Live & Learn Newsletter, May 15


New Peer Respite Evaluation Tool Now Available!

The Guidebook for Peer Respite Self-Evaluation: Practical Steps and Tools can be used to document program operations and outcomes and to build evidence for the efficacy of peer respites. It is intended for use by peer respite program staff, managers, and administrators.

In 2014, Live & Learn and Human Services Research Institute published the Toolkit for Evaluating Peer Respites. In a world of limited resources, conducting evaluation can be a challenge. We created this new guide in response to frequent requests for practical, low-cost or no-cost tools that can be used by programs to evaluate themselves.

The Guidebook is available at or navigate to "Evaluation Tools" from the homepage.

To request limited complimentary technical assistance on evaluation, please see our TA page.

Preliminary Research Results: 
"Self-Employment Starts with You: Opportunities and Challenges in Entrepreneurship by Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities"

At last week's CASRA conference, Laysha Ostrow presented preliminary results from qualitative interviews on the experience of self-employment as part of the NIDILRR-funded entrepreneurship project

View the slides from the presentation:
To stay updated on the entrepreneurship project, please visit our Research Gate webpage, Here.

Peer Mobile App Study:
A technology solution for peer-led Seeking Safety

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, creator of the evidence-based practice Seeking Safety, is beginning phase 2 of a project that is seeking feedback on a mobile app that provides support using peer-led Seeking Safety. Participation involves: (a) participating in 6 online (phone or web) peer-led Seeking Safety sessions, each 1 hour weekly with up to 9 people in each group; (b) using the Android mobile app during the 6 weeks. and (c) offering your feedback at the end of the 6 weeks. You would be paid for doing assessments. This study is funded by the National Institutes on Health and is being conducted by Lisa M. Najavits, PhD & Treatment Innovations, Newton, MA.

Please contact Lisa M. Najavits, PhD if you or someone you know who has experienced substance use in the past year and has been labeled with PTSD would like to participate in the study.
Note: to participate you need to have an Android phone. 

Click the link below to get involved:

Ongoing Opportunity: Early Career Data Connections

Please keep the ECDC Initiative in mind throughout the academic year for class projects, to build your CV, and grow your professional network!
This initiative facilitates connections between early career investigators and researchers at the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities to provide those early in their careers access to large, federally-funded data sets to conduct publishable analyses that can advance the research agenda. 
Live & Learn is responsible for facilitating connections between junior investigators and Temple University researchers.