August 2014 eCast

Wellness and Resilience Program for College Students

The Niteo Program, a Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation initiative, is a wellness and resilience program for college students on leave for serious mental health challenges. Students living in the Boston area will attend classes at the Center and receive individualized, intensive coaching for one semester (September – December or January – April) to develop the health, academic skills, and support they need to reengage successfully at college and complete higher education. The Program offers one additional semester of follow-along services to ensure successful reentry and coordination of on-campus services.

Niteo, “thrive” in Latin, was developed by Dori Hutchinson and Larry Kohn, who’ve provided thirty years of innovative recovery services to young adults living with serious psychiatric challenges. Their work is driven by the philosophy and experience that people do recover and thrive as students when empowered to develop the critical skills and support required by competitive collegiate environments.

For more information about the Niteo Program, please contact Courtney Joly-Lowdermilk at or (617) 358-7334, or visit

NEW!! Self-Directed Skill Lessons: Skills for Participating in Groups/Classes/Activities

The Self-Directed Skills Lessons is a new product, designed to assist a person to develop his or her own skills in order to be satisfied and successful in a chosen role in residential, educational, vocational, or social settings. The outlines, examples, and practices in each skill lesson are designed to walk an individual through how to perform the skill one step at a time. These skill lessons are useful for those who want to work independently or with support. This first bundle, Skills for Participating in Groups/Classes/Activities, includes skill lessons for Asking Questions, Clarifying Information, Expressing Feelings, Expressing Opinions, and Responding to Questions. Additional skill bundles will be published in the future.

For more information, go to:

For any questions, please contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at or by phone at (617) 358-2574.

Special Issue: Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Model of Supported Employment

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Editors: Judith Cook, PhD and Kim Mueser, PhD

Guest Editors: Robert E. Drake and Gary R. Bond
2014 Volume 37, Issue 2 (June)

This issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal presents an update on individual placement and support (IPS), the evidence-based practice of supported employment for people with psychiatric disabilities. The papers in this special issue testify to the enormous potential of the IPS model. Clients, families, researchers, policy experts, practitioners, and administrators continue to identify creative ways to expand services to reach more people. The state of the art of IPS is expanding, changing, and ramifying broadly. IPS is appearing in middle-income countries in Latin America and in new populations, such as young adults with autism-spectrum disorders in Europe. Continued growth should follow the fundamental principles of values and science. First, we must honor basic values by listening to and learning from clients (Strickler, 2014), as well from IPS trainers, mental health and vocational rehabilitation leaders, and practitioners who face the daily realities of developing and sustaining recovery-oriented services (Swanson et al., 2014). Second, we must insist on rigorous research to ground our employment services in hard evidence.
(PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)

BRSS TACS Webinar:
Why Should You Hire Peer Specialists/Recovery Coaches?

September 18, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Hosted by BRSS TACS

Lori Ashcraft, Recovery Innovations
Neil Campbell, Georgia Council on Substance Abuse
Joseph Sanchez, Recovery Alliance of Austin

Peer workers fill many roles and have many different job titles, such as peer recovery coach, peer specialist, peer wellness coach, peer navigator, and more. They work in a variety of settings, including addiction and mental health treatment settings, primary health care, peer-run/recovery community organizations and more.

Working in integrated primary and behavioral health care is a relatively new role for peers. Integrated care is defined as services in which providers consider all of an individual’s health conditions in the course of treatment, including physical illness, mental disorders, or substance use, in which these providers coordinate care for the person. There is an emerging body of information suggesting that integrated care programs contribute to a reduction of stigma and discrimination experienced by persons with mental health and substance use problems.

For behavioral health programs, having peers in the workforce strengthens its commitment to person-centered and recovery-oriented approaches. Programs have found that peers can perform many tasks that are helpful to persons served and that peers tend to be more effective with outreach and engagement of people who have been reluctant to participate in behavioral health services.

The purpose of this webinar is to increase participants’ understanding of the benefits of peer recovery support workers in a range of settings and roles. Participants will be able to:

• Describe peer recovery support roles in different settings.
• Describe the benefits of peer recovery support services for people in recovery from behavioral health conditions.
• Describe the benefits of hiring peers for behavioral health organizations and systems.

This webinar is free to attend.
Register Now!

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is partially funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
940 Commonwealth Ave., West
Boston, MA 02215