1st Student's Major

Social Work

1st Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students' Professional Biography

Lauren Harding grew up in Eagan, Minnesota, and graduated from Eastview High School in June 2006. She is a graduating senior, majoring in Social Work at Minnesota State University, Mankato. During her time at Mankato she has been a member of the Student Ambassadors, Habitat for Humanity, Social Work Club, and Phi Alpha Honor Society. She also spent the summer of 2009 in Bristol, England with fellow social work students; her focus was on the health care system in England. Lauren is looking forward to start graduate school at St. Catherine University in the fall to study to become a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker concentrating on the field of mental health. Renee Lips is a senior double-majoring in Social Work and Alcohol and Drug Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She grew up in Owatonna, MN and graduated from Owatonna High School in June 2006. Since her enrollment at MSU, in August 2006, she has been involved with the Social Work Club, Student Conduct Board, and Phi Alpha Honor Society. She has also been employed at MSU through the Office of Student Affairs and as an Orientation Peer Assistant since 2007. After graduation in December 2010, she plans to find employment in the human services field and begin working on a master’s degree in Social Work, possibly a dual degree in Social Work and Law. Renee aspires to one day work in the political arena to improve the current human services system.

Mentor's Name

Christine Black-Hughes

Mentor's Email Address


Mentor's Department

Social Work

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences


In recent years the recovery process of people with mental illness has been extensively researched. Program models such as Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) have been proven to be successful with a high degree of fidelity. The overall goal of this project is to design client and clinician manuals based on IMR that allow the modules to be implemented in groups within a residential setting. The nine IMR modules have been reconstructed into four 12-week group sessions for Transition Services (TS) at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center (SPRTC), St. Peter, MN. It is expected the curriculum constructed will be implemented to provide TS with an evidence based curriculum. The student researchers reconstructed nine IMR modules into a client and clinician manual that are written specifically for TS at SPRTC. The impact of TS utilizing the manuals will be the provision of an evidence based curriculum. It is expected the curriculum in the manuals will be implemented and evaluated. Currently, the programming at SPRTC is not evidence based and the recovery rate of the clients is undetermined. By using and evaluating the reconstructed IMR modules the staff at SPRTC will be able to initially establish a baseline for client recovery which will be used for a comparison studies of client recovery rates in the future.

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