March 2014 eCast

eCast Vol. 14  No. 02

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CPR News and Recent Activity

Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation announces its Spring Workshops

– three separate workshops each part of the overall theme of


April 30- May 2, 2014 and the location is Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon St., Brookline, MA.

Wednesday, April 30Vocational Illness Management and Recovery (VIMR)

Presented by Dori Hutchinson, Director of Recovery Services and Marianne Farkas, Director of Training, Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. This workshop will “debut” a new intervention which is a modification of Illness Management and Recovery, a well-established evidenced based practice.  This is the debut of the new version of IMR was modified at Boston University to better address the needs of those who are seeking employment or who are in employment.  VIMR was piloted also in Texas, Connecticut and Colorado- these experiences will be summarized as well. Participants will learn about the VIMR approach, the modules of training and will have an opportunity to practice this approach in small and large group settings.

Thursday, May 1 – Vocational Photovoice Empowerment  

Presented by Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, Senior Trainer, Zlatka Russinova, Senior Research Specialist, Philippe Bloch, Research Coordinator, Sharon Prichette and Tracy Woods, Photovoice Instructors, Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. This team has taken their extensive Photovoice experience and applied it to a new purpose which is helping to move participants further along in their vocational recovery. Photovoice is a tool that can be helpful on an individual basis and is also used as a qualitative research tool and community education – so it has many applications.  Participants will be introduced to the process of Photovoice and how it has been applied at the Center in the past as well as for the more recent Vocational project. They will go in teams of three on a Photovoice mission in the neighborhood and then bring back to the small group to complete the process.

Friday, May 2Accommodations in the Workplace for Persons in Mental Health Recovery

Presented by Joan Rapp, Rehabilitation Training Specialist, Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Melanie Whetzel, Senior Consultant, Job Accommodation Network.  This workshop summaries all of the key research on job accommodations for persons in mental health recovery and the findings.  Ms. Whetzel will also review best practices and examples of successful accommodations.  Participants will explore solutions to employment challenges for individuals who need additional support in their employment settings. This will be done in small group settings.



Congratulations on the Publication of “Pares como compañeros de trabajo: entendiendo y respetando sus funciones”  by Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, MS; CPRP, Senior Training Associate, Director of Latino Initiatives, BU CPR and Steve Harrington, MPA; JD; Executive Director of the International Association of Peer Supporters.  VERTEX Rev. Arg. de Psiquiat


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Schizophrenia treatment approaches, challenges and the importance of early intervention

Kim T. Mueser, a clinical psychologist and Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, discussed some of these new approaches with the Pulse’s Maiken Scott.

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Many of our Seminars are open for you to attend if you are in the Boston area!

 The next seminar is: “The Psychology of Working: A New Perspective for a New Era in Rehabilitation”   Presented by David L. Blustein, PhD, Professor, Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  11:00 AM — 1:30 PM

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 940 Commonwealth Avenue West, Boston, MA 02215

Call or email us if you wish to attend. (617-353-3549)


Our Partners

New Report Tracks the Behavioral Health of America

The “National Behavioral Health Barometer” (Barometer) provides data about key indicators of behavioral health problems including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. The Barometer shows these data at the national level, and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Barometer indicates that the behavioral health of our Nation is improving in some areas. For example, the rate of prescription pain reliever abuse has fallen for both children ages 12-17 and adults ages 18-25 from 2007 to 2011 (9.2 percent to 8.7 percent and 12.0 percent to 9.8 percent, respectively).

“The Barometer is a dynamic new tool providing important insight into the ‘real world’ implications of behavioral health issues in communities across our Nation,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. “Unlike many behavioral health reports, its focus is not only on what is going wrong in terms of behavioral health, but what is improving and how communities might build on that progress.”

