Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast January 2010

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.


Winter Issue of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Now Available

The Winter 2010 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal includes an update by PRJ Co-Editor, William Anthony on the importance of continued Medicaid funding to support psychiatric rehabilitation services. Additional articles of interest include an innovative cognitive remediation program, a consumer delivered anti-stigma initiative, and the development and testing of the IPS-Q (Individual Placement and Support Quiz).

View the complete list of articles available in this issue at or browse the archive of online articles by clicking on the journal cover at


Primer on the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process Now Available

Regardless of the psychiatric rehabilitation program model, the discipline of the practitioner, the source of funding, or the setting in which people are working, practitioners should be aware of the essentials of the psychiatric rehabilitation process. The Primer on the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process is composed of three sections: Understanding the Background and Process of Psychiatric Rehabilitation; Tracking the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process; and Recording the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process. Several appendices provide examples to further one’s understanding of the process.

For a free download of the Primer, go to:

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

Approaching Deadline for the Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation

The Certificate Program in PVR is accepting applications until February 26th for the May 2010 class! 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. Practitioners will focus on competency development in the topic areas below, completing practice assignments in their home agencies – perfect for service providers who are new to the vocational realm as well as for practitioners who wish 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

Applications due February 26th! Applications considered in order of receipt, so get yours in early!  Providers with lived experience are encouraged to apply!

For more information and easy application download, please see: /training/vocrehab or contact Project Director Debbie Nicolellis at 617/353-3549 or

New Technical Assistance (TA) and Training Service Using Psychiatric Rehabilitation Technology Now Available

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is offering technical assistance and training to Evidence Based Practice programs interested in adapting and applying psychiatric rehabilitation technology. The TA is designed to help improve practitioner effectiveness in involving individuals in the change process that your program is designed to facilitate. Components of the psychiatric rehabilitation technology include:

* How to develop and maintain an understanding and respectful relationship
* How to facilitate an individual’s setting self-determined and informed goals
* How to teach and support application of new skills
* How to facilitate an individual’s linkage to and successful use of resources
* How to facilitate the development of positive expectancies and hope for change
* How to facilitate people gaining insights about their own behavior

For more information visit /develop/training/services or contact Marianne Farkas, Director of Training, Dissemination & Technical Assistance at or Rick Forbess, Associate Director of Training at