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

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

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Technology: Direct Skills Teaching

Mikal Cohen, Karen Danley, and Patricia Nemec

Curriculum / Workbook (PDF)


Was: $250.00

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Technology: Direct Skills Teaching

Mikal Cohen, Karen Danley, and Patricia Nemec


Was: $250.00


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.

Additional Materials for Purchase


Direct skills teaching is different from behavior modification, conditioning, or training that shapes behavior without a person’s full control. Direct skills teaching involves individuals in comprehensive instructional activities, enabling them to perform skills when they choose to do so. This technology teaches practitioners how to help consumers acquire and use the skills needed to be successful and satisfied in residential, educational, vocational, and social environments. Practitioners learn how to outline skill content, plan the lesson, program skill use, and encourage the individuals’ participation throughout the teaching process.

Training Package Contents

  • Training Orientation Guide (PDF file)
  • Training Modules (6 PDF files)
  • Reference Handbooks (6 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)

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,

Citation: Cohen, M., Danley, K., & Nemec, P. (1985, 2007). Psychiatric rehabilitation training technology: Direct skills teaching. Boston, MA: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Product Details

Published: Edited and revised format 2007
ISBN: 978-1-878512-33-8

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Outlining Skill Content
  • Planning the Lesson
  • Coaching
  • Programming Skill Use
  • Conclusion


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Mikal Cohen, PhD

Dr. Cohen 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.

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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Patricia Nemec, PsyD

Dr. Nemec is an internationally recognized trainer in psychiatric rehabilitation and was the Director of the academic specialization in psychiatric rehabilitation at Boston University (now closed). She has played an important role on the curriculum development team for the Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as well as for regional training projects in psychiatric rehabilitation and academic curriculum development for undergraduate and graduate programs in health and rehabilitation sciences. As an active contributor to the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Pat was a key member of the task force groups that developed the USPRA Language Guidelines and the most recent revision of the USPRA Multicultural Principles. She was a founding member of the Consortium of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Educators.


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