Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast August 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.


New Guide Available with Principled Leadership Book

A Guide for Teachers and Trainers is now available with your purchase of Principled Leadership in Mental Health Systems and Programs by William A. Anthony and Kevin Ann Huckshorn. Created by R. Scott Graham and commissioned by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, this Guide is particularly useful for teachers, trainers, or directors, who are using multiple copies of Principled Leadership and wish to have additional lecture or reading material and assignments.  A free download in PDF format is available on the following webpage:  /products/books/titles/book-principled-leadership

For any questions, please contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at or by phone at (617) 358-2574.

Free Webinar on Helping Business Incorporate the
Value of People with Disabilities into Their Bottom Line

The United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) announces a free webinar on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time with Mr. Neil Romano, CEO of Integrated Process Solutions, founder of Americas Strength Foundation and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

During the webinar, Mr. Romano will discuss why business needs to address the disability issue as an integrated part of their overall business strategy as our nation moves toward economic recovery. Romano will explain how a totally inclusive approach to people with disabilities will strengthen a business’s core and lead to growth. To register for the webinar, please go to:


New Guide Reviews Research on Law Enforcement
Responses to People with Mental Illnesses

The Council of State Governments Justice Center recently released The Law Enforcement Response to People with Mental Illnesses: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice ( This 24 page guide examines studies on law enforcement interactions with people with mental illnesses and translates the findings to help policymakers and practitioners develop safe and effective interventions. Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, it reviews the scope and nature of the problem and a range of law enforcement responses. A free download in PDF format is available on the following webpage:


USPRA Announces Ethics Webinar

USPRA announces a webinar training entitled “Ethics in Daily Practice: Understanding the Code of Ethics ”  scheduled for September, 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. Patricia B. Nemec, PsyD, CRC, CPRP, an independent trainer and consultant in psychiatric rehabilitation and Steve LaMaster, CPRP, Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services for Vinfen in Cambridge, MA will conduct the webinar which is designed to help you become more familiar with the USPRA Code of Ethics. General ethical principles along with how these principles can be used to resolve ethical issues arising in the course of psychiatric rehabilitation service delivery will be discussed.  For more information go to


New Book of Recovery Stories and Images

Based on requests from the field, Boston University ‘s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has published a second book of personal accounts of the process of recovery as experienced by individuals with serious mental illnesses. Voices of Recovery consists of two different types of “voices.”  The first “voice” is in the form of articles on recovery that were published in the Coping With column of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal from the years 2000 through 2008. The second “voice” is a collection of Photovoice works, which includes a photograph with short narrative explaining the consumer photographer’s point of view.

These inspirational contributions remind us that recovery is not only possible — recovery is real!  For more information and a preview of this new book, go to: /store/books/voices-of-recovery. For questions about products published by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at or by phone at (617) 358-2574.


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.