SAR RC 714 Psychiatric Rehabilitation III
Patricia B. Nemec, Psy.D., C.R.C., C.P.R.P.
Fall 2006
Office: 617/353-7487
Wednesdays 7-10 pm
Home: 781/641-0524
(alternating weeks with RC 704)
email: [email protected]
Assignment Due
Introduction and Review (with 1st year) Preview RC715 (Implementation Project)
Review Skills; Overview for DST (Direct Skills Teaching); DST: Outlining Content
#1: Mini-FA; Worksheet(s)-Self-Assessment
DST: Planning the Lesson
#2: Content Outline
DST: “Coaching” Practice; Overview for Programming Skill Use: Id. Barriers
#3: Lesson Plan
Programming Skill Use: Review Id. Barriers; Developing the Program
#4: Worksheet(s)-Barriers
Programming Skill Use: Interactive Practice
#5a: Worksheet(s)-Program
#5b: Agency Procedures
Summary / Review (last class)
#6: Final Project
Office Hours: by appointment.
Course objectives:
• Students will be able to state the mission and philosophy of psychiatric rehabilitation.
• Students will be able to describe the psychiatric rehabilitation process.
• Students will demonstrate how to facilitate development of the skill(s) that are critical for success and satisfaction in an individual’s environment of choice.
• Students will be able to identify key implementation issues related to skill development in psychiatric rehabilitation.
Courseinfo site: Go to the BU Course Info web site ( do not use the “www.” Log on using your BU login name and your Kerberos password. You will find the syllabus, information on assignments, worksheets, and other relevant information. Also, from time to time, links will be added to interesting web sites.
RC 714—Psychiatric Rehabilitation III
Patricia B. Nemec
Grading: Course grades are based on class participation as well as satisfactory completion of all assignments. While points are not deducted for late assignments, promptness will be considered when evaluating your ability to take responsibility as a rehabilitation professional. Assignments turned in on time will be returned promptly. Late assignments will be graded at the convenience of the instructor, with no promise made as to timely return. Keep in mind that feedback on one assignment is often needed prior to beginning the next assignment. The following weights are used in calculating the final grade:
Class Participation
Assignments # 1-6
Assignment # 7 (final project)
Grading Scale:
A =
95 or better
B+ =
C+ =
D =
A- =
B =
C =
F =
below 65
C- =
Class participation: Ratings consider in-class behavior, attentiveness, and responsiveness to classmates, taking responsibility for own learning, completing assignments on time (part of being prepared for class discussions), willingness to participate in practices, and responses to questions posed by the instructor(s).
Assignments: A listing of assignments is distributed at the start of the semester to allow students the opportunity to plan their workloads in conjunction with requirements for other courses. Assignments may change, however, to meet the needs of the individuals in the class. Any difficulties created by such changes should be discussed with the instructors.
Textbooks: You will need to order the textbook on your own:
Bellack, A.S., Mueser, K.T., Gingerich, S., & Agresta, J. (2004). Social skills training for schizophrenia. NY: Guilford Press. ISBN 1-57230-846-X 9 [see]
Other course materials will be distributed in class on the first day.
In addition, students must have an audiotape recorder (preferably with an external microphone) and 90-minute cassette tapes, access to course materials for RC606, and access to course materials for RC706-707.
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Assignment # 1a, due 9/20/06: “Mini F.A.”
Conduct a “mini functional assessment” with an individual who uses services at your agency. This should be with a new person, who hasn’t participated in a psych rehab assignment in the past (RC704 or RC705). You might wish to discuss with your supervisor how to go about selecting and inviting someone. Involve the person as much or as little as is reasonable, considering the individual’s needs and preferences, and your role at your agency. Keep in mind that this assignment is to demonstrate your mastery of course content from RC704 and RC705.
Identify the goal environment, and list/describe at least three skills. Provide any performance data (or estimates of performance) that you have. Turn in any relevant worksheets, and be sure to white out all identifying information.
