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Workshop Series: Employment in the Context of Recovery

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Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

940 Commonwealth Ave., West

Boston, MA 02215

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BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

"Early bird" rate through April 30th, save up to $150.


Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation invites you to attend a series of interactive workshops on May 8, 9, and 10th, 2017 which will highlight issues in the employment of persons in mental health recovery. Each day the workshop will be on a different topic and all workshops will take place at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University.

Creating a Recovery Orientation: The Foundation for Employment Services

Monday, May 8th, 2017
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Audience: All are welcome to this workshop including, but not limited to, practitioners, providers, persons in recovery, and family members. The target audience for this workshop includes a broad range of providers looking to promote the recovery of persons with mental health conditions.


Marianne Farkas, Sc.D., Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, is an internationally known expert, trainer, and consultant in psychiatric rehabilitation with an emphasis on systems change and how to implement it.

Rick Forbess, MSSW, Associate Director of Training, works with mental health agencies throughout the U.S. as a trainer and consultant on implementing Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery approaches and helping programs and agencies to receive better outcomes.

Description: This workshop will teach participants how to establish and grow the foundation for a recovery program. It will establish the link between recovery and employment. Participants will learn four primary recovery-promoting relationship skills as well as specific strategies for enhancing hope, empowerment, and self-acceptance. In addition, participants will learn specific tips for promoting recovery practices and attitudes within their organization. Finally, participants will be introduced to a new resource created by the Center.

Families as Partners in Employment

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
09:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Audience: Family members of persons with psychiatric disabilities; persons in recovery, including those who are current or potential job seekers; clinicians who want to know more about employment; and vocational providers who want to garner the support of families.


Joan Rapp, M.Ed., CAGS, Coordinator, Continuing Education, Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Ms. Rapp has over 45 years of experience, spent primarily in public mental health and rehabilitation services. In psychiatric rehabilitation, she has focused heavily on education, employment, and staff development.

Kathleen Considine, MSW., a family member, serves on the Executive Committee of the National Alliance on Mental Health Illness (NAMI) of MA and facilitates the Plymouth Chapter. She has also worked in vocational services for persons with mental conditions and taught the Family to Family program of NAMI.

Description: This workshop will identify some of the barriers and facilitators to families-as-partners in the vocational process. It will cover attitudes, knowledge, and skills that help families to participate in a positive way with both their family member and with providers of services. We will discuss myths and facts about employment, how to have a dialogue with a family member about employment, finding community resources for employment and ongoing support for job retention. Employment options will be reviewed that include both traditional jobs and non-traditional approaches to employment. We will also discuss ways in which families have been and could be advocates for employment services and supports in areas where they are needed. Providers will discover ways to work with families for better outcomes and to support the three-way relationships between the job seeker, family, and service providers. Additional resources designed to help families to be good partners will be introduced.

Opening Doors to Career Development

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
09:30 AM - 04:30 PM

Audience: All are welcome to this workshop, including persons in mental health recovery, practitioners of mental health or rehabilitation services, college/university personnel that support students with disabilities, family members, career counselors, rehabilitation counselors, and others concerned with meaningful employment.


Uma Chandrika Millner, Ph.D., Director of Opening Doors and researcher, Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Dr. Millner conducts workshops on diversity and vocational psychology. She also teaches as adjunct faculty at Boston College.

Dr. Millner will be assisted in select exercises by staff: Sara Satgunam, Kimberleyann Green, Emily Lord, and Quinton Kakaley, who are all Career Counselors in the Opening Doors Program, two of whom are persons in mental health recovery.

Description: This workshop will outline the need and rationale for helping people in recovery move on to employment that has particular meaning to them. Too often those with mental health conditions are either unemployed or in entry-level part-time positions. These are two "places" where they can be stuck on the road to recovery. The idea of "opening doors" is to support individuals to find a motivating goal of their choosing and method for achieving it. Careers are possible for many people with mental health conditions and can extend to virtually any field. Having the right support is critical, just as it is in housing, job finding, socialization, and other aspects of life. Participants will experience first-hand some of the techniques and resources used in the Opening Doors Program.

Daily Schedule

09:00 AM Light Breakfast
09:30 AM Workshop
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Workshop
12:30 PM Lunch on your own
01:30 PM Workshop
03:00 PM Break
03:15 PM Workshop Wrap Up
04:30 PM Finish


The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University does not have any special arrangements with local hotels. Please make arrangements for your lodging on your own. Below is a list of some nearby lodging.

Beacon Inn
1087 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Hotel Commonwealth

Boston Hotel Buckminster

Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Back Bay/Fenway
125 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02139

Courtyard by Marriott Boston Cambridge

Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline
1200 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Parking and Transportation


Parking is available across the street from the Center in the back of Agganis Arena. The cost is $13.50 per day.

Public Transportation

Use the MBTA Green "B line" to Pleasant St.

Location of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

The Center is located at 940 Commonwealth Ave., West, Boston, MA 02215 and the entrance is on Pleasant St.


"Early bird" rate through April 30th, save up to $125.

Check/Purchase Orders are welcome, please email the printable registration form to

Group Registration

A special rate is available for groups of 8 or more. Please visit

Persons in mental health recovery may request a scholarship by writing to

Disability Accommodations

If you need accommodations please contact Joan Rapp with your request.

If you require ASL interpreters we will need a written request by April 17, 2017. You may email Joan Rapp

Refunds / Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be provided.

Requests for cancellations due to medical emergencies will be handled on an individual basis.

These workshops are 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.


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