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Director of Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse Nominated as Dincin Fellow by Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Lu MauroLu Mauro, M.Ed., CPRP, Director of Penn Foundation's Wellspring Clubhouse, has been nominated as a 2014 Dincin Fellow by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA). Mauro was honored by the PRA on June 22nd in Baltimore.


PRA Dincin Fellowships are conferred upon those who have met a standard of excellence in the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation. A PRA Dincin Fellows' contributions extend beyond his or her individual job to a wider sphere of influence. Through educational achievement, validation of competency through advanced credentials, research initiatives, publication, and advocacy initiatives, a PRA Dincin Fellow will have made a mark as a psychiatric rehabilitation professional of distinction. 


“Lu is one of those rare people who possesses the vision and skills to bring a large dream to life while never losing sight of the individual,” says Donna Duffy-Bell, Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services at Penn Foundation. “Her receipt of the Dincin Fellowship acknowledges this very special combination of vision and mission in action. As a Dincin Fellow, Lu models that hopes and dreams do come true and that a strong commitment to shared values and hard work really can impact lives and systems of care.”


“Receiving this recognition is an incredible honor,” says Mauro. “While it provides acknowledgement and affirmation of my work in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation, it motivates me to do even more.”


Mauro has worked in the behavioral health field for 30 years, dedicating the majority of her career to the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation. With a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and Certification as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, she currently serves as the Director of Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse, a social, educational, and vocational rehabilitation program for adults living with mental illness. Mauro has served in this position for over 20 years and was instrumental in the program’s inception. She 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 (founding member). She has been teaching psychiatric rehabilitation classes through PAPRS for several years.


“It is the energy and spirit of the Clubhouse that ignites the recovery process - a community that is built upon simple but profound ideas such as the need to belong, to contribute, to be recognized for strengths, to have meaningful relationships, to overcome prejudices, and to discover a purpose and meaning. It has been very exciting to me to be a part of this world-wide movement,” says Mauro.


The Dincin Fellowship is named for Jerry Dincin, a leading innovator in the field of mental health who served for nearly 40 years as Executive Director of Thresholds, the oldest and largest Illinois organization serving people with severe mental illness. Believing strongly that individuals with mental health challenges could thrive in the community with the right support, Dincin developed job and housing programs that focused on life skills and community-based rehabilitation, ideas that were unheard of in the 1960s.



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