Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Technology: Functional Assessment

Mikal Cohen, Marianne Farkas, & Barry Cohen

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Technology: Functional Assessment


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Audience: Recommended for use by instructors and trainers as part of an academic course, staff training, workshop, or seminar in the skills of the psychiatric rehabilitation process.


Functional assessment is different from traditional diagnosis in that skills are evaluated rather than pathological symptoms or personality. Functional assessment evaluates individuals’ spontaneous use, prompted use, and performance of critical skills in relation to their needed use in a particular environment. This technology teaches practitioners how to help define and evaluate the skills needed for consumers to be successful and satisfied in particular residential, educational, vocational, or social environments. Practitioners learn how to list critical skills, describe skill use, evaluate skill functioning, and coach individuals through the assessment process.

Training Package Contents

  • Training Orientation Guide (PDF file)
  • Training Modules (6 books in PDF files)
  • Reference Handbooks (6 books in PDF files)
  • PowerPoint® Slides (PDF file)
  • Audio Demonstrations (in MP3 files, 3 examples approximately 10 minutes)
  • Video Demonstration (YouTube link, 3 excerpts approximately 1.25 hours)

Training Package contents are sent to you via e-mail.

Citation: Cohen, M., Farkas, M., & Cohen, B. (1986, 2007). Psychiatric rehabilitation training technology: Functional assessment. Boston: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

If you are interested in Consultation/In-Service Training about how to best use these training materials in your program or agency, please contact:

Marianne Farkas, Director of Training,
Rick Forbess, Associate Director of Training,

Product Details

Published: Edited and revised format 2007

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Listing Critical Skills
  • Describing Skill Use
  • Evaluating Skill Functioning
  • Coaching
  • Conclusion


mikal 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.



maf 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.”

barry Barry CohenPhD, is the executive vice president for strategic services and partners at PTC.  Dr. Cohen is responsible for PTC’s global human resources, customer care, technical support, enterprise consulting partners, global services consulting and operations, Product First™ practice and education services. Dr. Cohen joined PTC in January 1998 when PTC acquired Computervision. Prior to the acquisition, he served with Computervision for four years as senior vice president for human development and organizational productivity. Before joining Computervision, Dr. Cohen was the president of Possibilities Inc., an executive consulting firm specializing in organizational change and executive coaching, where he served for thirteen years. Dr. Cohen has authored or co-authored several books on leadership and organizational change, including The Wellness Sourcebook, Ethical LeadershipLeadership Myths and Realities, and The Possibilities Economy: New Capital Development.  He has also published many professional articles and a series of training manuals.


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