Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 2nd edition

William A. Anthony, Mikal Cohen, Marianne Farkas, and Cheryl Gagne
Courtenay Harding (Forward)



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Audience: Recommended for educators, researchers, and advocates—anyone interested in understanding and serving the needs of persons with psychiatric disabilities. Valuable resource for staff development and for classroom use in courses in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, and social work.


It has been over a decade since the first edition of Psychiatric Rehabilitation was published. During this time, the field of psychiatric rehabilitation has become an accepted field of practice and study. Every state in the United States and numerous countries now recognize psychiatric rehabilitation as an important component of an array of services designed to help people with severe mental illnesses recover.

The psychiatric rehabilitation field has expanded dramatically in the 1990s and the beginning of this century. Relatively new concepts, such as supported education, recovery, peer support, etc., are now an accepted part of the field’s lexicon. Hundreds of recent journal articles address issues of relevance to psychiatric rehabilitation. These newer concepts and articles are all included in this second edition of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. It examines the historical, conceptual, and empirical base of psychiatric rehabilitation, and it offers a vision for the future.

Highlighted is the technology of psychiatric rehabilitation, which permits the comprehensive training of practitioners, the evaluation of practice, the development and replication of programs, and the integration of a comprehensive psychiatric rehabilitation approach into mental health service systems.

Citation: Anthony, W. A., Cohen, M., Farkas, M, & Gagne, C. (2002). Psychiatric rehabilitation, 2nd edition. Boston, MA: Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

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PDF file: 432 Pages
Published: 2002
ISBN-13: 978-1-878512-11-6

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Review of the Research: Historical Myths
Chapter 3: An Overview of the Research: Current Realities
Chapter 4: Philosophy
Chapter 5: Process and Technology
Chapter 6: Diagnoses
Chapter 7: Plans and Interventions
Chapter 8: Personnel
Chapter 9: Programs
Chapter 10: Service Systems
Chapter 11: Technology for Change
Chapter 12: Leadership for Change
Chapter 13: Vision of the Future


William Anthony William A. Anthony, PhD, is the retired executive director of Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and professor in the University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. For the past 40 years, Anthony has worked in various roles in the field of mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation, and has been honored for his performance as a researcher, an educator, and a clinician. He is current co-editor of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.In 1988, Anthony received the Distinguished Services Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness; and in 1992, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the President of the United States for his efforts “promoting the dignity, equality, independence, and employment of people with disabilities.” Anthony has appeared on ABC’s “Nightline,” which featured a rehabilitation program developed and implemented by Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. He has authored over 100 articles in professional journals, 16 textbooks, and several dozen book chapters.

Mikal Cohen Mikal Cohen, PhD, was the associate executive director at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and research associate professor of rehabilitation counseling at Boston University. Dr. Cohen developed psychiatric rehabilitation and case management training technology and wrote numerous journal articles, books, book chapters, and monographs.



Marianne Farkas Marianne Farkas, ScD, has been and  is currently the Co-Principal Investigator of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for over 15 years and a professor in Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She has authored and co-authored over 65 articles in professional journals, 4 textbooks, a dozen book chapters, and 6 multi-media training package; and is on a  myriad of editorial review boards. For more than 30 years, Dr. Farkas has worked in various capacities in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery that have enabled her to promote the use of effective strategies and programs with diverse populations around the globe. Until recently she was the Vice President of the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) and the President of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC). Among her many roles providing training, research, and consultation; Dr. Farkas was in charge of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, providing training, consultation, and research expertise to the W.H.O. network around the globe. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field including a Lifetime Achievement Award in in recognition of “…her outstanding contributions to the pre-eminence and practice of psychosocial rehabilitation.”

Cheryl Gagne Cheryl Gagne, ScD, has been with the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation since 1988 when she joined the Supported Employment Research Project Team.  Since then she has worked in numerous research, training, and service projects at the Center.  Currently, Dr. Gagne is a senior training associate and spends her time training and consulting with mental health programs in the United States and internationally.  She is the associate director of the Services Division of the Center, which develops, delivers, and evaluates innovative services for people with psychiatric disabilities. She has developed many training programs and courses for mental health professionals and people who use mental health services. Since 1994, Dr. Gagne has taught the course, Rehabilitation of Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities, at Boston University.


Awarded the 2003 Ken Book Award by NAMI-New York Metro for providing a deeper, more meaningful understanding of mental illness.

Anthony and his colleagues have for many years provided a beacon of humane rationality for the rest of us in community mental health. This book…will stand as another welcome gift from a wise public health servant…
Robert Drake, MD, PhD, Andrew Thomson Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine, New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center

…A tour de force in psychiatric rehabilitation…This is a critical resource for contemporary care systems.
David Shern, PhD, Dean, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida

…Anthony has tirelessly championed the fundamental rehab approach of consumer choice plus skills and supports…This book is a powerful statement of that fundamental approach…
Ed Knight, PhD, Vice President for Recovery, Rehabilitation and Mutual Support, ValueOptions

[This book] touches upon issues extremely relevant to public mental health, and quite close to WHO’s current concerns and activities.
Benedetto Saraceno, MD, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence, World Health Organization

At last, a book about psychiatric rehabilitation that is both complete and concise. This is the single text that we have been waiting for to train staff, consumers, and families about psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery.
Moe Armstrong, MBA, MA, National NAMI Board of Directors, Co-founder of the Peer Educators Project