Compendium of Activities for Assessing and Developing Readiness for Rehabilitation Services

Edited by Mikal Cohen and Dean Mynks
in consultation with John Sheets and David Bucciferro


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Audience: Recommended for use by practitioners and peer leaders facilitating the process Assessing and Developing Readiness for individuals and groups.


This compendium (on CD) is a collection of activities for assessing and developing a person’s desire to participate in rehabilitation services. It was designed for use with persons with long-term psychiatric disabilities in psychiatric centers or outpatient settings (e.g., continuing day treatment and intensive psychiatric rehabilitation treatment programs). It was developed from activities designed by the psychiatric rehabilitation teams in the New York State psychiatric centers following a five-year transformation process undertaken by the New York State Office of Mental Health to infuse their mental health system with the philosophy and technology of psychiatric rehabilitation. Each activity is outlined in a step-by-step fashion.

Citation: Cohen, M., & Mynks, D. (Eds). (1993). Compendium of activities for assessing and developing readiness for rehabilitation services. Boston: Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

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CD: 104 Pages

Table of Contents

Overview of Assessing and Developing Readiness

Section 1: Activities for Orienting a Person to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

Section 2: Activities for Assessing Readiness for Rehabilitation Services

Section 3: Activities for Developing Self-Awareness

Section 4: Activities for Developing Awareness of Alternative Environments

Section 5: Activities for Mobilizing Support for Participation in Rehabilitation Services

Section 6: Activities for Personalizing Accomplishments




Mikal Cohen Mikal Cohen, PhD, was 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.


Dean Mynks, MA, is the Director of Case Management at Henderson Mental Health Center. He has over 25 years of experience in case management, psychiatric rehabilitation, and mental health program administration. Previously a Senior Associate at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, he participated in research and provided consultation and training for mental health agencies nationally and internationally. As a consultant, he has assisted many mental health organizations in 35 states to develop programs, which provide research-based technologies in ‘Role Recovery’, and case management. In addition he has conducted training workshops for professionals in ‘How to Meet the Needs of Families of the Mentally Ill.” An author of professional journals and book chapters, he has delivered hundreds of training for mental health practitioners. He is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner and in November 2002 received the Excel Award from the National Association of Case Management as “Case Manager Supervisor of the Year.”

John L. Sheets, MSW, MPH, is a consultant in psychiatric rehabilitation services design from Syracuse, New York. Mr. Sheets worked for years as the Director of the Recovery and Rehabilitation Services Unit in the Adult Community Care Group of the New York Office of Mental Health in Albany, New York. Mr. Sheets co-authored numerous articles on the integration of psychiatric rehabilitation services in state systems and behavioral health care.

David Bucciferro, BS, is the Director of the Rehabilitation Services Unit in the Adult Community Care Group of the New York Office of Mental Health. Mr. Bucciferro collaborated with Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in training projects across the state of New York. As a result of the many years of working together, this Compendium of Activities for Assessing & Developing Readiness for Rehabilitation Services was developed as an outcome of the training projects. More recently, Mr. Bucciferro has been a leader in developing and implementing the Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) initiative for the state of New York, which is a licensed outpatient mental health program for adults that offers a customized menu of recovery-oriented services provided in both centralized locations and in natural community settings where people live, learn, work, or socialize.


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