The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions is excited to announce a NEW CERTIFICATE IN CAREER SERVICES! Starting summer 2013 the Department will be offering a 9 credit on-line certificate.  Courses include:

  • Vocational Approaches PSRT4201 – offered in summer
  • Supported Education PSRT 4202- offered in fall
  • Supported Employment PSRT 4203- offered in spring

For more information contact Debbie Rich:,  908-889-2430.

Recently Published by IEI Faculty

The Paradoxical Relationship between Hope and the Educational Level of People in Recovery
By William R. Waynor, Ni Gao, and Joni N. Dolce
A recent article published in the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation by IEI faculty discusses the paradoxical relationship between hope and the educational level for someone living with a psychiatric disability. In other words, participants in this study with higher levels of education were less hopeful than those participants with less education. This finding offers a unique lens in which to view the role hope plays in recovery. As practitioners, job coaches, employment counselors, case managers and other providers of rehabilitation services, we should be aware of the need to help individuals maintain hope throughout every stage of recovery. Please share your comments on these findings and what they mean to you and in your work with individuals in recovery. Below is the abstract of the article for your review. Full text of this article can be found at: . Subscription is needed for journal access.
Education is considered a critically important asset in our society. Many people living with serious mental illnesses possess college and advanced degrees. However, the disruption to one’s life from serious mental illness is often a barrier to actualizing career goals that were formulated before the onset of mental illness. The current study explores the relationship between educational level and hopefulness, after controlling for psychiatric symptoms, for a sample of participants in rehabilitation services seeking employment. A total of 84 participants enrolled in supported employment services completed assessments of hopefulness, psychiatric symptoms, and educational level. Hierarchical multiple regression was utilized to determine the relationship between the criterion variable hope and the predictor variables. The findings indicated a significant inverse relationship between hope and symptoms and a significant inverse relationship between hope and educational level. The findings suggest that maintaining hope of people in recovery with higher educational attainment may be a cogent issue for the field. Future research is indicated.

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