June 2012 eCast

CPR News and Recent Activity

Marianne Farkas, Sc.D., C.P.R. Director of Training, Dissemination and Technical Assistance, will be a speaker at the 11th Congress of World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), to be held in Milan on 10-13 Nov. 2012. 

The Congress title is “Change thinking, Change practice Change services”

In this congress, original foundations, past developments, current vision and future prospects of long-term care and rehabilitation of people experiencing severe mental disorders will be critically reviewed. The scientific program will follow the rich tradition of WAPR past congresses held since 1986.

For details go to http://www.wapr2012.org/ 


A complete brochure on the conference is available at: http://www.wapr2012.org/wordpress/app/uploads/2012/04/ENG-Wapr-Singole.pdf


Other Conferences can be found at our Conference Board:

The Conference Board website has been revised and updated.


To let us know about a conference, email us at psyrehab@bu.edu

New Program Helps Reduce Stigma of Getting Care

A guidebook and DVD for African Americans with mental health concerns provides educational material while addressing the still-pervasive stigma that often keeps people from seeking treatment. While emotional strength and determination have enabled many members of the black community to overcome great adversity throughout history, African Americans are still just as likely to suffer from a mental illness as white Americans. This is just one of the facts highlighted in Mental Health: A Guide for African Americans and Their Families, a new free public-education tool developed by APA in partnership with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Mental Health: A Guide for African Americans and Their Families” is available via e-mail at apa@psych.org or by phone at (888) 357-7924. The guidebook and a video of the DVD content are also available for download on APA’s Web site at www.psychiatry.org/practice/professional-interests/diversityomna/diversity-resources/—-mental-health–a-guide-for-african-americans-and-their-families

PVR Updates

Can’t come to Boston?

We now have followers of our Facebook page in many, many locations and we could bring the Boston University Certificate Program to almost all of them.

Our Certificate Program can now be delivered within your organization, tailored to the unique needs and to the goals of your staff. 

Past programs have been  close to Boston (Worcester, MA,) and far away: Singapore and Toronto.    

Check out http://www.bu.edu/cpr/training/vocrehab/PVRC_on_the_road.html  for more details on the BU Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation.

Currently, most followers of our Facebook page are located in these countries: United States of America, Canada, Italy, Australia, Portugal, Egypt, Denmark, United Kingdom, Norway, Taiwan, India, Netherlands, Spain, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Palestine, Puerto Rico, and Pakistan.

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From Medicalxpress.com:  Behavioral support from peers and primary care office staff can help patients improve their blood pressure control by as much as starting a new drug, a new study found.

“The randomized, controlled trial examined whether six months of intervention — behavioral support from peers and primary care office staff — could benefit African-American patients who had poor control of systolic pressure despite one to two years of prescriptions and office visits. Systolic pressure is the force of the blood against vessels as the heart contracts. “These patients had previously failed to have their blood pressure controlled despite physicians continuing to intensity their medications, so we decided that adding more medicine just wasn’t going to work,” Dr. Turner said. “You start to think, what other things could I do for this person rather than just pills?” The team focused the behavior support intervention especially on lowering blood pressure because it can be severe, even deadly, in its consequences…”   The Study was done by Barbara J. Turner, M.D., M.S. Ed., M.A., M.A.C.P., of UT Medicine School. For more information see: