USPRA Independent Training

The Role of Financial Well-being on the Road to Recovery

Original Date: January 12, 2011


Presenters:  Judith A. Cook, Ph.D., Director & Professor, Nerissa Jones, Manager, New Diminsions Self Help Center, Salen County, NJ, Peggy Swarbrick, Ph.D., OTR, CPRP, Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Health Related Professions, and the Director of the Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives, CSP-NJ


Summary: Poverty is a central life issue for many people living with psychiatric disabilities, and is a significant barrier to recovery. Although the problem has long been recognized, it is only recently that systematic approaches have been undertaken to understanding and addressing the role of financial wellness on mental health recovery. In this webinar, we present research and resources on how to identify, access and implement effective financial education, savings, and asset development programs in community settings. Program and participant perspectives and experiences will be used to illustrate how to create opportunities to enhance financial well-being. In the current economy, even minor steps can be essential in supporting recovery and well-being. This webinar will guide participants in how to begin to address and promote financial security in their programs and their own lives.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will become familiar with the essential aspects of financial wellness for people in recovery.
  2. Participants will learn how to find financial education programs in their community, and how to implement a financial education curriculum themselves.
  3. Participants will become familiar with different types of savings programs such that can be used to help develop financial literacy skills for people in recovery. 
  4. Participants will learn how to access and link persons served to savings program in their community, and how to implement savings programs in their own agencies. 

About the Presenters:

Judith A. Cook is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Department of Psychiatry.  She received her Ph.D. in sociology from The Ohio State University and completed an NIMH post-doctoral fellowship in clinical research training at The University of Chicago.  Currently she directs the Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy that houses a number of projects. One of these is the National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability that is funded for five years to conduct research and training on self-determination, recovery, workforce development, and employment. Dr. Cook was the director of the Employment Intervention Demonstration Program, a federally funded multi-site study of supported employment interventions for people with a mental illness in eight states around the country. Her published research includes studies of vocational rehabilitation outcomes, employer attitudes toward workers with disabilities, multivariate statistical approaches to studying supported employment, the role of work in recovery from serious mental illness, policy issues in disability income support programs, and post-secondary training and educational services for students with mental illness.  Dr. Cook served as an expert consultant on employment and income supports for the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, and authored the report on “Employment and Income Supports for People with Mental Illness.” She consults with a variety of federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Labor, the General Accounting Office, the Social Security Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, the Veteran's Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the White House. With her staff, Dr. Cook has created a series of training manuals and curricula focused on vocational rehabilitation of psychiatric disability in areas such as:  how to choose an evidence-based supported employment program, job coaching and employment supports, workplace stress management, substance abuse issues at work, vocational transitioning for youth with severe emotional disorders, and preparing people in recovery for jobs as service providers.  Dr. Cook has received multiple awards, including: the Armin Loeb Award for Excellence in Psychosocial Rehabilitation Research from IAPRS (now USPRA) in 1995; the UIC Chancellor’s Committee Mentor of the Year Award (2002); the William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association (2003); the 2004 National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers Award; the 2008 USPRA John Beard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation; and most recently, Researcher of the Year in Clinical Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2010).


Peggy Swarbrick, Ph.D., OTR, CPRP is a part time Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Health Related Professions, and the Director of the Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives, CSP-NJ (a large statewide agency run by persons living with mental illness in collaboration with professionals).


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