November 2012 eCast

CPR News and Recent Activity

Read an interview with our Executive Director, Kim T. Mueser, Ph.D.


“Severe mental illness affects 6 percent of Americans, but few can access the best or even adequate care.” 

CPR Director Kim Mueser plans to change that.

The full edition of INSIDE SARGENT 2012 can be downloaded at:


In a recent SAMSHA E-Newsletter Marianne Farkas, Sc.D. , a Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Director,

authored the article: 

“Promoting Choice: A Cornerstone of Recovery Facilitating Services and Interventions.”
Dr. Farkas is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Research and Training Center and Professor in Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University for over 25 years. She has authored and co-authored over 80 articles in professional journals, 4 textbooks, over a dozen book chapters and 6 multi-media training packages.
For a copy of the newsletter see: To Practice E-News_choice.pdf


Upcoming Training

Webinar: Wednesday, Dec. 5th at 3:00 p.m. EST
Offered by: Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D.,  Senior Research Specialist, Philippe Bloch, Research Coordinator, Tracy Woods and Sharon Pritchett, Peer Trainers and Cynthia Piltch, Program Graduate, BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Presenters will discuss the development and testing of a new peer-led group intervention employing a photography-based methodology titled “Anti-Stigma PhotoVoice (ASP)” .  The Anti – Stigma Photovoice is a manualized 10-week 2-hour sessions program which combines PhotoVoice methodology with psycho-educational and cognitive restructuring components.  It is taught by persons with the lived experience of mental illness who have been trained to deliver the intervention in good fidelity.
There will be a minimal charge for each workshop of $10 per session and an additional $10 if you wish to receive formal credits.

For information and registration go to:

While not required, you may be interested in purchasing relevant materials:

See /research/completed/rrtc-2004-2009/photovoice  and

A CPR FactSheet on Photovoice is located here:  Factsheet

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Webinar: Wed, Dec. 12th at 3:00 p.m. EST


Introduction to Vocational Peer Support:  A New Specialty in Peer Specialist Services
This webinar will describe the Vocational Peer Support (VPS) Training Curriculum and anecdotal experiences from five pilot trainings across the United States.  The VPS  Training is a continuing education program for Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) that prepares them to utilize their skills and personal lived experience of vocational recovery to inspire hope and model vocational recovery.
 The training teaches skills needed to support others to choose, get and keep meaningful education or employment from the unique place of one who has also walked the road, and does not duplicate services currently offered by employment specialists, rehabilitation counselors, etc.  Join us to hear about 3 years of experiences from the curriculum writers as well as training participants who are using the skills in the field.
Presenters:   Debbie Nicolellis, M.S., CRC/LRC  Project Manager , BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and

Lyn Legere, M.S., CPRP, C.P.S.   Director of Life Long Learning, Transformation Center Inc., Boston, MA. and VPS Trainee from Advocates Inc., Framingham, MA.

There will be a minimal charge for each workshop of $10 per session and an additional $10 if you wish to receive formal credits.

For information and registration go to:

Call for Articles!

The CPR Newsletter is now accepting material for its next edition.

We will be focusing on Mental Health and Careers.
Contact: Derek Fulker at for submission information

For a recent addition see:


Our Partners

Yale Arts and Literary Magazine Seeks Submissions
The Perch, a publication of the Yale University Program for Recovery and Community Health, is seeking to publish “original, creative work in a variety of genres, including but not limited to essays, poetry, fiction, and personal narratives. In addition, they welcome visual artwork and multi-media contributions for publication in the Parachute Factory section.

The Perch is a venue for individuals;  whether living with a mental illness themselves, friends or family of someone who has a mental illness, working in the mental health field, or simply interested in exploring issues related to mental health – to share their work.”

For information about specifications and guidelines as well as how to submit your work, see the source below.


Videos about PhotoVoice  from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery Program

of North Bay Regional Health Centre, North Bay, ON 

Wellness Through a holistic Lens
Peer to Peer


Internet Resources

Seven reasons why telepsychiatry is hot!

Cheap, available technology extends the reach of hard-pressed psychiatrists,

while smartphones, tablets, and devices transform consumer access and increase participation.

Parents’ Anxiety Can “Trickle Down” to Kids
A new study suggests children are at higher risk of developing anxiety

if a parent has a social anxiety disorder.

We are currently Beta Testing the employment repository

Please share your opinions with us.  Thanks!


Joan Rapp, MEd, CAGS

is currently beta-testing a new online course on Job Development and Job Retention

Ms. Rapp coordinates training in Psychiatric Rehabilitation to a wide audience of providers, researchers, consumers, families and others.This includes workshops, conferences, summit meetings, online courses, webinars and webcasts.

Her particular areas of interest are education and employment: supporting individuals in the road out of poverty.

Ms. Rapp is President Elect of the MA. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Assn. and active member of USPRA since 1976.

For information about current webinars, see /develop/webinar

or contact her directly at


We are on Facebook! 
Our Facebook site now has more than 1,250 likes from twenty countries

and reaches as many as 200,000 people per week!! 

Don’t miss special announcements and updates.

What some fans are saying:
Heidi: more inspirational quotes…love them…And often share them :o)
Cathy: “I’d like to see more (small samples) of new evidenced based practices. I’m most interested specifically around PTSD Tx”
Jacquelin: “more of everything but definitely not less of anything”
Hazel: “Great quotes inspiring info!”
Andrea: “more”
Meg: “Definitely not less….”


We now have a YouTube Channel!    Join us or subscribe at:  

The channel features some of our most popular training programs including the popular “Beyond the Shadows of Stigma”

Video access is free!


Conference Board Update

The Conference Board website is often revised and updated and includes information on the

2013 USPRA Annual Conference to be held at the  Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Georgia on June 9-12, 2013.

 Click here: