Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast October 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.


New Class Announced in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation

The Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation is announcing its 10-year Anniversary Class for 2009!

The program is a competency development training designed specifically for vocational service providers that enhances practitioner capacity and knowledge in:

* Rehabilitation Readiness
* Personalized Vocational Assessment
* Achieving Vocational Placements
* Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse Service Recipients
* and more!

The program involves both in-class training and supported practice in one’s own agency for immediate practical use.  Participants will receive support for a full year as they utilize tools and skills in their practice.

Applications are now being accepted for the Anniversary Class.  Special Savings! Receive $200 off tuition if you apply by December 5, 2008.
Classes begin June 1, 2009. For more information, visit the website: /training/vocrehab or contact the Project Director, Debbie Nicolellis,


Fall Issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Online Now Available

Don’t miss the current issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal for state-of-the art information related to rehabilitation and recovery. In this issue:

  • See how one study utilized cost data and analyses to inform policy makers in system transformation efforts in Pennsylvania.
  • Learn about an outreach strategy of peer-delivered services for helping people with psychiatric disabilities after a disaster.
  • Find out about The Attribution Questionnaire, a reliable and valid measurement of four important aspects of stigmatizing attitudes/beliefs toward persons with mental illness.

View the complete list of articles available in this issue at /prj or check out the archive of online articles at


Free Webinar on Strategies to Help Veterans

Suicide and factors that contribute to suicide, such as depression, PTSD and increased drug and alcohol use, are steadily on the rise among veterans returning home from war. With limited access to veteran’s healthcare services in rural areas and the stigma that is associated with veterans seeking help for mental health needs, have made it increasingly challenging for community providers to serve this population. Essential Learning together with The QPR Institute are conducting a free webinar, Strategies to Help Community Providers Prevent Suicide in Veterans on Wednesday, October 15 at 2pm EDT. Find out more about what you can do to prevent suicide among the veterans and military personnel you serve at

Plus, the presentation will be followed by a demonstration of the Build Your Own WRAP® web service for veterans, developed in conjunction with Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland.


Resources on Multicultural Mental Health and Rehabilitation

Multicultural Action Center – People of color, and other traditionally underserved populations face life-threatening disparities in many aspects of mental health care. NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center works to focus attention on system reform to ensure access to culturally competent services and treatment for all Americans and to help and support families who are dealing with mental illness. A newly added resource, Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) and Multicultural Mental Health is now available, offering pertinent information on the opportunities and challenges EBPs present for the achievement of quality mental health service delivery and access among diverse communities.

Also available is a free webinar, Thursday, October 16, 2008, from the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR), entitled: A Multicultural Approach to Rehabilitation. Panelists Paul Leung, William Talley, and Carl Flowers will review topics taken from their edited text, Multicultural Issues in Rehabilitation and Allied Health. These topics will include the history and foundation of a multicultural approach, the significance of multicultural competence in practice, and family issues. Find out more at


Planning Ahead Supports Self-Determination

Mental Health Crisis Plans and legally binding Psychiatric Advance Directives (PAD) contain specific information and instructions about an individual’s treatment needs and preferences during a mental health crisis or psychiatric hospitalization. For some the task of completing a PAD can be daunting. The UPENN Collaborative on Community Integration recently released an easy-to-use, practical tool for creating a PAD. To better understand and address planning obstacles, the Advance Self-Advocacy Plan (ASAP) Guidebook and Planning Sheets were developed with extensive input from consumers who have been hospitalized for psychiatric care and also from providers of mental health services.


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.