May 2013 eCast – Webinar Edition


eCast Vol. 13 No 5  Webinar Announcements

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Professional Development Program

Online Seminar

A Special Webinar:  June 19, 2013  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

“Bridging the Gap between Health and Mental Health for Persons with Serious Mental Health Conditions”

Improving the quality of life through the integration of health and mental health is one of the key goals of U.S. federal initiatives including the Affordable Health Care Act, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Integrated Health Solutions and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

In this webinar, presenters will be considering the systems, services and individual perspectives on the need and the opportunities to bridge the divide between health and mental health. The webinar will begin with an overview of research on health/mental health integration.  Following this, a person with lived experience who has been a student in the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation’s Recovery Services, will tell her story about how the absence of integration and collaboration led to serious problems.  Finally, presenters will describe the program at Boston University and how it was replicated and adapted in Arizona with approval and funding by Medicaid.  Presenters from Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation include:

Marianne Farkas, Sc.D., Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D., Director of Recovery Services and

Gloria Dickerson, Recovery Services Alumnae

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Webinar:  June 20, 2013  3:00 to 4:00 PM ET


Job Accommodations for Persons with Mental Health Conditions

What we learned from research and from JAN’s technical assistance efforts that can benefit employees with mental health conditions and their employers  This is a webinar presented by Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in conjunction with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN).  Job accommodations are any change in the work environment or in the way things are customarily done in order to remove barriers for employees with disabilities.


Joan Rapp, Coordinator Continuing Education, Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Melanie Whetzel, Senior Consultant, Cognitive / Neurological Team, Job Accommodation Network

This webinar will review the main categories of accommodations that have been typically utilized by persons with mental health conditions to improve employment results. This webinar will combine the results of a summary of quantitative and qualitative research studies and several decades of technical assistance by the two national centers (BU and JAN). Presenters will discuss promising practices revealed in the studies and emerging trends of interest to employers.  For further information see:  /develop/webinar/usbln


CPR News and Recent Activity


As part of a federal Grant, the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is putting together a Toolkit to support mental health providers in using competencies that are focused on promoting recovery. As part of that Toolkit, we are collecting specific strategies that you all may be using to promote each of the following: hope; empowerment and self-acceptance.

Strategies are activities or opportunities you might arrange with/for someone with a psychiatric disability or a person in mental health recovery that you believe helps to promote one of the above outcomes.

For example, you might arrange for a peer to come meet a person and share their story,  in order to promote hope.

You might support a person in joining a mental health Task Force in your region or agency in order to promote empowerment.

You might arrange for a person to discuss a particular experience with someone without a lived experience to compare feelings they might have had in interviewing for a job, for example, to help the person accept their own reactions as the kind of reaction anyone might have  in interviewing for a job.

What have you found to be effective?  Please indicate which (hope, empowerment or self-acceptance) your strategy is meant to promote.  Please send your strategies to Marianne Farkas,

We VERY much appreciate your input!


Webinar: Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 12 p.m. Eastern Time.

How the White Mountain Apache Tribe Addressed Youth Suicide

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Employment Repository

The Repository of Employment and Vocational Recovery Resources (REVR) is 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, Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Social Security Service, Mental Health and Employment Organizations. The site is currently being Beta-Tested and is located at .  
If you wish to help us add sites to the repository, please review our criteria and send your suggestions. Information is available at:  
For the full site see:


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This eCast was produced by CPR staff including Bernard Kingsley, Erica Ratti and William Costa.  Vol. 13 No. 5, May 2013