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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Psychiatric Rehabilitation: A Means of Enabling and Including People with Severe Mental Illness

Dr. Gregory Gene Garske.

The purpose of this paper is to present a primer of some of the major concepts related to the development of psychiatric rehabilitation in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 20 percent of the population is affected by a mental disorder in a given year. About 5 Percent of the population is considered to have serious mental illness (SMI). Primarily, diagnoses include schizophrenia, affective disorders, and anxiety disorders.
While this attempt at integration may appear to be humane, communities have been slow to accept people with SMI. For example, estimates of unemployment for this population are around 85 percent. Even today, stigmatization, fear, and mistrust regarding people with SMI is commonplace. This paper will focus on the philosophy, principles, and practices of psychiatric rehabilitation. A major emphasis will be on skill development and environmental supports necessary for community integration of persons with SMI. Psychiatric rehabilitation practice should be guided by the basic philosophy of rehabilitation; that is, persons with disabilities require skills and environmental supports to fulfill the role demands of various living, learning, and working environments.


Dr. Gregory Gene Garske  (United States)
Division of Intervention Services
Bowling Green State University

Dr. Garske currently holds the rank of professor and is the Graduate Coordinator of the Guidance and Counseling Program at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

  • Psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Severe mental illness

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)