Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast January 2011

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.

New Online Seminar: Group Process Guidelines for Leading Groups and Classes

This new online seminar may be used as a teaching tool for staff training as well as a self-paced study option for new or experienced group leaders to improve their own skills in leading groups and classes. The online seminar outlines the skills leaders use before the group in preparation for a group or class, during the group while conducting a group or teaching the class, and after the group for following-up a group or class activity. Information is included that explains this series of group process skills as well as examples and exercises to practice the skills. One lecture is devoted to promoting peer leadership and specifically discusses the unique contributions that peer leaders bring to a group or class. Successful participation in this online seminar earns 20 Professional Development Program (PDP) hours, which can be used for continuing education purposes. Included in this online seminar registration is a free copy of the workbook, Group Process Guidelines for Leading Groups and Classes.

For more information,  contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at or by phone at (617) 358-2574.

Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health

Congratulations to Dr. E. Sally Rogers, Director of Research at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, for her role as Co-Editor for a new publication entitled Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health. This new book is a valuable resource for practitioners and administrators seeking to implement effective job retention and accommodations strategies. The book provides in-depth background on conceptual and legal issues, extensive discussion of the effects of psychological conditions on work outcomes, and clinical and occupational interventions. A link to the print edition of Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health can be found at

Winter Book Promotion!!

During the Winter of 2011, we’re offering a 50% off discount for the books: Recovery from Severe Mental Illnesses, Volumes 1 and 2, edited by Larry Davidson, Courtenay Harding, and LeRoy Spaniol.

•          Vol. 1 explores the concept and possibility of recovery for people with mental illnesses and includes a number of long-term outcome studies that suggest that a significant percentage of people with severe mental illnesses dramatically improve over time. Further evidence of the possibility of recovery is offered through the perspectives and personal accounts of people who have recovered to varying degrees from serious mental illnesses.

•          Vol. 2 explores the range of interventions that have been found to promote recovery for people with serious mental illnesses, including psychiatric rehabilitation, community integration, treatment, case management, and advocacy. It also addresses the role of family members and other supports, how mental health systems can become recovery-oriented systems of care, and future directions for research and practice.
For more information go to: /products/books/titles/book-recovery-from-severe-mental-illnesses-volume-1-2  For information about any of our products, contact Sue McNamara at  or (617) 358-2574.

PVR – Boston “Early Bird Deadline” Extended

The Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation is a part-time, award-winning training program, now celebrating its 12th year.  The program has trained over 250 providers from a multitude of agencies, disciplines, and backgrounds.

Yes, you can do this from afar!  Every year, people come from around the world to participate in the Certificate Program.  The program offers two on-campus Training Institutes, readings from the field, tools for immediate use, as well as an entire year of supported practice, to be completed in your home agency.  Now is the time to apply to join the 2011 Boston class, starting in June!  The Early Bird Deadline has been extended for a short period of time resulting in a reduction in tuition of $200.

New Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation (PVR) Initiative in Canada

In May 2011, the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University will launch a new offering of its award-winning Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada beginning. Designed to meet the needs of Canadian vocational providers, the training will offer skills, tools, and information on a broad range of topics.
For information see

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