July eCast Webinar Announcements

eCast Vol. 13 July 2013

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Online Education

Update of Webinar

Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation invites Employment Specialists, or anyone involved with helping those in recovery obtain and retain jobs, to register for our new distance learning course on Job Development and Job Retention for Persons in Recovery.  

We anticipate beginning in early September, 2013, once a class of 20 participants has registered. The registration period for this class is July 10 to August 31st.   The course includes six discussion web meetings in addition to the online components.  The curriculum has been piloted in 4 states with 6 programs and now is ready to launch.

For information or registration please click here for the website  or contact the instructor, Joan Rapp, at 617-353-3549


Update of Employment Repository

The Employment Repository now features new updates regarding  A Practical Guide for People with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work: A guide from the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and The Past and Future Career Patterns Of People with Serious Mental Illness: A Qualitative Inquiry by Richard C. Baron.


Now available: People Recover, An Educational Comic Book: Co-Occurring Disorders

This free graphic novella tells the story of a husband and wife concurrently dealing with co-occurring disorders.  People Recover uses the format of a comic book to present a hopeful message of recovery for people with a substance use disorder and mental illness while providing information on useful resources.    Click here to download or order.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal’s rating soars

The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) is pleased to announce that ratings for its official educational journal have increased tremendously in the past year. PRJ received an impact factor of 1.159, compared to its 2011 impact factor of 0.7646, placing the journal in a similar rank amongst journals like the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (1.176) and International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine (1.154). A joint publication of PRA, Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and the American Psychological Association (APA), PRJ publishes original contributions related to the rehabilitation, psychosocial treatment, and recovery of people with serious mental illnesses.   
For more information click here.

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Internet Resources

A full graphics edition (including pictures of our staff, organization logos) of this CPR eCast is available for viewing or download as a pdf file at:  Click here to view the PDF file


Seeking Serenity in a Patch of California Land
Health professionals and Fresno community leaders believe that gardening can help foster resiliency and a sense of purpose for refugees, especially older ones. These individuals are often isolated by language and poverty and experiencing depression and post-traumatic stress, but can find a sense of community amongst their fellow gardeners.   Click here to read the article.


Hiring Peer Support Counselors: A Bold Innovation to Enhance Access to Mental Healthcare in Rural America
State Offices of Rural Health have found that a lack of access to mental health resources is one of the leading health issues in rural areas. Peer Support can help individuals in these communities combat mental health issues, especially when part of a team of mental health professionals. Click here to read the full article.


Changes sought in laws governing psychiatry
The government of the Kingdom of Bahrain referred a proposal on enhancing psychiatric care and the rehabilitation of psychiatric patients in line with developments in more advanced countries.  click here for details


Teacher Training
Sweeping national reforms in children’s mental healthcare have yet to materialize in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, but a group of high-profile educators and policy analysts in California is mapping a plan to transform student mental health services in the state.  Click here for the full article.



Racial and Ethnic Cultural Factors in the Process of Acceptance of Mental Illness by Lauren Mizock, PhD and Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D. published online in the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, February 25, 2013
The abstract can be found by clicking here.


Motivations of Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities to Work in Mental Health Peer Services: A Qualitative Study Using Self-Determination Theory by Galia Sharon Moran, Zlatka Russinova, Jung Yeon Yim and Catherine Sprague. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, April, 2013. 
The abstract can be found online by clicking here.


EDITORIAL:  From Tragedy to Healing
Kim T. Mueser & Judith A. Cook
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
View it by clicking here.


Recovery narratives: “See How Far I’ve Come”
Narrativas de recupera: veja onde cheguei’
Richard Weingarten and Maria E. Restrepo-Toro
Cad. Saúde Colet., 2012, Rio de Janeiro, 20 (4): 448-52.


Lauren Mizock’s chapter on: “Rehabilitation Services” in Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia
Michael Shally-Jensen, Editor, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. ABC-CLIO eBook Collection. Web. 28 Jun 2013. 
Available online by clicking here.


“Toward Understanding the Impact of Occupational Characteristics on the Recovery and Growth Processes of Peer Providers”  Galia S. Moran (University of Haifa), Zlatka Russinova (Boston University), And Katherine Stepas (Boston University) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 2012, Vol. 35, No. 5, 376–380.


SPEAKING OUT: Should the Training of Clinical Psychologists Require Competence in the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Individuals With a Serious Mental Illness?
Kim T. Mueser, Steven M. Silverstein, and Marianne D. Farkas
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 2013, Vol. 36, No. 1, 54–59


Challenges Experienced by Paid Peer Providers in Mental Health Recovery: A Qualitative Study
Galia S. Moran, Zlatka Russinova, Vasudha Gidugu, and Cheryl Gagne
Community Mental Health Journal, 49(3), 281-291.
Abstract can be found online by clicking here.


Book review by Lauren Mizock:
“Voices in the Rain: Meaning in Psychosis By Marcia A. Murphy
Cedar Rapids,(Iowa: Eagle Book Bindery, 2010, 201 pages. Soft Cover $14.95)
ISBN: 978-1934333198
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Volume 35, No. 2, 155–159.


“The Double Stigma of Obesity and Serious Mental Illnesses: Promoting Health and Recovery”
Lauren Mizock, Ph. D. Boston University and Worcester State University
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 2012, Vol. 35, No. 6, 466–469.


Our Partners

United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Rebrands to Grow and Train the Recovery Workforce

The US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) is pleased to announce that, by an overwhelming vote of the membership, the organization has changed its name to the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA). The removal of the geographic designation from their name is an element of a comprehensive strategy to enhance the association’s service framework and economic trajectory to grow and train the recovery workforce. With a crystalline vision and brand, together with an aggressive expansion in the organization’s growing suite of credentialing, training and advocacy initiatives, PRA is now positioned to become an indispensable link in the worldwide recovery and wellness movement.

Over the course of the past year, the PRA Board of Directors and staff has been focused on aligning the association with best practices in key areas of mission, brand, structure, programs, and economic growth. The collective goal has been to more effectively leverage PRA as the vehicle through which members and supporters can channel their passion for and belief in the essential role of psychiatric rehabilitation in the behavioral healthcare environment.

“Growing and training the recovery workforce resides at the core of why our organization exists,” said PRA Board Chair Lisa Razzano, PhD, CPRP.  “By focusing our attention on this objective, to be the “go to” organization which grows and trains the recovery workforce, PRA can help to shape and fuel the future of psychiatric rehabilitation throughout the world.”

As PRA’s strategy is deployed, PRA will serve as the global focal point for people and organizations involved in psychiatric rehabilitation – from practitioner to CEO, academic to government, for profit and nonprofit, with values informed by lived, learned, and multicultural experience. PRA will possess a robust suite of training and learning opportunities, multiple credentialing tracks, and in-person, as well as virtual engagement opportunities for persons and organizations of differing geography, culture, education, and life experience.

“As we grow and train the recovery workforce, PRA honors its deep commitment to advancing a worldwide movement focused on consumer wellness and recovery, a central element of advancing the state and quality of mental and behavioral healthcare,” said Razzano.  For more information click here.