People in the United States, living with persistent and severe mental illness today, form the largest group of people who are living on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Almost all live in poverty, are isolated and are the most stigmatized group in America. A large percentage of those individuals want to and can work, if the right supports are provided to them. In this course, you will discover evidence that shows that a form of supported employment, individual placement and support (IPS), built on the values of belief in the potential success of individuals with severe mental illness, is a proven way to assist those job seekers in getting and keeping competitive employment. You will learn how an employment specialist discovers skills and strengths and develops strategies to support the people they serve. You will learn how to build a work plan that identifies the ideal conditions for success of the job seeker and the unique potential contributions to the future employer. This course sets groundwork for the next step of IPS-Job and Career Development.