May 2013 eCast


Vol. 13 No 4

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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!


A Special Webinar 

June, 2013 (Exact date to be announced) 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. 

For information contact Joan Rapp at

“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

Gloria Dickerson, Recovery Services Alumnae

For information contact Joan Rapp at


A brief video presentation featuring Marianne Farkas, Sc.D., Director of Training and Technical Assistance (pictured) can be found at:


We are pleased to announce, on behalf of Executive Director Kim Mueser, that Deborah Dolan will be joining the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as the new Director of Operations.


Go Hug a “Comfort Dog” And Make Yourself Feel Better About Everything

Marjorie Jacobs from BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation explains the feelings of comfort people experience from therapy dogs:

“Those feelings of comfort people experience when petting the dogs come from chemicals being released in the brain” according to Marjorie Jacobs, a training associate at Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. “When we are hyper vigilant and alert the body is releasing [many different chemicals].  And when in the company of a calm animal, it elicits a relaxation response. You settle in, you’re not hyper vigilant” she says. “Also there is that unconditional love and attention and support that the animals give.”  See the full article:


Our Partners

Photos of the MassPRA 2013 Meeting held at the College of the Holy Cross are available for viewing on our Facebook Page

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $23.5 million in Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals for States grants.  For information see:

The CDC mobile application puts health information at your fingertips. It features important health articles, Disease of the Week, popular journals, prevention tips, and updates timed with important health concerns and events throughout the year. It also provides easy access to social media so you can share stories, links, podcasts, and videos with your friends and family. In an increasingly mobile world, you will have 24/7 access to timely, vital health information so you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Download it free today on iOS, Android and Windows 8 tablets:

National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This observance is an opportunity to join with other individuals, organizations, and coalitions in your community to promote prevention efforts, educate others about behavioral health issues, and create and strengthen community partnerships. It will take place May 12-18, 2013. This  year’s theme, “Your voice. Your choice. Make a difference.” emphasizes that the prevention of substance abuse and promotion of mental health starts with the choices each of us makes in our own life. Through our choices, we can set an example of health and well-being for others. With our voices, whether spoken or written, we can raise awareness of behavioral health issues and help create healthier and safer communities.

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $23.5 million in Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals for States grants.  For information see:



“Conceptualization and Measurement of Mental Health Providers’ Recovery-Promoting Competence: The Recovery Promoting Relationships Scale (RPRS)” by Zlatka Russinova and E. Sally Rogers, Boston University, Karon F. Cook, University of Washington, Marsha Langer Ellison, University of Massachusetts, and Asya Lyass.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 2013 American Psychological Association 2013, Vol. 36, No. 1, 7–14.


Depression and Anxiety are Persistent Problems at Universities

Depression and anxiety remain serious problems affecting nearly a quarter of BU students, according to data from a 2012 mental health survey-statistics that reflect a national trend. But there is encouraging news: more students are seeking help. And the University has stepped up efforts to identify and treat students in crisis. This newsletter article features Dori Hutchinson of the BU CPR. For a PDF version, go to:


Internet Resources

Yoga might help boost mental health
The practice can help calm your mind and could make it easier to deal with issues such as anxiety, depression and stress.


“Families and First Break: An Evolving Role”
The changing role of the family and how the family unit may help or harm a disturbed and/or disturbing member is examined. The authors use their personal experiences as mental health professionals, user/survivors and family members to inform their critique. A brief history of family involvement; how the family has been perceived and worked with by mental health professionals – is followed by a description of present day practices. The paper concludes with speculation about alternatives in which quality of life for all of the family members may be more possible.


How therapy can help in the golden years (The New York Times)

Many seniors are seeking psychological help late in life. Most never set foot near an analyst’s couch in their younger years. But now, as people are living longer, and the stigma of psychological counseling has diminished, they are recognizing that their golden years might be easier if they alleviate the problems they have been carrying around for decades.



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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