Experts Encourage Students to Make a Real Difference in Psych Rehab

“Psychology offers endless opportunities to make a difference in the world and to make your life count,” said Dr. Anthony M. Zipple, an instructor with the new psychiatric rehabilitation concentration of the EKU Online psychology degree.

Zipple is president & CEO at Seven Counties Services, a behavioral health care provider serving Louisville and the surrounding area. With 38 years of professional service and previous teaching appointments at Boston University, and Dartmouth, he will bring a unique blend of expertise to the virtual classroom, and he’s not alone.

His co-instructor is Diane Brewer, MS, LPCC, CPRP, past chair of the Certification Commission for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She has worked in the field since 1990 and provided consultation and training statewide, nationally and internationally. She served as division director at Seven Counties Services for more than two decades.

Together, they will design and teach what they believe to be the first courses in psychiatric rehabilitation ever offered at a Kentucky university.

“These two courses will give students the tools that they need to pursue challenging and rewarding jobs with community mental health organizations serving people who have serious mental illnesses,” said Zipple.

Brewer sees the profession as a calling and looks forward to introducing EKU students to the field. “Working with persons with mental illnesses and seeing them recover lives of meaning and purpose keeps me excited about the field” she said. “If students are interested in making a difference. . . . I encourage them to pursue the concentration.”

Both instructors are excited to join the EKU family. Zipple says it will be a mutually beneficial experience. “Psychiatric rehabilitation is an evolving field and all of us, students included, can play roles in developing better ways to do the work.”

Published on May 10, 2016