Education & Training

The Cole Center educates not only the general public and consumers, but also physicians-in-training,
nurses and social workers. Members of the Cole Center actively participate in the training program for
psychiatric residents throughout the Partners HealthCare System.
Cole Center members participate in "The Consumer Continuing Education Network."

The Consumer Continuing Education Network

Listening and Learning from the Voices of Mental Illness

The Cole Center invites you to participate in a variety of programs consisting of consumer lecturers
sharing their life experiences with mental illness and their journey back to life.

The Consumer Continuing Education Network is a service offered by consumer lecturers who have experienced some form of mental illness and have successfully recaptured their lives. Consumers will
present a personal journey through stigma and recovery. They will share their experiences about family,work, and illness as well as outline available resources for individuals suffering from mental illness.
These lectures are offered to businesses, high schools, hospitals, and medical schools as well as colleges,universities, community groups or anyone needing to know about mental health.

A speaker from the Consumer Continuing Education Network will arrive at your location with materials tailored to meet the mental health needs of your group. Hand-out materials will be provided for each
participant along with a list of available resources. A one hour lecture and interactive question and answer period will be designed for your specific audience. The speakers will be available for private,
confidential consultation at the end of each program. Lecturers are also available for television, radio, and internet programs.

Topics of Interest

  • Adolescent Depression
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Community Resources Available for Individuals with Mental Illness
  • Depression
  • Depression in the Workplace
  • Eating Disorders
  • Helping Companies Help Employees
  • Identifying Depression/A program for College Resident Advisors and Student Affairs Officers
  • Impact of Mental Illness on the Family
  • Innovations in the Doctor/Patient Relationship: The Consumer Perspective
  • Mental Illness and Substance Abuse/Alcoholism
  • Mental Illness and Social Stigma
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Surviving Suicidality

Contact Information

A voluntary donation to the Cole Center can be made in exchange for this valuable service. The Center is
a tax exempt 501 c3 non-for profit organization. Please Contact us
for further information.


Shervert H. Frazier, M.D.

Former Director, the National Institute of Mental Health
Psychiatrist in Chief Emeritus, McLean Hospital
"The Consumer Continuing Education Network is one of the most exciting and effective developments of this decade in the field of mental health education"

William S. Pollack, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Director, Psychology Education and the Centers for Men and Young Men, McLean Hospital
"This Consumer Education Network brings state-of-the-art information in the most user-friendly manner possible. It fills a glaring need in the community, does it with great skill and capacity and is bound to help consumers and providers."

Marylou Sudders

Former Commissioner, the Department of Mental Health,The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
"Only by eliminating the stigma of mental illness will we end the hopelessness it creates and barriers it builds to services and treatment. Silence is the partner of stigma, which makes the work of consumer lectures from the Consumer Continuing Education Network so vital to the cause. When consumers share their poignant, personal journeys through stigma and recovery, it is a powerful message for any audience."