June 2014 eCast


Repository of Employment and Vocational Recovery Resources


The Repository of Employment and Vocational Recovery Resources (REVR) /resources/employment  is an online archive of employment materials with a specific focus on vocational recovery of individuals with psychiatric disabilities/behavioral health conditions.

The purpose of the REVR is to assist professionals, organizations, people with lived experience, employers, researchers, administrators of behavioral health and rehabilitation programs or systems, and others in the helping professions to readily obtain relevant information vital to the employment and vocational recovery process. The Repository is designed to share available resources on a continuous basis and can be accessed by any person using a computer connected to the Internet.  REVR was developed with input from mental health administrators, family members, providers and individuals with lived experience of mental illnesses and assistance from our funding agencies (SAMHSA-CMHS and NIDRR).

Features and Organization

The REVR website is a user friendly site, organized in terms of its intended audiences, although anyone can access material in any section. Materials and links to websites that may be of interest to employers, potential and current workers, providers and administrators are presented separately. A fourth category includes resources for those audiences interested in research.

Topical information; listings of organization and networks; videos presenting the experiences of individuals as they struggled, considered, got and retained employment; links to centers that conduct relevant research; a sample of research studies and other information is available in the Repository.

The Repository is updated on an ongoing basis. We welcome new materials and information from a cross section of stakeholders at any time. New information is reviewed and added as appropriate to the purpose of the Repository. Please send any suggested additions to psyrehab@bu.edu


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Psychiatric Rehabilitation by William Anthony, Mikal Cohen, Marianne Farkas, and Cheryl Gagne.

Psychological & Social Aspects of Psychiatric Disability
edited by LeRoy Spaniol, Cheryl Gagne, and Martin Koehler.

Recovery from Severe Mental Illnesses, Volumes 1 and 2 edited by Larry Davidson, Courtenay Harding, and LeRoy Spaniol.

The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Technology for Rehabilitation Readiness that has three components Assessing Readiness, Developing Readiness, and Connecting.

Toward a Vision of Recovery that includes a 30-minute presentation on DVD, “On the Road to Recovery” by William Anthony and a companion book of six articles about recovery by William Anthony.

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Publications by Center Staff


Skill building: assessing the evidence
Lyman, D. Russell, Matthew M. Kurtz, Marianne Farkas, Preethy George, Richard H. Dougherty, Allen S. Daniels, Sushmita Shoma Ghose, and Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon. (2014). Psychiatric Services.

Skill building for adults involves multiple approaches to address the complex problems related to serious mental illness. Individuals with schizophrenia are often the research focus. The authors outline key skill- building approaches and describe their evidence base.


Uses and abuses of recovery: implementing recovery-oriented practices in mental health systems
Slade, M., Amering, M., Farkas, M., Hamilton, B., O’Hagan, M., Panther, G., … & Whitley, R. (2014). World Psychiatry, 13(1), 12-20.

Recovery involves transformation within the mental health system. Seven misuses (“abuses”) of the concept of recovery as implemented during transformation efforts in the mental health services around the world are identified by an international team.


Editorial: Improving services for parents with psychiatric disabilities: Three new opportunities in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation
Cook, J.A., & Mueser, K.T. (2014).  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 37, 1-3.


Illness management and recovery: A review of the literature
McGuire, A.B., Kukla, M., Green, A.K., Mueser, K.T., & Salyers, M.P. (2014).  Psychiatric Services, 65, 171-179.

IMR is a standardized psychosocial intervention that is designed to help people with severe mental illness manage their illness and achieve personal recovery goals. This literature review summarizes the research on consumer-level effects of IMR and articles describing its implementation.


Integrated psychiatric and medical illness self-management for adults with serious mental illness: A randomized clinical trial
Bartels, S. J., Pratt, S. I., Mueser, K. T., Wolfe, R., Santos, M. M., Naslund, J. A., Xie, H., & Riera, E. G. (2014).  Psychiatric Services, 65, 330-37.

This study evaluated the feasibility and effectiveness of an eight-month program combining training in self-management for both psychiatric and general medical illness, including embedded nurse care management.


The effects of supported employment in Latino consumers with severe mental illness
Mueser, K. T., Bond, G. R., Essock, S. M., Clark, R. E., Carpenter-Song, E., Drake, R. E., & Wolfe, R. (2014).  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 37, 113-22.

This article presents a secondary analysis of a randomized, controlled trial comparing supported employment with 2 other vocational rehabilitation programs in 3 ethnic/racial groups of participants with severe mental illness: Latinos, non-Latino African Americans, and non-Latino Whites.


Personal and societal benefits of providing peer support: a survey of peer support specialists
Johnson, G., Magee, C., Maru, M., Furlong-Norman, K., Rogers, E. S., & Thompson, K. (2014).  Psychiatric Services.

Peer-delivered services have burgeoned, and evidence of the effectiveness of peer support is increasing. However, the potential benefits to peer support specialists (PSSs) themselves are not as well understood. The authors conducted a survey of PSSs to examine potential benefits.


Using standardized patients to train telephone counselors for a clinical trial
Rogers, E. S., Gillespie, C., Zabar, S., & Sherman, S. E. (2014). BMC Research Notes, 7(1), 341.

This paper describes the methods and costs associated with using SPs to evaluate the skills of telephone counselors working on a clinical trial that evaluated a telephone smoking cessation program tailored for smokers using Department of Veterans Affairs mental health clinics.


Acceptance of mental illness: Core components of a multifaceted construct
Mizock, Lauren; Russinova, Zlatka; Millner, Uma Chandrika. (2014). Psychological Services, 11(1) 97-104.

A qualitative study was conducted with 30 participants with mental illness to clarify the construct of acceptance. Grounded theory methodology is utilized to analyze the 30 semistructured interviews.


Motivations of Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities to Work in Mental Health Peer Services: A Qualitative Study Using Self-Determination Theory
Moran, G. S., Russinova, Z., Yim, J. Y., & Sprague, C. (2014). Journal of occupational rehabilitation, 1-10.

The aim of this study was to identify what drives individuals to mental health peer work using self determination theory. Methods Motivations of 31 mental health peer workers were explored as part of a larger study.


A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Peer-Run Antistigma Photovoice Intervention
Russinova, Z., Rogers, E. S., Gagne, C., Bloch, P., Drake, K. M., & Mueser, K. T. (2014). Psychiatric Services.

Psychiatric stigma is a major barrier to the recovery of persons with serious mental illnesses. This study tested the efficacy of an innovative peer-run photography-based intervention, called anti-stigma photovoice, which targets self-stigma and promotes proactive coping with public stigma.



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