Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast March 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.

Have a question about behavioral health?

Have a question about behavioral health? There is an opportunity to Ask SAMHSA! Every month SAMHSA will be taking questions from on a specific topic through Facebook and Twitter. From the questions received, they will select a few to respond to on the SAMHSA Blog. The purpose behind this project is to give you an opportunity to hear from some of the nation’s experts in behavioral health on questions that you have asked. For information go to or on Facebook go to

A powerful tool for social justice

PhotoVoice is a powerful tool for social justice that engages people to take photographs and write narratives to expose phenomena in their lives that greatly affect them. The CPR has conducted classes in PhotoVoice, inviting people with mental illnesses to document their experiences of prejudice and discrimination. The resulting compositions of photographs and narratives deliver compelling evidence of the lived experience in the lives of people with mental illnesses. For more details on this exciting program and an online video check our Facebook page or go to for more information.

CPR on Facebook

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is now on Facebook:

Spring Promotion for the Food Education Curriculum

Food Education for People with Serious Psychiatric Disabilities: An Evidence-Based Recovery Curriculum is designed to guide practitioners in helping people with psychiatric disabilities to learn good nutrition and healthy eating practices and to empower people with serious psychiatric disabilities to achieve nutritional health as a resource for recovery. We have reduced the price by $20 off the printed format of the book as well as the download format of the book. For more information, go to: Information about any of our products is available by contacting Sue McNamara at or (617) 358-2574.

New Curriculums planned

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is currently developing a series of five online courses on Job Development and Job Retention. The courses will be piloted in: Massachusetts, Santa Fe, N.M., Southern Oregon and the state of Alaska before being released to the public. They are targeted to Employment Specialists, Rehabilitation Counselors or any staff person involved in helping persons with psychiatric disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.

The Center has also been working on curriculum development for training of new staff in psychiatric services for several Swedish agencies. Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D., Senior Training Associate is leading this effort. She has been collaborating with David Rosenberg, Ph.D. The Swedish government has funded the curriculum project. For regular updates check our Facebook page