Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Online Course: How to Give a Workshop


Participants will learn the basic principles of designing and delivering a workshop presentation. The online course activities and handouts will guide participants through the process of sketching out a 90-minute workshop. This online course will provide new skills for people who wish to deliver workshops in their areas of expertise and experience.

The skills involved in giving workshops are related to staff training and also are applicable for consumers and families, direct services staff, management staff, empowerment and recovery, and knowledge exchange. Participants will be introduced to both the general principles and essential steps of planning and delivering a presentation in a workshop format. The activities and examples will guide participants through the process of sketching out a 90-minute workshop of their own. This online course will include the use of visual materials to enhance learning and interaction.

It is anticipated that participants will achieve the following goals. Participants will be able to:

  • List the basic principles of workshop presentation
  • Sketch out a proposal for a future workshop

All materials and handouts are included with the course registration fee. These materials are available for download in accessible formats.


There are recommended readings but no required texts for this course.


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Patricia B. Nemec, PsyD, CPRP

Dr. Nemec is an internationally recognized trainer in psychiatric rehabilitation, and was the director of the academic specialization in psychiatric rehabilitation at Boston University (now closed). She has played an important role on curriculum development team for the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as well as for regional training projects in psychiatric rehabilitation and academic curriculum development for undergraduate and graduate programs in health and rehabilitation sciences. As an active contributor to the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Pat was a key member of the task force groups that developed the USPRA Language Guidelines and the most recent revision of the USPRA Multicultural Principles. She is the current Vice President of the Commission responsible for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner program, and a founding member of the Consortium of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Educators.

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Sue McNamara, MS, CPRP

Ms. McNamara began her career in 1978 providing services for people with psychiatric disabilities in community programs, and in 1985 she began teaching the skills of psychiatric rehabilitation to providers in the mental health field. For 15 years, Ms. McNamara worked as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She has co-authored several articles and curricula on psychiatric rehabilitation. Ms. McNamara worked as the Director of the Professional Development Program, which offers various options for continuing education through the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She also worked as the Product Specialist in the Publications Division at the Center, and is involved in developing and marketing products, monitoring inventory and sales, and providing customer service.


After completing the online course, if you would like a Certification of Participation, you will need to send your workshop proposal and evaluation form to:

Boston University
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
ATTN: Online Courses
940 Commonwealth Avenue West, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215


You may register for the online course at any time and complete the course at any time— there are no time requirements at all.

Cost: is Free! Registration provides access to the course lecture pages and downloadable course handouts and materials.