Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast June 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.


Book Promotion for the end of our FY 2010: 50% DISCOUNT

The book: “A Comprehensive Guide for Integrated Treatment of People with Co-Occurring Disorders” is edited by Dr. Diane Doyle Pita and Dr. LeRoy Spaniol.

The focus is on the parameters and course of co-occurring disorders, assessment, treatment, role recovery, family and self-support, and legal system involvement.

How to get it: direct your web browser to: to enter your order.
(Orders must be received by June 30, 2010, and the 50% discount cannot be combined with any other discounts.) For information about any of our products, contact Sue McNamara at or (617) 358-2574.


New publication for Consultants/Trainers:  Enhancing Workplace Inclusion

This guide is now available to those providing consultations to employers.
Focus of Guide: To proactively enhance inclusion in the workplace by eliminating prejudice and discrimination against employees with psychiatric disabilities.

How to get it:  Click on this link and go to
and enter your request. Be sure to include your postal address in the box marked “message” and mention that you would like the Guide.

For more information and a brief review of the Guide, please see the following newsletter:


Newsletter:  Creating an Inclusive Workplace

This newsletter describes a study involving the development and evaluation of a seven-step anti-discrimination technical assistance process for the workplace. The guide was developed for trainers and consultants of employers with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services under its Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) grant to Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

How to get it: Free downloads from


Mental Health First Aid USA Helps Police Defuse Crises

A new mental health training initiative has been designed to help police respond to crises involving people with serious mental illnesses. “The new training helps our officers better understand people with mental illnesses so they can respond appropriately without compromising safety,” says Chief Anthony Silva of the Municipal Police Training Academy in Rhode Island.

The effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid has been proven in randomized trials. Unexpectedly, the study also found that the program improved the mental health of the participants.  More information can be found at


FREE Introductory Webinar Series
July 2010 at 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT

Join us for a no-cost introduction to the webinars in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery offered by the Center over the next four years.

This series was developed to assist psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners in delivering psychiatric rehabilitation and to promote consumer participation in rehabilitation research.

July 19 – Participatory Action Research & Developing Roles for Mental Health Consumers
July 26 – Supervision in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

How to register:  please go to or, for information, you may contact Joan Rapp at 617-353-3549 or
These webinars are supported through a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services.

Global Leadership Training Institute

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University announces the establishment of a Global Leadership Training Institute. The Institute seeks to develop an international network of leaders imbued with recovery and rehabilitation principles, research findings and specific skill sets to foster the development of recovery and rehabilitation practice in regions around the world.  Leadership curriculum will be developed over the course of the next year, with a small pilot group testing the curriculum by the Spring of 2011. Potential and emerging leaders will be identified through a nomination and application process with an initial training program to be delivered later in 2011. Mentorship and follow up support will be provided after the Institute training for a period of one year.


BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation RRTC focuses on new projects in the area of Employment Outcomes.

Supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (CPR) has completed the first year of a five year grant. The Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, under the  leadership of Marianne Farkas and E. Sally Rogers will provide periodic updates of our progress on the 5 research projects and 6 training, dissemination and technical assistance projects via these e-casts.