Overview of Supported Employment

Overview of Supported Employment 

This course is an overview of Individual Placements and Supports, an evidence-based practice. The course is for mental health agency directors, case managers, clinical staff, vocational rehabilitation practitioners and counselors. It outlines the proven way of providing supports in competitive employment for individuals with significant mental health issues. This is the first in a series of three courses that will give you the history, definitions, and principles of both Individual Placements and Supports (IPS), and Evidence-Based Practices (EBP). The course will give you evidence of the success of IPS in numbers of jobs, hours worked, and customer satisfaction. You will learn that unemployment is much worse for people with severe mental illness than the stress of work. You will learn about the recent changes in the mental health system and how the consumer recovery movement, the community supports model of PACT, evidence-based practices and supported employment came together to form IPS. You will also learn what particular qualities make IPS an evidence-based practice and what features make IPS a leading model for replication. This course concludes with an overview on developing a program and a description of the most used funding options.


Hours: 2.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-OSEMP
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2020
Learning Objectives:
Articulate why unemployment affects individuals with severe mental health issues and how employment helps recovery.
List the factors that make a service an ecidence-based practice.
Recite the course principles of individual placement and supports.
Develop a mission statement for an evidence-based practice.

Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Mental Illness and Unemployment
A. Beliefs Matter: Overcoming Stigma
B. What Kind of Stigma Exists?
C. A Life of Poverty and Unemployment
D. Unemployment Hurts
E. What Have You Learned?
F. Section Summary
Section 3: History of Vocational Rehabilitation
A. Meet Ron
B. How Did We Get Here?
C. Vocational Rehabilitation Models
D. Review
H. Section Summary
Section 4: A New Paradigm
A. A convergence of Concepts in Mental Health
B. PACT: Program of Assertive Community Treatment
C. Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
D. The Recovery Movement
E. Supported Employment
F. Individual Placement and Supports (IPS)
G. Core Principles of IPS
H. Best Practices in IPS
I. Review
J. Section Summary
Section 5: IPS Evidence & Implementation
A. How is IPS and Evidence-Based Practice?
B. Other Quality Indicators
C. Implementation Efforts
D. Funding
E. The Fidelity Scale
F. Remember Ron?
G. Review
H. Section Summary
Section 6: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Course Contributor
C. Resources
D. References

Staff Writer: Joanne Cohen, RN
Ms. Cohen is a senior clinical healthcare executive with over twenty years of clinical management and regulatory compliance experience. She is responsible for research, development and management of the Essential Learning curricula that addresses state and national training requirements for healthcare service providers. She is knowledgeable in JCAHO, CARF and COA standards as well as many state staff training requirements and stands ready to help our member organizations effectively use the Essential Learning system to meet regulatory training standards. Disclosure: Joanne Cohen, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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