Domain 8: Vocational SupportDates: October 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 2021
Times: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Platform: Ring Central
Assist consumer to engage in goal‐directed employment activity with the understanding of the relationship between meaningful work and overall well‐being, and utilization of appropriate community resources
- Acknowledge the importance of work as part of self‐concept/identity, and describe its role in mental health treatment and recovery.
- Understand that the paths to mental health recovery and employment are both varied and non‐linear, give examples of successful employment outcomes for consumers of behavioral healthcare.
- Recognize and describe common myths and misconceptions regarding individuals with psychiatric disabilities and their ability to be successful in the workplace.
- Understand the role of the MHRT/C in supporting a consumer to pursue a vocational goal, the importance of ongoing support in maintaining successful employment, and how it is reflected in the individual's plan of care.
- Engage the consumer in meaningful, ongoing conversations about finding work and/or the possibility of work in the future, including job seeking/retention strategies.
- Be able to practice engagement and motivation techniques to encourage and empower consumers to make progress along the employment continuum.
- Identify and know how to access resources for consumer advocacy related to employment, including the use of natural supports to help individuals obtain and maintain a job.
- Identify and refer consumers to support and employment advocacy services that will reduce or eliminate perceived barriers to continued successful employment.
- Give examples of career development resources, including career exploration and labor market information available in the community.
- Discover the diverse services and roles of people involved in the employment support system for consumers with psychiatric disabilities, and explain how the MHRT/C collaborates with others in the employment support system without duplicating the roles of these providers.
- Identify online and local resources to access federal and state regulations and policy relating to employment.
- Give examples of current and evolving research regarding evidence‐based practices in employment of consumers with psychiatric disabilities, including Individual Placement Support.
- Demonstrate awareness of reasonable accommodation and disclosure of disability in the context of mental health and employment.
- Identify federal and state disability benefits, the availability of work incentives, and how to consult with Community Work Incentives Coordinators.
- Describe the role of the Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as partners, how to refer, and collaborate around work goals.