Assignment # 1b, due 9/20/06: Personal Worksheet(s)—Self-Assessment
Submit a “mini functional assessment” on yourself. Use the goal environment of the psych rehab specialization program. List and describe at least one skill strength, one skill deficit, one resource strength, and one resource deficit. (Tip: Read through the course outline for RC715 as a way of considering essential requirements).
List any questions that you still have about the psychiatric rehabilitation process, especially about conducting a functional assessment, and/or about RC715.
Optional: You may work with your classmate(s) on this assignment in order to review the content covered in RC704 and RC705. If you do work with one or more of your classmates, include a description (1-2 paragraphs) of what you did together, along with the advantages and disadvantages of working with your classmate(s).
Assignment # 1c, due 9/20/06: Reading
Read Chapters 1-4 in the textbook.
Write lists (or a brief descriptions of 1-2 paragraphs each) of the similarities and differences between the assessment process described in Chapter 3, and the functional assessment process that you learned and practiced last year in RC705.
Assignment # 2, due 10/4/06: Content Outline
Select a skill for writing a content outline (this assignment) and a lesson plan (next assignment). This should be a skill that is relevant to at least one person who uses the services of your internship agency (Hint: look at your “mini FA” and the skill deficits identified for individuals as part of your previous assignments). Write a content outline for the selected skill.
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Assignment # 3, due 10/18/06: Lesson Plan
Write a lesson plan for the skill outlined in the previous assignment. Choosing a different skill is acceptable, with permission of the instructor. Note: Start your lesson plan early, even though you have three weeks between classes here! Make an appointment for help and/or editing if you need it. Asking for assistance from your classmates is acceptable. Limit your work time to about three hours. At minimum, you need to turn in the “O” and the “P” for at least one skill behavior (from “R-O-P-E-S”), although you should try to complete the whole of “O-P-E.” If you decide you want to do the “R” and “S,” use the examples as guides.
Read Chapters 6 and 7 in the textbook. Also read (or skim) through the “Curriculum of Skills” and be prepared to discuss how you might use one of these lesson plans in your work at your internship agency. (Note: If you can’t even imagine ever using such a thing, be prepared to explain its irrelevance in great detail!)
Assignment # 4, due 11/1/06: Personal Worksheet(s)—Barriers
Using the skill deficit identified for yourself in Assignment 1b (or some other skill, once the name and description has been approved by the instructor), identify your personal barriers to successful skill performance.
Optional: You may work with a classmate on this assignment. This assignment can be difficult to do alone, so a “sounding board” can help you sort out specific barriers. If you do work with a classmate, include a description (1-2 paragraphs) of what you did together, along with the advantages and disadvantages of working with your classmate(s).
Assignment # 5a, due 11/15/06: Personal Worksheet(s)—Program
Using the skill deficit and barriers identified for yourself in Assignment 4 (or some other skill, once the name and description has been approved by the instructor), write a skill use program for yourself that will lead to successful skill performance.
Optional: You may work with a classmate on this assignment. This assignment can be difficult to do alone, so a “sounding board” can help you sort out specific barriers. If you do work with a classmate, include a description (1-2 paragraphs) of what you did together, along with the advantages and disadvantages of working with your classmate(s).
Assignment # 5b, due 11/15/06: Agency Procedures
Describe procedures at your internship agency or program for developing skills (i.e., improving performance). This is likely to be at least 2-3 pages long. Be sure to include documentation procedures (examples of blank forms, such as a rehab plan or PSTP may be included).
On a new page, write a brief (1-2 paragraphs) evaluation of the “match” of the described procedures to your understanding of psychiatric rehabilitation. Be sure to include at least one positive (an area of “good match”) and at least one area where the “match” could be improved.
