Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast October 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.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Special Section focuses on Self-Determination and Innovation

The Fall 2010 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal focuses on the work of the National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability, located at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Psychiatry. Special Section articles developed from the Center’s State of the Science Conference entitled “Self-Determination: The Fierce Urgency of Now” include outcomes of two statewide initiatives using Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP), the use of asset development programs to enhance the economic security of people living with psychiatric disabilities, and the results of a web-based survey of peer run programs to better understand cultural competency issues. View the complete list of articles available in this issue at or check out the complete archive of online articles at

Toolkit for Assessing Cultural Competence in Peer-Run Mental Health Organizations

Working collaboratively with the NAMI Support Technical Assistance and Resource (STAR) Center, the UIC National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability developed a cultural competency guidebook and assessment tool for use by mental health peer-run programs and self-help groups nationwide. The guidebook and tool also have applicability for traditional mental health and rehabilitation programs. To download the free Toolkit go to:

Newsletter Interview with William Anthony

An Interview with William Anthony, Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Co-Author (with Director of Training, Marianne Farkas) of “A Primer on the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process” is the feature of the new Recovery and Rehabilitation Newsletter. Newsletters are available for download, at Download “A Primer on the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process” at

Combating Prejudice and Discrimination Through Photovoice Empowerment

Combating Prejudice and Discrimination Through Photovoice Empowerment is a new curriculum intended to promote dialogue and awareness about personal and community issues through photography. The Photovoice process lays out stages for defining the goals of a project, anticipating an audience, taking pictures and telling stories about them, evaluation, and presentation. The experience of Photovoice creates a powerful medium for group reflection on and discussion of critical life experiences, especially for people living with serious psychiatric disabilities. This curriculum can be implemented at outpatient mental health and rehabilitation settings as well as peer-run programs and centers. For further information see

CPR staff publication now online:

Validating the Empowerment Scale With a Multisite Sample of Consumers of Mental Health Services. by E. Sally Rogers and Mark Salzer (2010), Psychiatric Services, 61(9):933.

The meaning and importance of employment to people in recovery from serious mental illness: results of a qualitative study. by Erin Dunn, Nancy Wewiorski, and E. Sally Rogers (2008), Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 32(1):59–62.

Registration Open for Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University has developed a one-year, competency-based Certificate Program to improve and enhance the Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation knowledge and skills of practicing Vocational Rehabilitation professionals. Enrollment is open for the class which starts in June 2011. For information go to: /develop/vocrehab