January 2013 eCast


Call for Papers: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal has issued a call for Papers: Special issue on Illness/Wellness Self-Management. The Editors of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal are soliciting papers for a special issue that will be devoted to the topic of illness/wellness self-management in people with a serious mental illness.

Papers addressing self-management of either psychiatric or physical conditions, or both, are welcomed. High quality research on the development, pilot or feasibility testing, adaptation, controlled evaluation, or dissemination of programs designed to teach illness/wellness self-management is sought, with priority given to rigorously-conducted randomized controlled trials. Manuscripts addressing other aspects of illness/wellness self-management are also sought, such as studies using qualitative research methods, first-person accounts, economic analyses, policy-based papers, and research evaluating the associations between self-management and other domains of psychiatric or physical illness.

All papers will be peer reviewed, and should be submitted through the Manuscript Submission Portal, under the Instructions to Authors at: http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/prj

Submissions should follow the standard guidelines for PRJ. Please state in the cover letter that the manuscript is to be considered for publication for the special issue on illness/wellness self-management. The deadline for submission of papers is April 1, 2013, with the plan to publish the special issue later in 2013.


CPR News and Recent Activity

New Addition to the Employment Repository

The Repository of Employment and Vocational Recovery Resources (REVR) will be an online archive of employment materials with a specific focus on vocational recovery. It is being designed for a variety of users including Persons with Lived Experience, Peer Support Personnel, and Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Social Security Service, Mental Health and employment organizations. The site will also be useful for advocacy groups in their work to create more vocational recovery-oriented systems. The site is currently being Beta-Tested but a significant part of it is located at http://www.bu.edu/cpr/employment/home1.html which you can view now. If you wish to help us add sites to the repository, please review our needs and send your suggestions. More information is available at: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/employment/subpages/contribution.html For the full site see: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/employment/index.html


Working for the Underdog

“SAR prof wants to change treatment for severely mentally ill”. Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation director Kim Mueser is featured in BU Today for his efforts in pursuing opportunities for curriculum development programs to ensure that future mental health practitioners are being taught the latest, most effective treatment methods. For the full story see: http://www.bu.edu/today/2013/working-for-the-underdog/


Seminar Series

The CPR often holds seminars and you are most invited to attend if you are in the Boston Area. As an example: On Wednesday, February 6th at 3:30 p.m., Alexis Henry and her colleagues from the Center for Health Policy and Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School will discuss their research finding from a statewide initiative in supported education.  Seminars are announced on our Facebook Page



New Course and Software in Development

We are currently beta-testing an online course on: Job Development and Job Retention. The course is being managed in an educational program called Moodle ( moodle.org ). We are considering changing that to use a program called Blackboard ( www.blackboard.com ). If you have experience with either of these programs, we would be interested in knowing you thoughts on them.  Send your comments to bernardk@bu.edu


Our Partners

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $750,000 per year in STOP Act grants aimed at preventing alcohol use among underage youth in communities across the nation.

The STOP Act program was created to strengthen collaboration among the federal, state, local and tribal governments and communities to more effectively reduce alcohol use among youth. This mission includes disseminating timely information to communities about state-of-the-art practices and initiatives that are proven to be effective in preventing and reducing alcohol use among youth. The STOP Act program enhances, not supplants, effective local community initiatives for preventing and reducing alcohol use among youth. SAMHSA anticipates providing funding up to $50,000 annually in individual grants for up to 15 grantees for up to a four-year period. Actual amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

For information go to http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1301070749.aspx


NAMI is a valuable resource for parents searching for help in a labyrinthine and bewildering mental health care system.


The article: A lifeline for parents is concerned with information about a children’s mental health and may be of interest to you.


Quality Improvement Measurement of Outcomes for People With Disabilities

Now Available: The Final Report on Closing the Quality Gap Series: Quality Improvement Measurement of Outcomes for People With Disabilities is available in PDF format from the Interagency Committee on Disability Research at http://www.icdr.us/


Internet Resources

Join the Canadian Campaign to Defeat Depression.
To learn more about the Defeat Depression Campaign go to: http://defeatdepression.ca/join-campaign/


SAMHSA’s Working Definition of Recovery Updated
“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
http://blog.samhsa.gov/2012/03/23/defintion-of-recovery-updated/ and also:


Masters in Counseling Scholarships and College Grants available


From USPRA: School-based Tele-health brings psychiatry to rural Georgia


Text Messaging to Improve Teen Health
A new study attempts to turn teens’ use of text messaging into a way in which educational information about nutrition and physical activity is delivered to teens.
See http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/01/21/text-messaging-to-improve-teen-health/50628.html


Lincoln’s Great Depression
Abraham Lincoln fought clinical depression all his life, and if he were alive today, his condition would be treated as a “character issue”—that is, as a political liability. His condition was indeed a character issue: it gave him the tools to save the nation.  See the full article:


Conference Board Update
The conference board is updated on a monthly basis.

To give us information about conferences, or to provide information which might be used in an upcoming eCast, please contact us at psyrehab@bu.edu


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