Derek Fulker, MA, CPRP

Senior Services Training Associate | dfulker@bu.edu

Derek completed the Post Compulsory Teacher’s Training D.Fulker-11.15Certificate at Brighton University (UK) and other specific teacher training courses during the 90’s while working as an Internal Arts Instructor (Qigong, Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan, Ba Gua Chang, Hsing I Chuan and Taoist Meditation). Derek came to the USA and BUCPR in 2002. His responsibilities at the BUCPR are developing classes and other activities, teaching and advising students; classes include Internal Arts of Qigong, Taoist Breathing and Meditation and Tai Chi Chuan; WRAP, IMR, Writing and Recovery, Movies/Film and Recovery, Painting for Wellness, Computer Seminar, Fitness, Cognitive Remediation, Embracing Loss (Mourning and Grief), Photovoice and performance based classes such as Acts of Recovery. He is responsible for organizing our student “Talent Shows” and compiling and editing of our student Newsletter, “The Center”.

Areas of Expertise

  • Designing, developing, and teaching innovative courses such as Acts of Recovery (performance as a recovery tool) and Brain Fitness (cognitive rehabilitation for recovery)
  • Providing supported education and health promotion and wellness advising
  • Teaching a variety of Internal Arts systems
  • Teaching writing, music and performance rehabilitation
  • Teaching computer education
  • Training for colleagues and other professionals in Internal Arts, relaxation, stress relief and trauma therapy
  • Editing the Center Newsletter
  • Producing The Center Talent Shows and Open Mic Sessions

Derek is an Internal Arts Instructor tutored by Master Bruce Kumar Frantzis (CA), Sifu Frank Allen (NY) and Paul Cavel (UK). He has a Masters Degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling and he is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP). He has a wide range of teaching experience in music, art, computers and the Internal Arts. He is a painter, photographer and a multi-musician recording artist.

Selected Publications

Michael A. Grodin, M.D., Linda Piwowarczyk, M.D., M.P.H., Derek Fulker, M.A., Alexander R. Bazazi, B.A., and Robert B. Saper, M.D., M.P.H. Treating Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma: A preliminary case series using Qigong and Tai Chi, September 2008, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Selected Presentations

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Recovery Workforce Summit: The State of Recovery in the World of Psych Rehab: Our Collective Vision Put Into Action. Whole Body Awareness: For Presence, Attention, Grounding and Listening Skills and for Developing Inner Silence. Derek Fulker MA, CPRP. May 24th, 2016.

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Fourteenth Annual Conference: Supporting Recovery Through a Cultural Lens: The Cognitive Remediation Tool Box. Derek Fulker MA, CPRP. November 5th 2015.

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Fourteenth Annual Conference: Supporting Recovery Through a Cultural Lens. Whole Body Awareness: For Presence, Attention, Grounding and Listening Skills and for Developing Inner Silence. Derek Fulker MA, CPRP.  November 5th 2015.

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Thirteenth Annual Conference: Supporting the Recovery Workforce Toward Lifelong Learning. The Cognitive Remediation Tool Box. October 16, 2014.

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Thirteenth Annual Conference: Supporting the Recovery Workforce Toward Lifelong Learning. Ultimate Mindfulness: Whole Body Awareness for Presence, Attention, Grounding and Listening Skills and for Developing Inner Silence.  October 16, 2014.

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Twelfth Annual Conference 2013. Connections for Life: Recovery and Community Partnership.  The Implementation of Qigong in a Recovery Oriented Program, Derek Fulker, Training Associate and Mat Guenther, Training Associate, BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. October 29th, 2013.

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Eleventh Annual Conference 2012. The Paradox of Risk: Recovery and Rehabilitation Through Shared Responsibility: The Implementation of Tai Chi in a Recovery Oriented Program, Derek Fulker, Training Associate and Mat Guenther, Training Associate, BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  October 18, 2012.

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Ninth Annual Conference 2010, Putting Our Collective Vision into Action: Enriching lives in the Community, Qigong, Trauma & Recovery, Derek Fulker, Training Associate, Jake Briggs, Administrative Assistant BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  October 27 & 28, 2010.

Alternatives 2008, Adam’s Mark Hotel, Buffalo, New York. The Role of The Internal Arts for Health Wellness and Recovery, Derek Fulker, Training Associate, BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  October 29 – November 2, 2008.

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation’s Conference, “Innovations to Practice: The Promise and Challenge of Achieving Recovery for All.” Combating Stigma and Discrimination: Using the Power of Photovoice, Zlatka Russinova, Senior Research Associate; Derek Fulker, Training Associate; Cheryl Gagne, Senior Training Associate; Catherine Imbasciati, Instructor; Abdellah RamRam, former student; Alexandra Bowers, Former Training Associate, BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. April 15, 2008.

18th Annual International Trauma Conference, PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA: Neuroscience, Attachment and Therapeutic Interventions. Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong for Self-Regulation and Grounding in Complex Trauma, Michael A. Grodin, MD,  Derek Fulker, MA, Dan Kleiman, Robert Saper, MD, MPH, Lin Piwowarczyk, MD, MPH, Bill Robertson, Alan Dougall.
June 20-23, 2007.

The Trauma Center, Boston, Internal Energy Arts as a Treatment for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma. Joint Presentation by: Michael A. Grodin, M.D and Derek Fulker, M.A.  April 5, 2007.

Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Internal Energy Arts as a Treatment for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma. Joint Presentation by: Michael A. Grodin, M.D and Derek Fulker, M.A.  April 2, 2007.

HMS Osher Institute, The Internal Energy Arts (Tai Chi, Qi Gung, Ba Gua) and the Treatment of Survivors of Torture & Refugee Trauma. Joint Presentation by: Michael A. Grodin, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry Director Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health; Derek Fulker, M.A. Internal Arts Instructor; Robert Saper, M.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor Director of Integrative Medicine Boston University Medical Center. February 8, 2007.



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