PsychOdyssey 450: Special Topics in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

This PsychOdyssey Academy course will feature special topics in the field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Topic: Evidenced Based Practice vs. Value Based Services

Evidenced Based Practices and Value Based Services for Recovery are new concurrent phenomena in mental health. “Evidence-based care is an approach to classifying health care outcome research according to the quantity of empirical evidence supporting a particular intervention… Recovery is a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills and/or roles. …a way of living a satisfying, hopeful and contributing life and involves development of a new meaning and purpose in one’s life” (Anthony, W., et al., 2003). Are the two concepts compatible or antithetical? Click here to study and learn more.

Topic: Dismantling Psychiatric Institutionalization: The Legacy of Franco Basaglia

Franco Basaglia

Italy was the first country to shut down all state psychiatric hospitals. In 1978, Italy enacted Law 180 that began the gradual dismantling of its mental hospitals. The leader of this movement was psychiatrist Franco Basaglia (1924-1980), superintendent of the San Gabriel mental hospital in Trieste at the time. A significant figure in the history of psychiatric rehabilitation, Basaglia is both hailed as a modern-day Phillipe Pinel and castigated as a hopelessly impratical ideologue. Italian psychiatric witnessed dramatic changes as a result of Basaglia’s work. Another result is the innovation of work cooperatives run by and for individuals with psychiatric disabilities all around Italy which have become heralded as models for social enterprise. Click here to study and learn more.

Topic: Vanquishing the Vexation: Navigating the Housing Question (in development)

Attaining suitable, affordable, supportive, and permanent long-term housing for loved ones with psychiatric disabilities is a vexing challenge for their families. Psychodyssey TV is developing a video series of half-hour educational programs to help families secure suitable, affordable, supportive, and permanent housing for their loved ones with psychiatric disabilities.

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