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

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

Career Planning Curriculum for People with Psychiatric Disabilities

Karen Danley, Dori Hutchinson, and Marie Restrepo-Toro

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Curriculum / Workbook (PDF)


Was: $39.95

Career Planning Curriculum for People with Psychiatric Disabilities

Karen Danley, Dori Hutchinson, and Marie Restrepo-Toro


Was: $39.95


Recommended for use by instructors and consumers, and/or professional leaders as part of an academic course, training workshop, seminar, or group within a mental health program. It also can be used by self-help groups and individuals for self-study.

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The Career Planning Curriculum: Instructor’s Guide and Reference Handbook is designed to guide rehabilitation practitioners in helping people with psychiatric disabilities to specify and to plan for the attainment of vocational goals that reflect both reality and hope.

The content of the curriculum is derived from the choose-get-keep approach to psychiatric vocational rehabilitation developed at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. This approach integrates effective practices of vocational rehabilitation with tested psychiatric rehabilitation principles to help people with psychiatric disabilities to develop the skills, supports, and experiences they need to gain satisfying and successful employment in an occupation of choice.

The curriculum is the culmination of years of experience and feedback from participants and practitioners at the Center’s Career Education Program and Career Achievement Services, programs consisting of classroom instruction, and intensive peer and professional support that have served over 250 individuals with psychiatric disabilities during the last 12 years. Earlier versions of the curriculum also have been used in a range of clinical and educational settings.

Although the curriculum is detailed and comprehensive, skilled psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners are encouraged to tailor the curriculum to meet the unique needs of individuals they serve.

NOTE: The Instructor’s Guide set includes an instructor’s copy of the Reference Handbook PDF file.

Citation: Danley, K., Hutchinson, D., & Restrepo-Toro, M. (1998). Career planning curriculum. Boston, MA: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Product Details

Instructor’s Guide

PDF file: 140 pages
Published: 1998
ISBN: 978-1-878512-07-9

Reference Handbook

PDF file: 104 pages
Published: 1998
ISBN: 978-1-878512-08-6

Table of Contents

  • Preface and Introduction
  • Unit 1: Profiling Vocational Potential
  • Unit 2: Exploring Vocational Options
  • Unit 3: Career Achieve Planning
  • References and Appendix


Karen Danley, PhD

Dr. Danley was Director of Development at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and research assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling at Boston University. Prior to that position Dr. Danley was the Center’s Director of Services. Dr. Danley is well known for describing the vocational applications of the psychiatric rehabilitation approach through numerous articles, training materials, and presentations.

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Dori Hutchinson, ScD

Dr. Hutchinson has worked at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation since 1984. She serves as the Director of Services Division which delivers recovery-oriented and wellness and resiliency oriented programs that are delivered in an educational environment on the BU Campus to adults and college students. With her staff, Dr. Hutchinson has developed and provides services that assist individuals to develop the critical skills and supports they need to thrive in their communities, at work, in college and graduate school and in their valued roles. She also is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University and is currently a Faculty in Residence and the Faculty Advisor to the student mental health group, Active Minds. Dr. Hutchinson sits on several community mental health center advisory boards both locally in Massachusetts and nationally. Dr. Hutchinson was the 2000 recipient of the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services Association’s (IAPSRS) Early Career Research Award and the 2010 Armin Loeb Award for her contributions on health issues for persons with serious psychiatric disabilities She has served as the chairwoman of the research committee of the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services Association (IAPSRS), now known as PRA, from 2002-2004 and is currently the chair of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Foundation. She provides training nationally to organizations and providers who wish to deliver recovery-oriented and wellness services and conduct relevant program evaluations.

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Maria Restrepo-Toro, MS

Ms. Restrepo-Toro was a Senior Training Associate and worked in several research projects and divisions throughout the years.  Maria has six years of clinical experience, and she developed the Latino Initiatives at the Center. She trained people in the field of vocational psychiatric rehabilitation both nationally and internationally, in both English and Spanish. She developed training materials, both in English and Spanish. She was the Principal Investigator for a Field Initiated project funded by NIDRR. She was a Co-Principal investigator for phase I / II of Community Action Grant for System Changes within Massachusetts. She was responsible for coordinating the implementation of an exemplary practice that will be culturally competent and will meet the rehabilitation and recovery needs of the Latino consumers within the state. Maria strongly believes in the need to empower Latinos with psychiatric disabilities to recover and regain hope, and to gain equal access to rehabilitation services.


Click here to read a review from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.

Granger, B. (2001). Book review: Career planning curriculum for people with psychiatric disabilities: Instructor’s guide and reference handbook. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 24(3), 305-306.