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Brenda J. Weaver

Brenda J. Weaver, MA, CPRP


Department: Psychiatry


  • MA in Organizational Development & Management - Antioch University
  • BS - Hahnemann Medical College/Hospital, School of Allied Health Professions

Postgraduate Training / Additional Certifications

  • College Counseling Student Personnel Services Certificate (California State University, Northridge, California,  Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling)
  • School Counseling Certificate (Bryn Mawr College, School of Psychology & Counseling Studies)
  • CPRP Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association)

Brenda J. Weaver, MA, CPRP, is a clinical practitioner and educator whose work focuses on addressing the issues and barriers confronting individuals transitioning from long-term institutional settings to community-based living. She has provided individual, group and family treatment, primarily to with diverse communities of adults living with mental illnesses. She has served as a research associate and social skills trainer focusing on individuals living with schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Brenda J. Weaver, MA, CPRP, is a faculty member at Drexel in the Department of Psychiatry's Division of Behavioral Healthcare Education. She has experiences as a state, local and national partner/consultant for:

  • Three-year SAMHSA-funded pilot workforce-training grant supporting development of a curriculum to reduce racial and ethnic disparities.
  • PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, 18-month project to establish a statewide forensic peer support program serving justice-involved individuals with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders.
  • National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors’ Employment Development Initiative (EDI): “Enhancing the Role of Pennsylvania’s Statewide Network of Certified Peer Specialists in the Delivery of Employment Services to Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities,” a nine-month project.
  • SAMHSA-funded consumer network grant awarded to the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association (PMHCA) to develop and facilitate a three-day cultural competency foundation training and a culturally specific course for provider clinical competencies needed to serve people who identify as LBGTQI, inclusive of a trainer’s manual and training for the curricula.
  • SAMHSA-funded Statewide Consumer Network Grant to update three-day Forensic Peer Support Training and Trainer’s Curriculum and Manuals, including development of an advanced training curriculum for trauma-informed peer support within the criminal justice system.



“Hope & Choice: Toolkit for Recovery Oriented Case Management Practice”
Pre-Conference Symposium – National Association of Case Management

"Cultural Competence Generates People Power – Dissemination of Research Findings from Federally Funded (SAMHSA) Workforce Training Initiative"
Annual Winter Roundtable – Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York

Workshop: "A Thousand Paper Cuts: Addressing the Impact of Diversity Dynamics"
Recovery Workforce Summit 2014 Annual Conference – Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association


Keynote Address: "Embracing Recovery"
Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association Annual Conference

Cultural Competency Foundations 3-Part workforce development Training
Pennsylvania State Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), Keystone Pride Workgroup Collaboration


"Recovery Dialogues": A Facilitator’s Orientation
"Participatory Dialogues": Interactive Discussions of Mental Health Issues Among Consumers, Providers and Family Members
New Freedom Initiative Sub-Committee

Leadership Seminar for Cultural Competence: "Building Organizational Capacity:
County Family and Community Partnership

"Infusing Cultural Competency in Training and Curriculum"
Drexel University Faculty Workshop

Contact Information

Academic Office

Behavioral Healthcare Education
4641 Roosevelt Boulevard
Scattergood Building
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Phone: 215.762.7923
Fax: 215.289.2165