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Online Seminar: Research Issues

Online Seminar Outline


Joan Rapp, M.Ed., CAGS
Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
940 Commonwealth Avenue West, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617/353-3549
Fax: 617/353-7700
E-mail: joanrapp@bu.edu


Many individuals contributed their time and their thoughts to develop this online seminar. We acknowledge them all, especially: Phillipe Bloch, Judi Chamberlin, Dennis Dizon, Marsha Ellison, Marianne Farkas, Andrew Heusser, Sue McNamara, Sally Rogers, Zlatka Russinova, and Janel Tan from the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation; Pat Deegan, Jonathan Delman, and Steve Onken from the Center’s Advisory Council; and members of the Ruby Rogers Center.


The online seminar lectures are designed to help mental health consumer/survivors to begin to acquire a basic literacy in research concepts and terms. It is intended to help consumer/survivors to appreciate the importance of research in their lives and to become aware of the possible roles they might play in a research project.

The online lectures will include information about some of the types, tools, and principles in good research. Consumer/survivors are encouraged to be curious about possible research questions, about ways to improve the research process, and about the results of any research they might participate in. Numerous links and additional resource lists are provided if the individual seminar participant should wish to get more in-depth information about the various aspects of research.


It is anticipated that seminar participants will achieve the following goals:

  • Participants will learn some basic concepts and terms used in research.
  • Participants will be aware of the various roles consumer/survivors can play in a research study.
  • Participants will be aware of consumer/survivor rights in the research process.
  • Participants will expect to get the results of research studies the are involved in and to consider what the results might mean in actual practice.

Recommended Texts

book There are no required texts for this online seminar, however, there are some recommended readings.

Peer Run Program (2005). Common ingredients and performance measures. In S. Clay, B. Schell, P. Corrigan, and R. Ralph (Eds.), On our own together (chapter 11). Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt Press.

Need for Research and “Transformation” of Mental Health Services, New Freedom Commission Final Report. Goal 5. Research. www.mentalhealthcommission.gov/reports/Final Report/FullReport.htm

Clinical Trials, www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/info/what is#/what is


writing After participating in the online seminar, participants will be required to pass a 50-question test with 70% or better in order to earn 10 PDP Hours for this online seminar. PDP Hours may be used for continuing education purposes. Send the completed test to:

Sue McNamara, MS, CRC, CPRP
Director, Professional Development Program
Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
635 Commonwealth Avenue West
Boston, MA 02215


Course enrollment for this Online Seminar is $50.00. Mental health consumers and their families are eligible for a 20% discount, which would be $40.00. 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 10 Professional Development Program hours. Upon successful completion of the test, students will receive a certificate for this online seminar.

Register Online or by Mail/Fax

You may register for the online course at any time and complete the course at any time—there are no time requirements at all.

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PDP Online Seminar: Research Issues for Mental Health Consumer/Survivors ($50.00)

Additional Information

Instructor Profile
Printable registration form
Feedback form

Reference List
Resource List
Glossary of Research Terms

For more information about our distance learning options, please visit our website at http://www.bu.edu/cpr/training/distance/index.html or contact:

Sue McNamara, MS, CRC, CPRP
Director, Professional Development Program
Phone: 617/358-2574
Fax: 617/353-9209
E-mail: suemac@bu.edu

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