Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast August 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.


Employment for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities

The BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation announces its upcoming workshop on Employment for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities September 7-8 at the Boston University Charles River Campus. The first day of the workshop addresses strategies for helping with individual’s motivations for employment as well as understanding the needs of employers and how to make the best match. The second day will address how to build hope for employment especially with consideration of complex cultural issues. Trainers include: Elisabeth Sanders-Park (WorkNet Solutions), Maria Restrepo-Toro, (BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation) and Oscar Jimenez, (New York Assn. of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services). All are invited but the workshop will be most useful to those who have a role in helping persons with lived experience to achieve meaningful employment. For more information visit

Two New Products Available!!

Two new curricula have been developed for different audiences and purposes, yet both include strategies for confronting prejudice and discrimination experienced by people with psychiatric disabilities:

  • Combating Prejudice and Discrimination Through PhotoVoice Empowerment, includes a Leader’s Guide, Workbook, and DVD “Beyond the Shadows of Stigma.” Designed to be used in a class of participants, PhotoVoice is an innovative participatory research tool that has become a powerful instrument for social justice to expose and combat prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory behaviors in the lives of people who experience psychiatric disability.
  • Enhancing Workplace Inclusion for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities is a technical assistance process guide designed for anyone providing consultation to employers whose goal is to proactively eliminate prejudice and discrimination against employees with psychiatric disabilities.

For any questions, contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at suemac@bu.eduor by at (617) 358-2574.

Greetings:  I am the new editor of this eCast is now. Please contact me if you have questions about the eCast or if you know of news items we might include. You can reach me by email or phone:

Bernie Kingsley
Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
940 Commonwealth Avenue, West, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617.353.3549
Fax: 617.353.7700