Bill Burns-Lynch, M.A., LPC, CPRP

Bill Burns-LynchBill Burns-Lynch, MA, LPC, CPRP joined the TU Collaborative on Community Inclusion in October of 2011 to coordinate efforts to develop the College of Recovery and Community Inclusion (CRCI). CRCI is a nationally available, web-based continuing education training curriculum for the mental health direct service workforce. Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Wheeling Jesuit University and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the College of New Jersey. Prior to joining the TU Collaborative, Bill held a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey).

At UMDNJ he was actively involved in teaching, technical assistance, training, and research activities to develop and promote the practices of counseling and psychiatric rehabilitation. He taught in the department’s Associate and Bachelor degree programs and provided technical assistance to provider agencies to assess program effectiveness. He developed and delivered training to increase staff knowledge and skills to enhance program outcomes related to mental health recovery, employment, community participation, and quality of life for individuals served. Additionally, he developed and delivered training on recovery, psychiatric rehabilitation, and best practice employment services to mental health providers, persons in recovery, and family members. Bill also presents workshops in mental health recovery, psychiatric rehabilitation, WRAP, and best practice employment services at local, state, and national conferences.

Earlier in his career, Bill worked delivering services in the behavioral health field in Philadelphia. Bill’s experience includes outreach and case management services for individuals experiencing homelessness, mental health and substance abuse issues, community residential programming, individual and group psychotherapy, peer delivered services, program development, supervision, and administration, and staff training and continuing education.

Selected Publications

  1. Burns-Lynch, B., Gill, K.J., Murphy, A.A., Brice, G.H. (in press) Persons in recovery, family members, and staff perspectives of psychiatric crisis needs. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
  2. Burns-Lynch, B. (2011). The wellness recovery action plan: A system enhancement strategy for a recovery-oriented mental health system. New Jersey Journal of Professional Counseling, 61, 22-31.
  3. Burns-Lynch, B., Salzer, M., & Baron, R. (2010). Managing Risk in Community Integration: Promoting the Dignity of Risk and Supporting Personal Choice. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities. Available at:
  4. Schmidt, L., & Burns-Lynch, B. (2010). A review of training programs for peers as employees: Core concepts and methods. In Swarbrick, M. (ed.), People in recovery as providers. Linthicum, MD: USPRA.
  5. Gill, K.J., Murphy, A.A., Burns-Lynch, W., & Swarbrick, M. (2009). Delineation of the peer specialist job role. The Journal of Rehabilitation, 75(3), 23-31.
  6. Burns-Lynch, B., & Peterson, C. (2006). Integrating treatment and rehabilitation interventions. In M. Salzer (Ed.), Psychiatric rehabilitation skills in practice: A CPRP preparation and skills workbook. USPRA.
  7. Whitecraft, J., Scott, J., Rogers, J., Burns-Lynch, B., Means, T., & Salzer, M.S.(2005). The Friends Connection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In  S. Clay, B. Schell, P.W. Corrigan, and R.O. Ralph (eds.), On our own together: Peer programs for people with mental illness. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.
  8. Burns-Lynch, B. & Salzer, M. (2001). Adopting innovations: Lessons learned from a peer-based hospital diversion program, Community Mental Health Journal, December, Vol. 37, No. 6, 511-521.