LeRoy Spaniol, Ph.D.
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Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
940 Commonwealth Avenue West, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Group process is very common in psychiatric rehabilitation.
There are skills building groups, educational groups, therapy groups,
groups for special populations (e.g., people with dual diagnosis,
people with AIDS), self-help groups, recovery groups, expressive
therapy groups, and family support groups. Yet few professionals,
family members, and people with psychiatric disabilities are adequately
trained to develop, begin, maintain, and end groups skillfully.
We have developed this course as a resource for professionals, family
members, and people with psychiatric disabilities to help people
with psychiatric disability facilitate a specific group processes
called The Recovery Workshop. Students will be exposed to one specific
type of group process in detail throughout the course, the Recovery
Group process. Students will learn the knowledge and skills to run
their own recovery groups.
The purpose of the course is to develop students' knowledge and skills in utilizing The Recovery Workshop for helping people with psychiatric disabilities increase their knowledge, skills, and supports. The course will have several major focuses:
- There will be a knowledge focus. This will involve learning from the Leader's Guide how to facilitate The Recovery Workshop in the community. This information will describe the nature and purpose of this particular group process, and how the group impacts on the ability of people with psychiatric disabilities to cope and empower themselves. There are readings and written exercises.
- There will be an experiential skill focus. This will involve using the recovery group process for helping people with psychiatric disabilities learn to cope and empower themselves. Each student is asked to set up their own recovery workshop in their own community using the guidelines specified in the course. Consultation on setting up and running the group is available from LeRoy Spaniol, Ph.D.
Spaniol, L., Koehler, M. & Hutchinson, D. (1995). The recovery workbook. Boston: Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Spaniol, L., Koehler, M. & Hutchinson, D. (1994). The recovery workbook leader's guide. Boston: Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Spaniol, L. & Koehler, M. (Eds.). (1995). The experience of recovery. Boston: Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
All three books are published by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Books can be ordered with course registration below.
Corey, M. S., & Corey, G. (2002). Groups, process, and practices. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
McNamara, S. (Ed). (2009). Voices of recovery. Boston: Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Course enrollment for PDP 703-Rec is $225.00, plus the cost of required books. Mental health consumers and their families are eligible for a 20% discount. Orders from agencies and organizations, including mental health agencies
and consumer organizations, are not discounted.
Students must pass the test with a 70% or better in order to earn 45 Professional Development Program hours. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate for this Internet course.
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Sue McNamara, MS, CRC, CPRP
Director, Professional Development Program