Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast February 2009

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.


Stigma Combated through Photography Intervention

Stigma experienced by persons with psychiatric disabilities presents a major barrier to recovery. As part of the movement to confront stigma, the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is using Photovoice, an innovative participatory research tool, to combat stigma through personal empowerment of those living with serious mental illnesses. This issue of the Recovery and Rehabilitation Newsletter describes how the Center, through the Photovoice initiative, put cameras in the hands of individuals and asked them to produce statements made up of pictures and words that communicate their experience. View pieces from the classes in the newsletter, available as a free download at /resources/newsletter/photovoice. Find other issues of the Recovery and Rehabilitation Newsletter from the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at /resources/newsletter.


Training for Certification as Peer Specialist

The Peer Specialist training course features a nationally-developed curriculum that orients participants to a recovery philosophy and prepares them to use peer-delivered services to enhance wellness and treatment strategies. This peer specialist training, running February 23-27, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri, is being offered by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) in affiliation with Appalachian Consulting Group, Inc., innovators of the Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Project that pioneered Medicaid-billable peer support services. Following training, participants are eligible to complete a written peer specialist examination on principles of peer support and recovery and receive a training certificate. Special extended deadline for readers of this electronic newsletter. Find out more information about the program at and call Gloria Pope to register at 312-988-1164.

Upcoming Conferences

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

April 6 – 8, 2009
San Antonio, Texas

The 39th National Council Conference broadens perspective and updates on the field’s best practices and latest developments. Within each of the broad topic areas, dozens of expert-led workshops and special sessions give the secrets to survival and success. Major categories for topics include: Operations and Business Finance; Leadership and Management; Clinical Practice; and Markets and Media. Register by Feb. 13 for Early Bird discount. To learn more about specific sessions and to register, go to


Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)

“Anxiety and Health: Translating Research into Practice”
March 12 – 15, 2009
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

You will have the opportunity to network with renowned anxiety disorders experts and learn about the latest treatments for and groundbreaking research on anxiety and related disorders. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America is the leading nonprofit organization committed to promoting the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders through education and research. As a growing body of research demonstrates links between anxiety disorders and other mental and physical health issues, diagnosing and treating patients with anxiety disorders holds an increasingly important role in overall wellness.

American College of Mental Health Administration (ACMHA)

“Behavioral Health: Embracing Health and Wellness”
March 12-14, 2009
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The ACMHA Santa Fe Summit is an assembly of experienced behavior health professionals focused on innovative solutions and client/customer care. Summit proceedings have formed the basis for national policy initiatives and the development of new entities to address the core issues challenging the field, always focused first on values of quality care. Find out more at


Articles Highlight Recovery and Rehabilitation

The following is a selection of articles authored or co-authored by Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation staff during 2008. These articles are linked to publisher’s web sites where they are available as free downloads or for purchase.

Rein in seclusion and restraints
They are not compatible with recovery-oriented services
by Lori Ashcraft, William A. Anthony, and Shannon Jaccard

Creating good endings
Service users and staff judge your performance based on your final acts
by Lori Ashcraft and William A. Anthony

Apply a recovery approach to wellness
Engage clients in “irresistible” services that offer them a healthier life
by Lori Ashcraft and William A. Anthony

Wellness must be part of our mission
We can help people in recovery live to their full potential
by Lori Ashcraft and William A. Anthony

Don’t be anchored by inaction
Changing programs requires swimming against the tide
by Lori Ashcraft and William A. Anthony

Setting Rules – But Allowing Choices
Recovery-oriented programs can limit certain behaviors as long as they offer as many alternatives as possible
by Lori Ashcraft and William A. Anthony

Don’t let paperwork be a barrier
Well-crafted questions can elicit recovery responses
by Lori Ashcraft and William A. Anthony

Home is where recovery begins Why do we assume that having a home is a reward for recovery—and not part of it?
by Lori Ashcraft, William A. Anthony, and Chris Martin

Breaking Down Barriers
Agencies need to encourage professional staff to be themselves
by Lori Ashcraft, William A. Anthony, with Jennifer Williamson

Addressing Resistance to Recovery
Strategies for working with staff resistant to change
by Lori Ashcraft and William A. Anthony

Taking on the formidable middle
A personal story of embracing recovery principles offers ideas for helping staff members value peer employees
by Lori Ashcraft, William A. Anthony, and Michelle Bloss

Begging for Details
To be truly empowered to make their own decisions, service users need information about their care options
by Lori Ashcraft and William A. Anthony

Supported employment and psychiatric rehabilitation.
by William A. Anthony

The meaning and importance of employment to people in recovery from serious mental illness: Results of a qualitative study.
by E. C. Dunn, N. J. Wewiorski, N. J. & E. S. Rogers

Professionals and Managers with Severe Mental Illness: Findings from a national survey.
By M. Ellison, Z. Russinova, A. Lyass, & E. S. Rogers

The 3Cs for recovery services
Before beginning a transformation, make sure your agency has the culture, commitment, and capacity for recovery
By Marianne Farkas, Lori Ashcraft, and William A. Anthony,

Treating Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma: A preliminary case series using tai chi.
by M. Grodin, L. Piwowarczyk, D. Fulker, A. Bazazi, R. Saper

Increasing social support for individuals with serious mental illness: Results of an evaluation of a social, adjunctive intervention. by B. McCorkle, E. S. Rogers, E. Dunn, A. Lyass, & Y. Wan

Single change items did not measure change in quality of life.
by A.J. Rose, N. S. Sacks, A. P. Deshpande, S. Y. Griffin, H. J. Cabral, & L. E. Kazis

The quest for optimal health: Can education and training cure what ails us?
By P. Swarbrick, D. Hutchinson, & K. Gill


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.