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 Write a Journal Article


Participants will learn the basic principles of writing a journal article. The online course activities and handouts will guide participants through the process of sketching out a article for journal publication. This online course will provide new skills for people who wish to write a journal article in their areas of expertise and experience. The skills involved in writing a journal article are applicable for consumers and families, direct services staff, and management staff. Participants will be introduced to both the general principles and essential steps of planning, writing, and submitting a journal article for publication. The activities and examples will guide participants through the process of sketching out a journal article of their own.

This online course will include the use of visual materials to enhance learning and interaction. It is anticipated that seminar participants will achieve the following goals. Participants will be able to:

  • List the basic steps of writing a journal article
  • Sketch out an outline for a journal article

All materials and handouts are included with the course registration fee.

These materials are available for download in accessible formats.


There are no required texts for this course.


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LeRoy Spaniol, PhD

Dr. Spaniol retired in 2004 as Senior Director at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. He holds a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has over 40 years of experience in the mental health field as counselor, advocate, program developer, administrator, and educator.  Dr. Spaniol was the Founder and Executive Publisher of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. He taught as an Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Boston University. He also founded and taught in the Recovery Center, a rehabilitation program for people with psychiatric disabilities at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. He was President of NAMI of Cape Cod and served on the Affordable Housing Committee for the Town of Wellfleet, MA. Dr. Spaniol has published 18 books and many book chapters and articles about psychiatric rehabilitation, recovery, and families.

Kathleen Furlong-Norman, MEd, MSW

Ms. Furlong-Norman is the retired Managing Editor of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal and Assistant Director of Publications at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Ms. Furlong-Norman joined the Center in 1983 and managed dissemination activities for a national research and training center including: editing and publishing resource materials related to a broad range of topical areas and networking with national organizations and associations to disseminate research findings, state-of-the-art information, and technologies. Ms. Furlong-Norman directed RTC projects focused on enhancing supported education services for students experiencing psychiatric disabilities and conducted a national survey of policies and practices that promote recovery-oriented services in state mental health systems nationwide. Additionally, Ms. Furlong-Norman received her MSW at Boston University and provided clinical services in hospice care settings.

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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 journal article outline 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.