August 2012 eCast

Recovery in the News

Online Seminar Available

The Self-Directed Psychiatric Rehabilitation Activities online seminar is designed to facilitate personal exploration, either independently or with support, through the process of considering, choosing, getting, and keeping a preferred living, learning, working, or social role.

For more information see:   /resources/courses/self-directed-activities 

BU Sargent College, CPR researcher was awarded an NIMH Grant which aims to improve employment opportunities for those with severe mental illness.  See:


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Psychiatric Rehabilitation and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

A PDF document by the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

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Watch the July Road to Recovery Program: Ready, Willing, and Able To Work: Employment for People in Recovery

For individuals in recovery from mental or substance use disorders, employment is often an essential part of the recovery process. Employment increases a person’s self-worth, stabilizes living circumstances, and facilitates integration with the community. Being unemployed is associated with increased rates of mental disorders and with higher rates of substance use disorders and relapse. In the current job market, employment challenges for people in recovery are greater than ever. This show will explore a range of topics related to meeting those challenges, including skills training, career building, having a “recovery job” that bridges the gap between unemployment and full employment, volunteerism as a pathway to employment, and starting a business. The show will examine the barriers and challenges faced by some people in recovery—those without a high school or college degree, those with a criminal history, and those who have been out of the workforce for a long time. Innovative approaches to addressing employment issues will be highlighted: recovery entrepreneurship programs, employers who target hiring individuals in recovery, and recovery community organizations that help with skills training and job placement.  Click here to view the program


Internet Resources 

“Web-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression With and Without Telephone Tracking in a National Helpline”.  Louise Farrer, Ph.D. Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University.

Objective: To report the secondary outcomes of a trial of a Web-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) intervention for depression, including hazardous alcohol use, quality of life, stigma, depression literacy, and CBT literacy.

“Effectiveness of an Online Group Course for Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults: A Randomized Trial” Rianne van der Zanden, MSc;  Jeannet Kramer, PhD;  Rob Gerrits, MSc;  and Pim Cuijpers, PhD

Abstract: Depression is a serious mental health problem, whose first onset is usually in adolescence. Online treatment may offer a solution for the current under-treatment of depression in youth. For adults with depressive symptoms, the effectiveness of Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy has been demonstrated. This study is one of the first randomized controlled trials to investigate the effectiveness online depression treatment for young people with depressive complaints and the first to focus on an online group course.

Aging Boomers’ Mental Health Woes Will Swamp Health System: Report

(via HealthDay News) — The United States faces an unprecedented number of aging baby boomers with mental health or substance use issues, a number so great it could overwhelm the existing health care system, a new report warned.  “The report is sufficiently alarmist,” said Dr. Gary Kennedy, director of geriatric psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. “I think [the report authors] are right.”

Training in mental illness self-management reduces depression, anxiety

Researchers from the University of Illinois and the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery in Brattleboro, Vt., recently published an assessment of a self-management intervention with an educational component that provides peer support and focuses on identifying wellness resources, symptom triggers, and warning signs of illness exacerbation. The program is called Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP), and its goal is to increase self-perceived recovery and promote a healthy lifestyle.  See:

Cook J, Copeland M, Floyd C, et al. “A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Effects of Wellness Recovery Action Planning on Depression, Anxiety, and Recovery.” Psychiatr Serv. 2012. April 15 [Epub ahead of print].


Recent Publications

Recent Publications by CPR Staff:

Crawford, K., Bennasar, M., & Mizock, L. (2012) “Cultural competence in behavioral health disaster response: The challenge, the opportunity”. Behavioral health response to disasters. CRC Press, Taylor and Frances Group.

Gottlieb, J., Mueser, K., and Glynn, S., “Family Therapy for Schizophrenia: Co-Occurring Psychotic and Substance Use Disorders”.  Article published online: 12 APR 2012

Mizock, L., & Harkins, D. (2012). “Researcher race: Social constructions in the research process”. Information Age Publishing, Cultural Psychology Series. Foreword by Jill Friedman & Gene Combs. Preface by Jaan Valsiner. 

Mizock, L., Millner, U., & Russinova, Z. (2012). “Spiritual and religious issues in psychotherapy with schizophrenia: History, culture, and practice.” Religions, 3(1), 82-98.

Moran G. S. & Alon, U. (2011). “Playback Theater and Recovery in Mental Health: preliminary evidence.” The Arts in Psychotherapy 38, 318- 324.

Moran, G., Russinova, Z., Gidugu, V., Yim, J.Y., & Sprague, C. (2012). “Benefits and mechanisms of recovery among peer-providers with psychiatric illnesses”. Qualitative Health Research, 22(3), 304-319.

Peltier, M., & Mizock, L. (2012). “Fox’s More to Love: Pseudo-fat acceptance in reality television”. Somatechnics: Multidisciplinary Scholarship on ‘The Body,’ 2(1), 93-106.

Russinova, Z., Griffin, S., Bloch, P., Wewiorski, N.J., & Rosoklija, I. (2011). “Workplace prejudice and discrimination toward individuals with mental illnesses”. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 35(4), 1-15.

Shipherd, J., Mizock, L., Maguen, S., & Greene, K. (2012). “Male-to-female transgender veterans and VA health care utilization”. International Journal of Sexual Health, 24, 78-87.

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