October 2014 eCast

December Webinar Series on Employment

Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation invites you to attend a webinar series on employment held December 9 & 16, 2014 from 3:00 to 4:30 ET. Debbie Nicolellis and Lyn Legere will present both webinars.

Vocational Recovery and Peer Support (Dec 9)

Peer support has proven to be an essential part of recovery in mental health. Many people in recovery assert that work is an integral part of their recovery, and in recent years, there has been an increased focus on supporting “Vocational Recovery” itself. This workshop will explore vocational recovery as an aspect of overall recovery, and the role of peer specialists in supporting people to have satisfying, meaningful, vocational lives.

“I got the job… now what?” The Role of Peer Specialists in Supporting Job Retention (Dec 16)

Most employment and vocational service systems focus on getting people employed, i.e., getting into jobs, with minimal follow-up. Personal experience tells us that getting the job is only half the battle. This webinar will address the ways in which peer specialists, who play an important role in the recovery workforce, can support people as they KEEP employment and school roles and environments. From the developers of Vocational Peer Support, this webinar will explore ways in which peer supporters can work with people on the skills, supports, and accommodations they may need to be successful and satisfied where they work or learn.

Presenters for both webinars

Debbie Nicolellis, MS, CRC. Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Debbie has been working to support the vocational aspirations of people with psychiatric disabilities for 25 years, most recently as Project Director for the Vocational Peer Support Training Project, which teaches peer specialists the information, skills, and tools they need to support engagement in work and school.

Lyn Legere, MS, CPRP, CPS. Recovery Educator, Promise Resource Network.

Lyn is a highly sought-after speaker who has developed and implemented peer specialist training programs around the U.S. As Lead Trainer of the Vocational Peer Support Training Project, Lyn was instrumental in bringing to life the ways in which peer specialists can support vocational recovery.

To register for the webinar series visit https://buwebinar.eventbrite.com or contact Joan Rapp (joanrapp@bu.edu) for more information.


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: /store/curricula/self-directed-skill-lessons-participating

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


Center Receives Research and Training Center Grant on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has been awarded a 5-year, $4.3 million grant to conduct a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, entitled “Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.” The grant is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration under the leadership of Dr. Sally Rogers and Dr. Marianne Farkas, Co-Principle Investigators, the grant focuses on promising practices needed to improve employment outcomes through the development of technology, examination of individual and work environment factors associated with improved employment outcomes, and by investigating the effects of government practices, policies and programs on employment outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, including those from traditionally underserved groups.

The RRTC projects also increase the incorporation of research findings into practice and policy by developing a National Resource Center (NRC) on Employment and Vocational Recovery, which conducts training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities to increase the utilization and adoption by stakeholders, of new tools and interventions as well as research findings.

This is the eighth consecutive award cycle that the BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has received this grant, marking the thirty-fifth year of funding as an RRTC.

The RRTC research and NRC projects will be conducted by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, along with collaborators at Dartmouth Medical School Psychiatric Research Center and partners across a wide range of stakeholder groups, from around the nation.


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 (January – April or September – December) 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 cjoly@bu.edu or (617) 358-7334, or visit cpr.bu.edu/living-well/college-program


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.