A Working Life For People With Severe Mental Illness by Deborah R. Becker

By Deborah R. Becker

Conventional methods to vocational rehabilitation, reminiscent of abilities education sessions, task golf equipment, and sheltered employment, haven't been winning in assisting individuals with critical psychological disorder achieve aggressive employment. Supported employment, within which consumers are positioned in jobs after which educated by means of on-site coaches, is a extensively new conceptual method of vocational rehabilitation designed for individuals with developmental disabilities. the person Placement and aid (IPS) strategy makes use of the supported employment proposal, yet modifies it to be used with the seriously mentally unwell. it's the purely method that has a powerful empirical study base: premiums of aggressive employment are forty% or extra in IPS courses, in comparison to 15% in conventional psychological future health courses. The 3rd quantity within the options in perform and repair supply with susceptible Populations sequence, it will be tremendous worthwhile to scholars in psychiatric rehabilitation courses and social paintings periods facing the significantly mentally unwell, in addition to to practitioners within the box.

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1996). Unemployed clients who desired competitive employment were randomly assigned either to an IPS supported employment program within the local community mental health center or to a rehabilitation program that offered 8 weeks of vocational skills training followed by job finding and follow-along support services. All clients were followed closely for 18 months. The results of this study were quite dramatic. Clients in the IPS program obtained competitive employment faster, were more likely to be employed throughout the follow-up, worked more total hours, and earned more wages than those in the rehabilitation agency.

IPS employment specialists, by contrast, do not provide clinical services themselves and thus cannot be reassigned when short-term exigencies arise to threaten long-term goals. , 1998), which have been successfully used in numerous implementations. Finally, as we explain later, IPS has the strongest empirical support of any model of vocational services for people with severe mental illness. The purpose of this chapter is to review several aspects of the research on IPS, including vocational outcomes, nonvocational outcomes, costs and economic impact, and some future directions.

Unlike some vocational programs, IPS does not exclude clients with severe symptoms, poor vocational histories, or uncertain readiness for competitive employment. Instead, IPS employment specialists assist all clients who express interest in competitive employment because the underlying value is self-determination. IPS is fundamentally a “place-train” model, which means that employment specialists rapidly engage with clients in the task of finding jobs in the community, even if for only a few hours a week or for a limited time.

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