Psychiatric Rehabilitation: An Emerging Academic Discipline

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Psychiatric rehabilitation is an emerging profession and academic discipline. This paper provides an overview of the need for psychiatric rehabilitation education, the workforce challenges this field faces and an introduction to the various efforts that institutions of higher education are making to meet this need. This paper also introduces some empirical findings in this area, reviewing three previously published evaluations of academic programs, and providing preliminary results of an unpublished evaluation from an American university with a career ladder in this field. The results of these evaluations suggest positive impact on the careers of the students, who appear to be knowledgeable and competent in psychiatric rehabilitation. More detailed evaluations of this education on the service outcomes of persons with serious mental illness are warranted as are studies of the methods of instruction used to develop the needed skills and attitudes. Replication of these existing academic programs should be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-102
Number of pages9
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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