Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast August 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.


Parenting & Child Custody Issues Toolkit
for People with Behavioral Health Problems

The UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration has developed a free tool kit for parents with serious mental illnesses. Research indicates that mothers with serious mental illnesses are almost three times more likely than mothers without such illnesses to have been involved in the child welfare system or to have lost custody of their children. The tool kit helps parents who have lost custody or are at risk of losing custody of their children, helps parents in recovery from mental illnesses with parenting issues, and offers guidance for professionals as well. The tool kit, “Helping Behavioral Health Clients with Parenting & Child Custody Issues,” may be downloaded at .


Conference on Recovery now Online Video Courses with CEUs

Over 900 participants joined together in Boston this spring for the highly acclaimed conference, “From Innovations to Practice: The Promise and Challenge of Achieving Recovery for All.”  Now the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University announces The Innovations Institute, a series of online video courses based on recordings of leading presentations from that conference!

Courses feature an outstanding collection of leaders sharing innovative and effective ways to move systems, programs and practices toward a recovery orientation. Among the 14 courses available are:

  • Shifting to a Rehabilitation and Recovery Paradigm
  • Working as Peers
  • Fostering Leadership in the Transformation of Systems
  • and more!

These online video courses are convenient and very affordable, most costing $10 or $15.

Courses are open to learners from all levels and backgrounds; and offer continuing education credit from a variety of national and state accrediting bodies such as the APA, ASWB, NBCC, and many others.

Visit and watch world-class presenters on recovery now!


Resources and Funding focus for
Student Mental Health on College Campuses

Among 18 to 25 year-olds, the prevalence of serious psychological distress is the highest in the adult population; yet this age group is the least likely to receive treatment or counseling. In response, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a website designed to encourage, educate, and inspire people in that age group to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems. Visit the “What a Difference a Friend Makes” website to learn more about mental health and what students can do to play a role in their friend’s recovery

Also, SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year 2009 for Campus Suicide Prevention Grants. This program is designed to facilitate a comprehensive approach to prevent suicides and suicide attempts in colleges and universities and to enhance services for students with mental and behavioral health problems, such as depression and substance abuse, which can put them at risk for suicidal behavior. Applications are due November 25. For more information, visit


The Contribution of Self-Direction
to Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services

This report, developed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on adults with serious mental illnesses who are served by the public mental health system. It aims to identify and describe the range of self-directed care (SDC) programs for this group that are currently being pursued by states; and brings together existing evidence relating to the impact of these programs on individuals and on state resources. In doing so, it attempts to contribute to ongoing debate about effective strategies for improving the quality and outcomes of the public mental health system. The report is aimed primarily at state and local-level policymakers and individuals in consumer or other advocacy organizations who are interested in self-direction and want to learn from the experiences of other states in shaping their own approach to self-direction. The report is available at


Center Continues as Academic Program Closes

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation wishes to acknowledge the May 2008 closing of the academic programs in Rehabilitation Counseling at Boston University’s Sargent College. The Center has worked with these outstanding colleagues in Rehabilitation Counseling’s academic programs for between 20 – 30 years and will deeply miss them. The Center itself will carry on the academic program’s tradition of increasing knowledge and competencies in psychiatric rehabilitation, recovery, health promotion and other topics through non-degree granting training programs such as: the Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation Certificate program, distance learning options and in service training and consultation. The Center’s Research, Training, Dissemination and Technical Assistance, Services and Publications Divisions will continue fulfilling the mission of the Center to increase knowledge in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery and to apply this body of knowledge to train personnel, to develop effective rehabilitation programs, and to assist in organizing both personnel and programs into efficient and coordinated service delivery systems.


Helping to Demystify Self-Inflicted Violence

The “Healing Self-Injury” website provides information for people who have experienced self-inflicted violence; as well as information for their family members, providers, and others. The site includes frequently asked questions, fact sheets, resources, and general information about self-injury. This site is a product of the Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute which provides training and resources that help helps people understand, recover from, and treat: traumatic stress (including PTSD); dissociative disorders, and co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self-injury, and suicidality. It is available 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.