Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast January 2008

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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Online “Clubhouse” is Unique, New Opportunity
for Support and Hope

On December 3, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) launched FacingUs.org, a unique website with innovative and interactive features that will enable those living with depression and bipolar disorder to create their own personal wellness tools to aid them on their road to recovery. Users are be able to create customized personal journals, wellness plans and wellness books that can be printed with artistic covers; or they can visit the Media Room and listen to audio files of guided meditation or view yoga video. The site is designed to be a “clubhouse,” an online community that provides inspiration and encouragement to others and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All the resources plus a personal touch, at https://www.facingus.org/

Last Chance for Early Bird Discount on Conference

An outstanding collection of leaders from the US and around the globe will be presenting at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation’s State-of-the-Science Conference, “From Innovations to Practice: The Promise and Challenge of Recovery for All”, held April 14 & 15, 2008 in Cambridge, MA. Find innovative and effective ways to move systems, programs and practices toward a recovery-orientation. Each track explores the challenges facing the field, such as “Moving Systems Forward”, including a pre-conference institute, “Shifting to a Rehabilitation and Recovery Paradigm: Facilitating Change” and presentations such as:

  • Fostering Leadership in the Transformation of Systems: Perspectives on Directing Innovations
  • Moving the System: Sustaining the Change Process Moving Towards a Recovery Orientation
  • No Force First: A Comprehensive Approach to Eliminating Coercion
  • Global Perspectives on Rehabilitation and Recovery
  • Working as Peers: The Pearls and Perils of Shared Responsibility for Mental Health Programs
  • Effective Leadership in Consumer Advocacy Networks

Learn more about the depth of offerings each track provides and the 90+ presenters, all on the Conference website at http://www.bu.edu/cpr/conference/presentations/. And sign up by Feb 8 to receive the early bird discount!

Toward a Vision of Recovery:
Book and Companion Video

The multimedia product “Toward a Vision of Recovery” includes a 30-minute presentation on DVD entitled, “On the Road to Recovery” by William Anthony, produced by the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill; and an expanded, second edition of the companion book including six articles on recovery by William Anthony. Learn what a recovery vision is and why it is needed. This combination of readings and presentation also makes an excellent pre-service and in-service vehicle for initiating group discussion about the implications of a recovery vision for service providers, researchers, administrators, families, and most importantly, consumers/survivors. For more information or to read an excerpt from the book, go to /products/multimedia/multimedia-toward-a-vision-of-recovery. For any questions, please contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at suemac@bu.edu or by phone at (617) 358-2574.

Free Webcast on the Evidence Base
for Consumer-Driven Services

The National Research and Training Center (NRTC) of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has made available a video of presentations delivered by national experts Judith Cook, Jean Campbell and Lisa Razzano, exploring the evidence base for consumer-operated, delivered, and centered services, where people in recovery control the kinds of help they get, from whom, and in what settings. An evidence grading pyramid is presented along with specific levels of evidence for models such as recovery self-management, drop-in centers, advance directives, and self-directed care. A special focus is on the results of the national multi-site research study of consumer-operated service programs (COSP), directed by people in recovery, and funded by CMHS. View the webcast and download slide presentations and transcripts at http://www.psych.uic.edu/uicnrtc/webcast1.htm.

Articles Highlight Recovery and Rehabilitation

The following is a selection of articles authored by Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation staff during 2007.

Giving Psychiatric Rehabilitation its Due. Anthony, W.

Let’s Talk About Solutions
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W., St. George, L.

A weekly dose of recovery information
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W.

Reinventing Performance Evaluations
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W.

Turn Evaluations into Mentoring Sessions
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W.

The Value of Peer Employees
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W.

Parent Partners’ Possibilities
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W., Dayan, E.

Training Veterans in Recovery
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W., Martin, C.

Recovery Blows in on the Winds of Change
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W., Martin, C.

Data Collection with Recovery in Mind
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W.

Our Workforce’s Biggest Secret
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W.

Adding Peers to the Workforce
Ashcraft, L., Anthony, W.

The vision of recovery today: What it is and what it means for services.
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1899132
Farkas, M.

Bridging science to service:  The rehabilitation research and training center program.
http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/jour/07/44/6/farkas.html
Farkas, M., & Anthony, W. A.

Psychosocial rehabilitation: Approach of Choice for those with Serious Mental Illnesses
http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/jour/07/44/6/pagevii.html
Farkas, M., Jansen, M., Penk, W. E.

Evaluation of a combined supported education and employment computer training program for persons with psychiatric disabilities.
Hutchinson, D., Anthony, W. A., Massaro, J., & Rogers, E. S.

Mental illness in an era of change. 
Pavalko, E.K., Harding, C.M., Pescosolido, B.A.

Training program aims to recruit Latino Providers, Peer Specialist. Restrepo-Toro, M.E.

Peer Run Learn Skills to conduct Program Evaluation.
http://www.disabilityempowerment.org/downloads/TCB31_2007.pdf
Restrepo-Toro, M.E. and Delman, D.

The effects of participation in adjunctive consumer-operated programs on both personal and organizationally mediated empowerment: Results of a multi-site study.
http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/jour/07/44/6/rogers.html
Rogers, E. S., Teague, G.B., Lichtenstein, C., Campbell, J., Lyass, A. Chen, R., & Banks, S.

Supported spirituality:  A new frontier in the recovery-oriented mental health system. Russinova, Z. & Blanch, A.

Patterns of employment among individuals with mental illness in vocational recovery. Russinova, Z., Bloch, P.P., & Lyass, A.

Personal perspectives about the meaning of religion and spirituality among persons with serious mental illnesses. Russinova, Z., & Cash, D.

Measures and Predictors of Community-Based Employment and Earnings of Persons With Schizophrenia in a Multi-site Study.
Salkever, D. S., Karakus, M. C., Slade, E. P., Harding, C. M., Hough, R. L., Rosenheck, R. A., et al.

These articles are currently being processed for copyright permissions to post to the Center website. Free downloads will be announced via this monthly eCast as they become available. At present, these articles are linked to publisher’s web sites where they are available as free downloads or for purchase. Other articles written by Center staff can be found at /resources/articles

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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.