March 2012 eCast

Distance Learning Options

The Professional Development Program offers several Self-Paced Study options that can be used for individuals or with groups.  These distance learning options include:

· Online Courses: Psychiatric rehabilitation courses and other various topics in the field are available for online study,

· Books + Tests: A reading and testing format, using books published by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation,

· Journal + Test: A reading and testing format, using issues of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal published by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services,

If you have any questions, contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at or by phone at (617) 358-2574.

Panel on Love

On Feb. 21, just a week after Valentine’s Day, a predominantly female group of BU students gathered in Photonics 206 to listen as a panel of experts fielded their questions on all things love and lust. “Love Letters” was BU’s first ever Q & A session on healthy romantic relationships, hosted by Student Health Services.

The “Love Letters” panelists included Meredith Goldstein, a journalist who writes an advice column by the same name as the event. In addition to Goldstein, BU School of Social Work’s Dr. Mark Gianino and social worker Lisa L. Moore contributed to the discussion.

BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation coordinator Elizabeth Brennan moderated the discussion.

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We are on Facebook!

Our page has been updated and new PhotoVoice pictures have been posted on the Facebook site!
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Self-determination refers to the right of individuals to have full power over their own lives. It encompasses concepts of freedom in the political, economic, cultural, and social context in which people live, vote, work, participate in community activities, raise families, socialize, and otherwise relate to each other. Self-determination is achieved when individuals are full participants in family and community life, and are empowered to organize for social rights and justice for themselves and their peers. For more information see Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion at

Presentation to be made on PhotoVoice “Finding your Voice through PhotoVoice”

Philippe P. Bloch, M.Ed., will be presenting on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Boston (DBSA-Boston)’s bi-monthly special presentation event on the topic of “Finding your Voice through PhotoVoice”. The Presentation will be from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will be free and open to the public: donations are welcome at the door. DBSA-Boston meets in the de Marneffe Cafeteria at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. DBSA-Boston support groups will meet from 8 to 9 p.m. following the presentation.

PhotoVoice is a participant-based research methodology which encourages groups of people to represent the issues that matter in their lives with cameras, and then write brief narratives to accompany the photos. PhotoVoice has been used effectively and studied at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in Boston;

Mr. Bloch will present some of the ways PhotoVoice has been found to be effective in a randomized controlled trial that was run at our Center, plus he will present some of the narratives and photos. A wide selection of the works will be displayed in physical form.

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Conference Board Update

The Conference Board website has been revised and updated.
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Special Offer: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Promotion

Take advantage of a time-limited Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal subscription offer that is available for both agency and Individual subscribers. Order the PRJ online at reduced rates and also receive 9 years of valuable content. The mission of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal is to develop and share new knowledge related to psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery of persons with serious mental illnesses. Use the Promotion Code listed below to access discount rate by April 4th, 2012.

This offer is valid for new subscriptions only.

Promotion Codes and links:
* Agencies: (use code pr12ca to get discount)
* Individuals: (use code pr12cb to get discount)

50% off the Rehabilitation Readiness Trainer Package!!

The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Technology for Rehabilitation Readiness has three components: Assessing Readiness, Developing Readiness, and Connecting. Each component includes a trainer module and a participant reference handbook with lecture summaries, examples, practice exercises, and skill evaluation checklists. This trainer package also includes a text, Introduction to Rehabilitation Readiness, which has a brief overview of psychiatric rehabilitation.

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For information about any of our products, contact Sue McNamara at or call us at (617) 358-2574.

New Website on Human Resilience

The Institute for the Study of Human Resilience has negotiated with publishers and authors to offer several full-text educational downloads of resilience, recovery and schizophrenia writings.

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