Webinar: Adults with Severe Mental Illness (SMI)


  • Date:
    Thursday: October 6, 2011
  • Time:
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Central)
  • Duration:
    1.0 hour


  • Charlie Bernacchio
    Assistant Professor, Coordinator Rehabilitation Counseling - University of Southern Maine
  • Eileen Burker
    Associate Professor/Director, Rehabilitation Counseling & Psychology- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Jill Houghton
    Organization Development Specialist, TACE Southeast, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University


**This is the first webinar in the TACE Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Mental Health Disabilities Learning Community Series

During this webinar, participants will gain a basic understanding of Severe Mental Illness (SMI) and become conversant with limitations/barriers due to psychiatric conditions, evidence-based practices and strategies for managing these mental illnesses.

Topics include:

  • DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic criteria for 3 types of SMI:
    • Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, Major Depressive Disorder
    • Impact of each of the 3 disorders on family, social, & vocational functioning 
  • Best evidence-based practice (EBP) for the 3 disorders and links to additional resources
    • 5 models that focus on adults with SMI
      • Illness management recovery
      • ACT
      • Family psychoeducation
      • Integrated dual diagnosis
      • Supported Employment
  • Psychiatric symptom management strategies for recovery and independent living
    • Med adherence
    • Recovery-oriented approaches
  • Stigma due to public and self-perception
  • Suggestions/recommendations for rehabilitation counselors
    • Examples of peer support in other states
    • Recovery movement
    • Peer support services
      • Wrap plan
    • Natural supports

Materials & Resources

Recording of Webinar

**NOTE: If this is your first time using Elluminate, review: How to View the Recording of the Webinar.


PowerPoint Presentation

Supplementary Materials

Family & Mental Illness- Focus on Family Education and Support: Consequences of subjective and objective burden

Illness Management Strategies by IMR Module