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

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

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Technology: Functional Assessment

Mikal Cohen, Marianne Farkas, and Barry Cohen

Curriculum / Workbook (PDF)


Was: $250.00

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Technology: Functional Assessment

Mikal Cohen, Marianne Farkas, and Barry Cohen


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.

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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 PDF files)
  • Reference Handbooks (6 PDF files)
  • PowerPoint® Slides (6 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., Farkas, M., & Cohen, B. (1986, 2007). Psychiatric rehabilitation training technology: Functional assessment. 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
  • Listing Critical Skills
  • Describing Skill Use
  • Evaluating Skill Functioning
  • Coaching
  • 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.

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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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Barry Cohen, PhD

Dr. Cohen 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 Leadership, Leadership 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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