Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Dincin Fellows Installed at Recovery Workforce Summit

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PRA Dincin Fellows Celebrated by Psychiatric Rehabilitation Community at the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual Conference on June 22nd

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Our fellows are extraordinary professionals who, through their careers, have influenced PRA’s principles, values, practice, research, advocacy, and educational efforts.

The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) is proud to announce new additions to the celebrated group of PRA Dincin Fellows. PRA and the psychiatric rehabilitation community recognized these leaders during the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual Conference, on June 22nd in Baltimore, Maryland.

PRA Dincin Fellows are PRA members who have reached the highest level of distinction in the professional practice of psychiatric rehabilitation and advancement of the field through their engagement in the association, service-based programs, scientific inquiry, advocacy, and/or chapter development. The PRA Dincin Fellows are named in honor of Jerry Dincin, who was a founding member of PRA, past president of the association, and executive director of Chicago’s Thresholds for nearly 40 years. PRA confers Dincin Fellowships upon those who have met a standard of excellence in the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation.

“PRA Dincin Fellows' contributions to the mental health field have been nothing short of luminary! Our fellows are extraordinary professionals who, through their careers, have influenced PRA’s principles, values, practice, research, advocacy, and educational efforts. We have evolved as a profession because of their vision, scholarship, tireless advocacy, and outstanding practice," said Dori Hutchinson, ScD, CPRP, PRA Board Chair.

At the Recovery Workforce Summit, Kenneth J. Gill, PhD, CPRP, Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at Rutgers, and Lu Mauro, MEd, CPRP, Director of Penn Foundation Wellspring Clubhouse, joined the ranks of this esteemed group.

Kenneth J. Gill, PhD, CPRP, formerly served on PRA’s Commission for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) credential and on the PRA Training & Certification Committee, which developed the CPRP credential. He co-authored the textbook, Psychiatric Rehabilitation this year, and co-edited, Building on the Wisdom of Experience: Peers as Providers of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Gill is associate editor of the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and served as co-editor in chief of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. He has been honored as a recipient of the John Beard award in 2005, NJ’s Mort Gati award in 2001, and SHRP’s award for Excellence in Research in 1996 and 2013. He is a past president and chapter representative of New Jersey PRA and has served on a number of boards of non-profit organizations.

Having dedicated the majority of her career to the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation, Lu Mauro, MEd, CPRP, has served in her director position for over twenty years and was instrumental in the program’s inception. Prior to joining Penn Foundation, Mauro worked at Open Door Clubhouse and Horizon House, Inc., both in Philadelphia, where she was first exposed to psychiatric rehabilitation concepts and practices. Mauro currently serves on the Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PAPRS) Board of Directors Advisory Committee and Training Committee and the Pennsylvania Clubhouse Coalition Board of Directors, where she is a founding member. She has been teaching psychiatric rehabilitation classes through PAPRS for several years.

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About the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA): As the nonprofit organization focused on growing and training the recovery workforce, the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, is the preeminent association for the development, support, and dissemination of information about the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery. PRA believes that the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation leads to recovery, and thus is committed to the growth of psychiatric rehabilitation in both quantity and quality, and to the universal availability of state-of-the-art psychiatric rehabilitation services for all individuals with mental illness who seek such services. For more information, visit

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