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

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

Enhancing Workplace Inclusion for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities

Rick Forbess, Marianne Farkas, Zlatka Russinova, and Philippe Bloch

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Curriculum / Workbook (PDF)


Was: $9.95

Enhancing Workplace Inclusion for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities

Rick Forbess, Marianne Farkas, Zlatka Russinova, and Philippe Bloch


Was: $9.95


Recommended for educators, students, practitioners, supervisors, trainers, and consumers—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.


The key components of the Enhancing Workplace Inclusion for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities guide include: a description of six guiding principles for the provision of technical assistance; a narrative overview of the seven major steps of the technical assistance process; and discrete sections for each step including the intended outcomes for the step, guidelines for conducting the step; and a case study example of the step. The benefit of using the guide is increased understanding about how to effectively involve employers in the development, implementation, and improvement of strategies designed to eliminate prejudicial and discriminatory behaviors toward people with psychiatric disabilities in the workplace.

Citation: Forbess, R., Farkas, M., Russinova, Z., & Bloch, P. (2010). Enhancing workplace inclusion for employees with psychiatric disabilities. Boston, MA: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Product Details

PDF file: 32 pages
Published: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-878512-47-5

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Orientation to the Technical Assistance Process Guide
  • Overview of Technical Assistance Principles and Process
  • Step 1: Engaging the Employer
  • Step 2: Targeting Discriminatory Behaviors
  • Step 3: Developing Policies
  • Step 4: Establishing Benchmarks
  • Step 5: Designing Benchmark Evaluation
  • Step 6: Educating Employees
  • Step 7: Addressing Problems
  • Appendix: Sample Survey Questions
  • References


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Rick Forbess, MSSW

Mr. Forbess was the Associate Director of Training at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. He began his career as a provider, supervisor, and manager in community mental health centers in Texas and Maine. He received his Masters of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1978 and joined the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as a Senior Training Associate in 1985. Since that time he has provided training and technical assistance to a wide range of mental health agencies throughout the United States and Canada in order to implement psychiatric rehabilitation, person-centered service planning, and other services guided by values considered central to facilitating a person’s recovery from mental illness. He developed and assisted with the development of training technologies, manuals, guides, and program curricula and has co-authored published articles and book chapters on psychiatric rehabilitation and case management.

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Marianne Farkas, ScD

Dr. Farkas contributed to the establishment of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She has been the Co-Principal Investigator of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center since 1994 and a professor in Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She has authored and co-authored over 100 articles in professional journals, four textbooks, a dozen book chapters, and nine multi-media training package; and is on a myriad of editorial review boards and advisory boards. Dr. Farkas has been working 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. She has been 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 and nd the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field including a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of “…her outstanding contributions to the pre-eminence and practice of psychosocial rehabilitation.”

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Zlatka Russinova, PhD

Dr. Russinova is the Director of Research at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She has directed several research projects exploring diverse aspects of recovery from psychiatric disabilities, including examining the patterns and determinants of vocational recovery, the role of spirituality and alternative therapies, and the measurement of mental health practitioners’ recovery-promoting competence. She has also pioneered a novel approach of using Photovoice methodology as part of psychosocial interventions targeting the reduction of personal stigma, community participation and vocational empowerment.

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Philippe Bloch, MEd

Mr. Bloch is Senior Research Coordinator at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University. As an almost 20-year member of the Research Division, he assists Principal Investigators with study management tasks that include a wide range of responsibilities. Mr. Bloch has helped develop curricula that have served as the primary intervention for a number of studies. Specific areas of interest include prejudice and discrimination related to mental illness, vocational recovery, empowerment of marginalized populations, and the photovoice participatory action methodology. Mr. Bloch considers principles of human rights, civil liberties, and social justice to be the foundational basis for his work in the field.


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