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

Recovery Education Programs

The Recovery Education Program at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is an adult education program that offers students the opportunity to choose a range of wellness courses that support their rehabilitation and recovery efforts.

"Recovery means finding meaning and purpose in life that goes beyond a psychiatric diagnosis..." Bill Anthony, Founder

A recovery-oriented practice focuses on:

  • a person orientation or a focus on people with talents, strengths, aspirations, and the full-human experience
  • partnering and full involvement of individuals with psychiatric conditions in all aspects of our work
  • choice and self-determination
  • hope or a belief in the inherent possibility of growth

(Farkas, Gagne, Anthony, Chamberlin, 2005).

Over the last 40 years, the Center has helped to shift the paradigm in mental health services to a recovery orientation.

The Energy of Possibility

Program Enrollment

All interested individuals must meet the following requirements to be enrolled in the Recovery Education Program:

  • Complete a Recovery Center Student Application, including a Medical & Psychiatric Information Form, and email (strongly preferred) or fax it to James Fernandes at (617) 353-7700. After he has received your application, he will contact you to arrange a brief interview and a tour of our center.
  • Be willing to use an educational environment to foster their recovery
  • Be willing to consider participation in program evaluation research

Course Information

  • Courses are offered on a trimester schedule: January – April (Spring), May – August (Summer), September – December (Fall)
  • View a Sample Course Catalog to gain a sense of our typical class offerings
  • Trimesters may vary in schedule times and classes available
  • For information on the upcoming trimester, or for any additional information or questions, please contact James Fernandes at (857) 337-5303 or jamesf19@bu.edu

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Fall 2022 Semester 

We have been waiting for this moment to say we will be returning to in-person programming at the Center! Our spring semester will be a combination of in-person and virtual classes. We will be returning to class limits for in-person and virtual classes.

We ask all students to be vaccinated to participate in any in-person programming. Boston University requires all students and staff to be fully vaccinated to be on campus.

 

In-Person Classes: Choose your TOP 3 CLASSES. These classes will take place at the Center. All Students who wish to participate in in-person programming at the Center must be vaccinated and upload their vaccine card.

Virtual Classes: Choose up to TOP 3 CLASSES. These classes will take place virtually on Zoom.

Drop-In Virtual Activities: These activities are offered through zoom. You can drop into these activities at any point during the semester, but registration is STRONGLY suggested.

Recovery Education Fall Important Dates:

Fall Registration:  August 8 – August 26
First Week of Classes: August 12 – August 16
Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25
Last Week of Classes: December 12 – December 16
Center Closed: Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 10th (Monday) & Veterans Day, November 11th (Friday)

Course Registration Process

  • All students must complete a Course Registration Form EVERY trimester.
  • Students interested in taking an exercise course must sign a waiver to participate.
  • Once the form is completed, please submit to James Fernandes by fax at (617) 353-7700, email (strongly preferred) or drop it off at the center (when re-opened).
  • You will receive a Course Confirmation Letter by e-mail about a week before the trimester starts.

Any questions? Please contact James Fernandes at (857) 337-5303 or jamesf19@bu.edu

* Please keep in mind that you must be enrolled in the Recovery Education Program first before you can register for courses. See Program Enrollment for more details.*

Expanding The Definition

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to participate in the Recovery Education Program?

Interested individuals must be willing to use an educational environment to foster their recovery, must apply to the program, provide documentation of a psychiatric condition, receive physician approval to participate in any of our Physical Fitness Classes, and be willing to consider participation in program evaluation research.

How do I apply to the Recovery Education Program?

You will need to complete a Student Application Packet which includes a Medical & Psychiatric Information Form, mail the packet to James Fernandes or fax it to him at (617) 358-7700. After James has received your forms, he will contact you before the start of Course Registration to arrange a short interview and tour of the Center. The packet is available on this webpage.

How much does the Recovery Education Program cost?

The courses offered at the Center are free to all of our recovery education students.

Will there be a class limit for virtual classes, activities or workshops this semester?

You must be enrolled in the Recovery Education Program to register for courses. After you’ve enrolled, you will need to complete a course registration form available on the last page of this catalog. This form is also available on this webpage. Please send the course registration form to James Fernandes via fax at (617) 358-7700 or via email (preferred) at jamesf19@bu.edu. We strongly encourage our students, current and new, to come to the Center to register in person, staff members are available to assist you in the process. Everything you’ll need to register for classes will be here.

How many classes can I take this trimester?

There is no limit to how many virtual classes or activities you can take this semester.

Can I add and/or drop a course?

Due to space limitations, there is no capacity for students to add a course to their schedule once the trimester starts. However, you may drop a course during the first 3 weeks of the trimester.

Do I need written medical permission to participate in any of the courses?

Students will be required to sign a waiver to participate in physical active classes.

What do I do if I am unable to attend my class?

Please text or call James at (857) 337-5303 or call the Student Absentee Line at (617) 358-1413. We expect students to notify us if you are unable to come to your class that day.

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