December 2015 eCast

Online course on Job Development and Job Retention for Persons in Recovery

This is a course for Employment Specialists, Rehabilitation Counselors, Vocational Peer Specialists and others working to improve employment outcomes.

Enroll in our 10-week online course

5 online Modules and 6 web/discussion meetings. At the end of each Module is a test and a Discussion Board. The curriculum has been piloted in 4 states and has been delivered to five additional classes of Employment Specialists throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Registration is open now. Be sure to review the website for full information on this program. There is a fee for this course and some CEU’s are available. For information or registration please click here for the website

or contact the instructor, Joan Rapp, at 617-353-3549 or

Find out more about the course

Survey of Employment Service Technical Assistance Needs

Do you work for an organization? Each year we seek to increase our understanding of the current challenges, needs, and topics of interest that are needed to provide employment services for people with psychiatric disabilities. We will use the results of the survey to shape the technical assistance content areas of an online technical assistance response we are currently developing.

Fill out the short survey

For more detail, contact Rick Forbess, Associate Director of Training, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University, at

LinkedIn Group: Employing People with Psychiatric Disabilities

If you are a person in recovery, employer, or supporter of people with psychiatric disabilities, we invite you to join the Center’s new LinkedIn group. For more information, or to join, please visit our LinkedIn page.

Self-Directed Skill Lessons for Getting Along with Others

Four out of the six bundles of Self-Directed Skill Lessons are complete!

  • Skills for Participating in Groups and Classes
  • Skills for Working Together
  • Skills for Working with Supervisors/Teachers
  • Skills for Socializing

Two bundles of Self-Directed Skill Lessons that are being produced are:

  • Skills for Being a Friend
  • Skills for Difficult Situations

The Self-Directed Skill Lessons
include outlines, examples, and practices in each skill lesson; and they are designed to walk an individual through how to perform the skill one step at a time. These skill lessons may be used by individuals in a self-directed way and by practitioners as part of a skill teaching curriculum.

For more information about the Self-Directed Skill Lessons, go to: /store/curricula/self-directed-skill-lessons/

For any questions about this product, please contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at or by phone at (617) 358-2574.

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We would greatly appreciate you taking a moment to answer a few questions about the materials, information, or assistance you have received from the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

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This project was developed under a grant with funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and from the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDILRR grant 90RT5029). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this project do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.