatric rehabilitation conference, “From Innovations to Practice: The Challenge and Promise of Recovery for All”. The keynote speakers are Center Director, William A. Anthony, Ph.D. and Patricia Deegan, Ph.D., author, researcher and consumer/advocate.

The conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge, MA, April 14 & 15, 2008 will highlight efforts and practices directed at making recovery a real possibility for the broadest group of individuals with psychiatric disabilities and to promote the mainstreaming of those practices into “everyday operations”.

Attendees will include managers, administrators, supervisors and other chief decision makers in the behavioral health field as well as professionals, clinicians, consumers, families, researchers and educators. View the complete program at or download an easy-to-print version of the entire program at


Resources for Spanish-Speaking Clients

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment has developed a new fotonovela in Spanish for the Hispanic community about finding the motivation to change. This Spanish-language publication uses photographs with captions (a fotonovela format) to help the reader recognize the dangers people face when they have a substance use disorder and the devastating consequences that can result at personal, family, and community levels. The fotonovela can be downloaded directly as a file at or can be ordered in hard copy at Many other Spanish-language resources from SAMHSA can be found at


Fall Issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Online Now Available

Don’t miss the latest issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal for state-of-the art information related to rehabilitation and recovery. This issue features a broad selection of article topics including the theoretical underpinnings, training content and initial training data of a workforce development program for Recovery Support Specialists, a qualitative study examining the meaning of higher education for people living with psychiatric disabilities and measuring a recovery orientation in a hospital setting. View the complete list of articles available in this issue at /prj. An archive of article titles is also available online at


Survivors of Suicide Loss Have New Opportunity for Support

On Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will sponsor its ninth annual National Survivors of Suicide Day, reaching out to tens of thousands of people who have lost a loved one to suicide. The day of conferences will connect survivors through a satellite and Internet broadcast, allowing survivors to share their experiences of loss.  All local conferences will join in the broadcast (1-2:30 p.m. EST), which will offer emotional support to survivors of suicide loss and information about resources for healing. The broadcast will feature a panel of experienced survivors and mental health professionals.

For those survivors of suicide loss who don’t live near a conference site or who find it difficult to attend in person, the 90-minute program will also be broadcast on the AFSP website from 1-2:30 p.m. eastern time, with a live online chat immediately following the broadcast. Find out more at the AFSP website at


Training on Supporting Parents with Mental Illness

On December 6, 2007, the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA), and the UPenn Collaborative will host an innovative web conference on supporting parents with a mental illness.

By participating in this innovative teleconference you will be equipped to:

• Identify custody problems that parents with mental illnesses face

• Recognize how to address barriers through advocacy

• Equip yourself with three tools to provide supports to parents with mental illnesses

– “Baby Steps” that can be implemented immediately at your agency

– Educational materials available on addressing barriers and providing supports to parents

– Information on key components of model parenting programs

The web conference will be conducted 3:00-4:30 pm EST.

To find out more about this training opportunity, visit the UPenn website at


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.