Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast December 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.

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Now Available – Group Process Guidelines for Leading Groups and Classes

Are you new to the process of leading groups or not formally trained and lacking skills in facilitating a group? The new workbook, Group Process Guidelines for Leading Groups and Classes provides excellent instruction for teachers and group leaders in performing the preparation, delivery and follow-up for group or class activities. The workbook also addresses and promotes peer leadership skills. Helpful examples, practice exercises and checklists are included to assess your skill performance and will result in your increased ability to effectively lead and manage a group.

For more information, go to: /store/curricula/group-process-guidelines
For any questions, please contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at suemac@bu.edu or by phone at (617) 358-2574.

Center Announces Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

A two-year postdoctoral research fellowship program in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery from serious mental illnesses will begin May 1st, 2010 at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. Didactic seminars, research practicum and stipend of $35,000 included in the fellowship. Applications are due February 15th 2010.  Contact: Dr. Zlatka Russinova at (617) 353-3549 or zlatka@bu.edu.  More detail about the fellowship program is available at /research/ongoing/postdoc  and /resources/newsletter/postdoc

 

Announcing New Class in Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation

The Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation is now accepting applications for May, 2010. Designed for working professionals, this part-time continuing education course is offered in two 1-week sessions to accommodate people for whom a traditional on-campus course is not feasible. Course work focuses on competency development in the topic areas listed below and provides the advantage of completing practice assignments in your home agency – perfect for service providers who are new to the vocational realm as well as for practitioners who would like to add to their skills in engaging persons with severe mental illnesses in the process of choosing, getting and keeping employment.

Topics include:
* Partnering with People with Psychiatric Disabilities
* Identifying Vocational Needs
* Facilitating Vocational Rehabilitation Readiness
* Personalizing Vocational Assessment
* Achieving Vocational Placements
* Developing Essential Skills, Supports, and Accommodations
* Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse Service Users

The Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation Certificate Program begins in May 2010. Applications are due February 26, 2010. For $200 off tuition, fax your application before January 15, 2010. For information and to access an application download, go to /training/vocrehab

Center Receives Research and Training Center Grant on Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has been awarded a 5-year, $4 million Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) grant entitled “Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.” Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the purpose of this grant is to continue efforts to develop and test adaptations of evidence-based employment interventions particularly for traditionally underserved groups. This is the seventh consecutive award cycle that the BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has received this grant, marking this the thirtieth year of funding as an RTC.

The RTC research projects aim to increase and incorporate research findings into practice and policy by developing, evaluating and implementing knowledge translation strategies that promote utilization of knowledge into practice. The RTC training, technical assistance and dissemination activities will work to this same purpose.
To learn more about specific RESEARCH projects click here:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/research/current/rtc2014/
To learn more about specific TRAINING projects click here:
/about/projects/rtc2014

Transition from School to Work Among Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions RTC Awarded

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mental Health Services Research and Department of Psychiatry has been awarded a 5-year, $4 million grant to create and sustain The Learning and Working during the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RTC). This RTC is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the.

The Learning and Working RTC aims to support the successful completion of education and training and movement into rewarding and sustaining work lives in young people, ages 14-30, with serious mental health conditions. The Center develops and translates knowledge from state of the art rigorous research focused on education, training and working. The research emphasizes knowledge that can inform interventions by examining the population, the interventions, and the systems involved. The Center’s research and dissemination activities are guided by transition age youth and young adult consumer and family input. The translation of this knowledge speeds capacity building for service providers and the movement of findings into practice and policy.

A website for the new Learning and Working during the Transition to Adulthood RTC is under development. Information and announcements about the new RTC can be found currently on the website of the Center for Mental Health Services Research: http://www.umassmed.edu/cmhsr/

For more information contact Maryann Davis (Maryann.Davis@umassmed.edu) or Marsha Ellison (Marsha.Ellison@umassmed.edu)

 

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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.