A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness

Hardcover | June 2, 2003

byDeborah R. Becker, Robert E. Drake

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Traditional approaches to vocational rehabilitation, such as skills training classes, job clubs, and sheltered employment, have not been successful in helping people with severe mental illness gain competitive employment. Supported employment, in which clients are placed in jobs and thentrained by on-site coaches, is a radically new conceptual approach to vocational rehabilitation designed for people with developmental disabilities. The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) method utilizes the supported employment concept, but modifies it for use with the severely mentally ill. Itis the only approach that has a strong empirical research base: rates of competitive employment are 40% or more in IPS programs, compared to 15% in traditional mental health programs. The third volume in the Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery with Vulnerable Populations series, this willbe extremely useful to students in psychiatric rehabilitation programs and social work classes dealing with the severely mentally ill, as well as to practitioners in the field.

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Traditional approaches to vocational rehabilitation, such as skills training classes, job clubs, and sheltered employment, have not been successful in helping people with severe mental illness gain competitive employment. Supported employment, in which clients are placed in jobs and thentrained by on-site coaches, is a radically new co...

Robert E. Drake and Deborah R. Becker are both at New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 6.3 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:June 2, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195131215

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IllustrationsPart I. Conceptual and Empirical Support for Individual Placement and Support1. Introduction2. Conceptual, Historical, and Ideological Underpinnings of Supported Employment3. Theoretical Underpinnings of Individual Placement and Support (IPS)4. Introduction to the IPS Approach to Supported Employment5. Research on IPSPart II. Practice Guidelines for Implementing Supported Employment6. Introduction to IPS7. The Structure of IPS in the Mental Health Agency8. Getting Started9. Comprehensive, Work-based Assessment10. Finding Jobs11. Maintaining JobsPart III. Special Issues12. Dual Diagnosis and Work13. Highly Trained Individuals and Work14. Supported Education15. Work and Cultural Competence16. ConclusionsAppendices1. Individual Employment Plan2. Vocational Profile3. Job Descriptions: Employment Specialist, Employment Coordinator4. Sample Letters to Employers5. Supported Employment Fidelity Scale and Implementation QuestionsReferencesSuggested ReadingsIndex