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

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

Distance Learning

For anyone who wants or needs to pursue their learning virtually, knowledge-based training, experiential training, and expertise-level training are available.

What are my options?

Knowledge-based/exposure training is available as self-paced online courses, lectures, and slide presentations. Experiential training is available through blended-learning courses. Expertise training is available through practice with distance learning supervision methods.

Choose from:

Self-Paced Online Training

The Self-Paced Online Training format is designed for you to learn the basics of psychiatric rehabilitation and other topics in the mental health field. These online courses, lectures, and slide presentations are totally self-paced. The scheduling is up to you!

  • There are no deadlines for registration.
  • There are no deadlines for completion.
  • You may earn a Certificate of Participation, but no continuing education units are offered.

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Self-Paced Online Courses

The following self-paced courses are free of charge.

Rehabilitation of Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities
Cheryl Gagne, ScD; Sue McNamara, MS

Self-Directed Psychiatric Rehabilitation Activities
Sue McNamara, MS

Group Process Guidelines for Leading Groups and Classes
Sue McNamara, MS

Ethics in Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Patricia B. Nemec, PsyD, CRC, CPRP; Steve LaMaster, MS, CPRP; Sue McNamara, MS

How to Give a Workshop
Patricia B. Nemec, PsyD, CRC, CPRP; Sue McNamara, MS

How to Write a Journal Article
LeRoy Spaniol, PhD; Kathy Furlong-Norman, MEd, MSW; Sue McNamara, MS

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Self-paced Online Multimedia


Webcasts are 45-minute to 1-hour-long introductory pre-recorded lectures and videos on specific topics of psychiatric rehabilitation and promoting recovery.

Some examples include: “Beyond the Shadows of Stigma”, “Recovery 202” and “Principled Leadership in Public Mental  Health”.
View the Webcasts

Ask Me Anything About Employment, Webinars

These webinars are recorded one-hour lectures on a variety of topics together with one-hour question and answer sessions, specifically on employment.

Some examples of archived lecture topics include:  “Community Engagement as a Pathway to Employment”, “Enhancing Thinking Skills for the Workplace”, and “Hiring and Recruiting Peers”.
Watch the Ask Me Anything Webinars

Moving Along to Employment, 30-Second Training

These short 30-Second Training slide shows are set up to offer an introduction about employment of persons with mental health conditions for four target audiences: individuals in recovery, family members, providers of services, and employers.

Some examples of slide presentation topics include: “Finding my Strengths and Interests for Employment” (for people in mental health recovery), “The Value of Work for Persons with Mental Health Conditions” (for family members), “4 Ways to Build Readiness for Work for Persons with Mental Health Conditions” (for providers), and “5 Ways to Supervise Employees with Mental Health Conditions” (for employers).
View the 30-Second Trainings  

Blended Learning Courses

Blended Learning Courses involve web-based instruction as well as online interactive meetings. Blended Training is designed to give you not only knowledge, but also an experience with the kinds of skills involved in a practice or topic.

This format of training is comprised of online coursework and instructor interaction. The online coursework is usually done at your own pace, but within a range of dates in order to keep up with the group. Instructor interaction can be conducted via webinars, telephone or discussion board questions.

Classes begin when sufficient registration has been met.

Visit this example of a Blended Learning Course:
Job Development and Job Retention for Persons in Recovery

Online Supervised Practice

The Center offers training programs in specific interventions and practice components.  If you wish to develop more expertise than you gained through experiential learning options, you may choose to add a supervised practice course.

This course involves you practicing the skills you learned in previous training programs with the individuals you serve — audio-recording these practice sessions, submitting the audio files, and receiving feedback through live interactive webinars or telephone conference calls.

These sessions are offered when sufficient registration for one topic/program title has been met (8- 12 participants).
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  • the next live webinars are happening,
  • registration opens for the next Blended Learning Course, or
  • new training opportunities or resources become available,

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