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Assignment # 6, due TUESDAY 12/5/06: Final Project
This project allows you to demonstrate that you have learned the process of skill development in psychiatric rehabilitation well enough to implement it in practice. You have the option of implementing the Direct Skills Teaching and/or Programming Skill Use process with one individual, or you may implement various aspects of skill development in some other way. The instructions that follow provide a general overview of the minimal requirements for this assignment. You should include any and all supplemental information that is relevant to the presentation of your project.
Note: You may use existing lesson plans, including any available through your internship, any of the ones in the textbook or in the “Curriculum of Skills, or those available for purchase through UCLA or BCPR.**
Ideally, the project will demonstrate understanding of what you have learned through all of your courses during this semester, and all previous semesters. In designing the project, you should review materials from all courses, especially details about the psychiatric rehabilitation technology as developed at the BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. You should attend carefully to the principles related to psychosocial rehabilitation, consumer involvement, multicultural competency, ethics, language use, and any other areas that have been covered in your coursework. Your work for this project should incorporate instructor feedback from previous assignments. In other words, if earlier work had errors or weak spots, this project must demonstrate improvement in the problem area(s).
**Contact information for lesson plans:
Diana Roper
Camarillo-UCLA Research Center
PO Box 2867
Camarillo, CA 93011-2867
Phone: (805) 484-5663, Fax: (805) 484-0735
[email protected]
Sue McNamara (BCPR and CPR)
6th floor, Sargent College, BU
617/358-2574 or [email protected]
see: Practitioner Tools:Achieving Valued Roles—Compendium Version
General guidelines
There is no specific page limit, and no minimum page requirement. The final project should be presented in a folder or envelope of whatever size best fits your materials. Each page should be typed in 12-point type (Times New Roman or Ariel) and use a one-inch margin on the right If you are inserting your papers into a binder of some sort, you may use up to a 1 ½ inch margin on the left, to allow for punching holes—otherwise use a 1-inch margin on the left as well as the right. You may use whatever spacing works best (single or double), and include whatever worksheet(s) and supplemental materials are relevant.
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Include a title page (formatted as you choose) that identifies you by name. Follow the title page with a brief description of your internship agency or program, and of the individual(s) who participated in this project. Also include a one-page description (maximum) of what your project was designed to demonstrate. No person other than yourself should be identified, and your internship agency should not be named. By preparing a confidential and anonymous document, you will be able to use this project as part of your portfolio in future job applications, training you might offer, and/or implementation efforts.
You may submit as many audiotapes as you consider relevant to your project. However, you must submit at least one 30-minute audiotape (or two 15 minute audiotapes) of interaction with an individual (or a group of individuals) who uses the services of your internship agency. The content on the audiotape must be relevant to your project and must be relevant to the rehabilitation and recovery of the individual(s) on the tape. Include one transcription, using the RC 706-RC 707 format (instructions will be provided if requested), with the audiotape set and marked as required. Rate your on-tape responses using the empathy scale, include alternative responses and a brief assessment of your interpersonal skills as evidenced on the audiotape.
Prepare a description of the individual or group (maximum=2 pages single spaced), and a description of the purpose of the interaction. You may use any individual descriptions developed for previous assignments in any course(s), as long as they are edited to incorporate any instructor feedback. Include a description of the “diagnostic phase” of the psychiatric rehabilitation process, discussing (as relevant) how your experience and the experience(s) of the person(s) on the tape relate to the “ideal” process and to the typical process of diagnosis at your agency.
Remember, you will need to obtain a release using internship agency guidelines, but do not submit the release—it should go in the person’s file/record at the agency.
Summary and Self-assessment
Provide a one-page description (minimum) of what your project did demonstrate, including any surprises and regrets that you experienced. This is your chance to describe what you did, what happened, and what you would do if you had a chance to do it all over again. Describe your strengths and weaknesses on completing this project. Describe what you think is most important about what you have learned from all of the psychiatric rehabilitation specialization courses and from your internship experiences. Identify your future learning goals for next semester.
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