December 2014 eCast

“Ask Me Anything” Employment Series

National Resource Center on Employment

You’re invited to ask an expert about coping with mental health problems that interfere with work.

On Wednesday, January 21st at 2 PM EST, Dr. Kim T. Mueser will, via webinar, answer any questions you have related to how mental health issues interfere with getting a job, doing your best, or achieving your work goals.

This free event is not a presentation but an interactive question & answer webinar.

Regardless of whether you are a person living with a mental health condition, a family member, an administrator of a service, a provider, a researcher — you can use the time to ask anything.

For example, you could ask questions about coping, helping someone cope, researching ways of coping with problems that may interfere with choosing, getting or keeping a job such as:

  • Symptoms or Other Negative Feelings
    (e.g. Social anxiety, Paranoia, Depression, Hearing voices, Low energy)
  • Cognitive/Thinking Difficulties
    (e.g. Attention and concentration, Memory, Problem Solving)
  • Social Challenges
    (e.g. Responding to feedback, Getting along with coworkers, Making a good impression)
  • Medication Side Effects  (e.g. Drowsiness, Weight gain)

Kim T. Mueser is a clinical psychologist. His nationally and internationally recognized clinical and research work focuses on people with severe mental illnesses. He has developed or studied programs focusing on a broad range of topics, including: returning to work or school, collaborating with families, illness management and recovery, social skills training, addressing substance abuse, trauma and PTSD, improving cognitive functioning.

Register for the FREE webinar now and Ask Any Questions!

Online course on Job Development and Job Retention for Persons in Recovery

A course for Employment Specialists, Rehabilitation Counselors, Vocational Peer Specialists and others working to improve employment outcomes.

Enroll in our 10-week online course, which includes 5 online Modules and 6 web/discussion meetings. At the end of each Module is a test and a Discussion Board. The curriculum has been piloted in 4 states and has been delivered to five additional classes of Employment Specialists throughout the U.S. and internationally.

This course, Job Development and Job Retention for Persons in Recovery, will begin officially towards the end of January 2015. The registration period for this class will extend from Dec. 4 to Jan. 14th. Be sure to review the website for full information on this program. There is a nominal fee for this course and some CEU’s are available. For information or registration please click here for the website or contact the instructor, Joan Rapp, at 617-353-3549 or

Find out more about the course.

NEW! Self-Directed Skill Lessons: Skills for Working Together

A second bundle of skill lessons is available! The Self-Directed Skill Lessons includes outlines, examples, and practices in each skill lesson; and they are designed to walk an individual through how to perform the skill one step at a time. The skill lessons included in the bundle, Skills for Working Together are:

  • Scheduling Activities
  • Coordinating Schedules
  • Dividing Work Responsibilities
  • Requesting Assistance
  • Offering Assistance
  • Volunteering for Tasks
  • Giving Feedback
  • Respecting Others’ Space

Additional Self-Directed Skill Lessons will be published in the future.

For more information, go to:

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

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Special Issue: Parents With Psychiatric Disabilities

Editors: Judith Cook, PhD and Kim Mueser, PhD
Joanne Nicholson and Barbara J. Friesen (Guest Editors)

For this special issue, the latest research findings on the topic of families living with parental psychiatric disabilities were solicited and compiled, to inform policymakers and practitioners with the best research available, while informing researchers about new developments in the field. The creative efforts of practitioners on the ground who strategically cobble together service responses for parents and families, as well as the extraordinary efforts of parents, adult children, young carers, and advocates who continue to bring attention to family issues in psychiatric rehabilitation, are applauded. These things are happening as we build the evidence base. That is, we are “crossing the bridge” to evidence-based practice while we are “building it.” This is not without its challenges, in policy, practice, or research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)

Get the special issue on parenting

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 or contact Joan Rapp (


This project was supported by funding from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, United States Department of Education, and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDRR grant H133B140028). The content does not represent the views or policies of the funding agencies. In addition, you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.