Karen Escovitz, MSS, Learning & Development Specialist

Karen brings 30 years of experience in the mental health field to her position with the Institute having worked in direct services, research, program evaluation, technical assistance and training.  In her current role, she is primarily involved with the development and implementation of staff training and staff development intiatives, with a focus on support of managers and supervisors.   

Karen’s areas of training expertise include evidence based practices such as Supported Employment, Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health First Aid, Community Integration and Wellness Management strategies, all thoroughly grounded in Recovery Principles.  She authored a 15-part self-help brochure series on Mental Illness and Work, which has been updated and re-issued by the Temple University Collaboration on Community Inclusion.  She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor for both Adult and Youth curricula, and is also a Quality Evaluator for MHFA field instructors.  She has coordinated service demonstration research projects on Supported Employment for people living with psychiatric disabilities and also for people living with HIV/AIDS.  In 2003, she convened the Working Positive Summit Conference to share information about employment services for people living with HIV/AIDS, which in turn gave rise to the National Working Positive Coalition – which continues to connect research, service practice and policy initiatives nationally.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University, has done graduate work in Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University, and holds a Masters in Social Services from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.