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SAMHSA, MacArthur Renew Commitment to Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and MacArthur are collaborating on an effort targeting the behavioral health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Propelled by the success of the collaboration’s previous two-year project to divert youth with behavioral health conditions from the juvenile justice system to community-based programs and services, the new initiative will continue to advance such reform.  See more at:

PRA announces session descriptions for the Recovery Workforce Summit:

PRA 2014 Annual Conference

Descriptions for more than 40 sessions that you can attend at the Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference have just been announced. In addition, discounted early bird pricing is available until March 27, which means now is the perfect time for you to start convincing your employer to send you to the Recovery Workforce Summit in Baltimore from June 22-25. Anyone who has attended a PRA conference will tell you it’s one of the most inspiring, rejuvenating and innovating experiences in psychiatric rehabilitation. It’s the only conference designed for psychiatric rehabilitation professionals in all areas and at all career levels. Check out the session descriptions and learn how to convince your employer. 

The Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference is listed on our Conference Board.


Internet Resources

A PDF edition of this eCast with full graphics is now available at

Study reveals women with mental health disability may face 4-fold risk of abusive relationship

Women with a severe mental health-related disability are nearly four times more likely to have been a victim of intimate partner violence than those without a disability, according to a new study by Women’s College Hospital researcher Janice Du Mont and co-author Tonia Forte.  See more at:


The largest study of mental-health risk ever conducted among the U.S. military has found that many soldiers suffer from some form of mental illness, and rates of many of these disorders are much higher in soldiers than in civilians.

The study’s findings, related to suicide attempts and deaths, were released in a series of three reports published in this week’s edition of JAMA Psychiatry.  Authors found significant differences in the rates of disorders like major depression, intermittent explosive disorder and post-traumatic stress, said Harvard epidemiologist Ronald Kessler, the lead author on one of the studies.  See:

New Guide for Mayors: Fighting Behavioral Health Problems

Preventing, treating, and supporting recovery from behavioral health problems is essential for communities to be healthy, safe, and successful. Mayors and municipal leaders have an important role in providing leadership and support for their community’s behavioral health needs. To address these needs, SAMHSA has released “Mayors’ Resource Guide on Behavioral Health Issues.” The guide helps ensure that mayors and municipal leaders have the information they need to address the behavioral health needs of their community’s children, adults, and families. They can do this by supporting the prevention and treatment of mental illness and recovery from mental illness.  Unaddressed behavioral health problems may have a negative effect on the economy of cities, towns, and counties. Related costs may increase across systems, including health care, emergency and social services, special education, services for homelessness, law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and health insurance for municipal employees. In addition, behavioral health problems may impact the productivity of local businesses and their health care costs, impede the ability of children and youth to succeed in school, and lead to family and community disruption.


The January issue of Health Communication Science Digest (HCSD or Digest) is now available at


Making Sense of Voices 

Maastricht Interview Training: A Three-Day Workshop for Clinical Providers & Other Supporters.  March 31st, April 1st, & April 2nd*  Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, Massachusetts


A new newsletter is available: Job Development and Job Retention for Persons in Recovery.   Click here for the newsletter.  Or go to


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Proceedings: State of the Science Meeting On Policy And Employment For Individuals With Psychiatric Disabilities

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University conducted a meeting at Georgetown University on September 25-26 2013, about the role of disability policy in facilitating or hindering the early working careers of people with psychiatric disabilities. The meeting was a key activity of a 5-year project to explore the utility of an Internet-based Employment Learning Community vis-a-vis employment for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Three topics were selected that were critical to answering the overarching question:

1. The relationship between financial/medical assistance policies and public benefits and employment outcomes/status, i.e., Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), & Medicaid etc.

2. The relationship of policies and the delivery of effective interventions for individuals early in their working careers.

3. The relationship of policies and career development activities (e.g. identifying careers; education and training for careers; retention and promotion).

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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, and Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Social Security Service, Mental Health and Employment Organizations. The Employment Repository is moving to a new home: /resources/employment/welcome


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This eCast was produced by CPR staff including Bernard Kingsley and William Costa.

This eCast and numerous products of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation are supported by a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (NIDRR/CMHS).

The eCast contents do not represent the policies of these Federal agencies and readers should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

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