April 2014 eCast

eCast Vol. 14   No. 03

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Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation announces its Spring Workshops
The dates are April 30- May 2, 2014 and the location is Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon St., Brookline, MA.
6 Credit hours for CRC, CPRP, LICSW, LCSW, LSW & LSWA per workshop. Price is per workshop.
Contact Sue McNamara with questions (617) 358-2574.

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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.

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Racial and Ethnic Cultural Factors in the Process of Acceptance of Mental Illness
Lauren Mizock, Ph.D. & Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D.
Qualitative case narrative methodology was used to identify themes related to the cultural facilitators and barriers in the acceptance process. Five participant narratives are presented to assist practitioners in applying these findings to rehabilitation counseling.      http://rcb.sagepub.com/content/56/4/229


A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Peer-Run Antistigma Photovoice Intervention
Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D.; E. Sally Rogers, Sc.D.; Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D.; Philippe Bloch, M.Ed.; Keith M. Drake, Ph.D.; Kim T. Mueser, Ph.D.





Mental health needs to break out of shadows

The Times-Union

In the world of healthcare, there aren’t many secrets left. We talk openly about alcoholism and addiction. We have breast cancer month. We can talk in public about our heart attacks and surgeries. We even can talk about the colon and prostate gland. But mental illness? A few celebrities have spoken about depression, yet these subjects haven’t entered the mainstream. In a major study being led by Jacksonville Community Council Inc., participants have heard the big picture from physicians and mental health providers.



SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $30 million in grants to help people experiencing homelessness 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2014 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals – Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI-SSH). The program’s purpose is to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation and community infrastructures that integrate treatment and services for substance use, co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for the following: veterans who experience homelessness or chronic homelessness, and other individuals (non-veterans) who experience chronic homelessness.





Formerly Homeless Teach Students “A Person is a Person”

“The Behavioral Health Counseling Program teaches you that a person is a person,” said Alison Reynolds, a student in the College’s Behavioral Health Counseling Program. This key understanding is helping Reynolds and her classmates in BACS 420, a course called Psychiatric Rehabilitation Competencies, to work with formerly homeless clients, some of whom have challenging personal histories involving addictions, criminal records, and mental illness diagnoses.



Help recognize consumer/peer leaders and television and film professionals who educate the public about behavioral health.

Their work and personal stories of resilience demonstrate that people with mental and/or substance use disorders can and do recover and lead meaningful lives.


If you know of a consumer/peer leader who has made outstanding contributions in all of the following areas, please nominate that person for a 2014 Voice Award.



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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



This eCast was produced by CPR staff.

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).

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