Making employment a priority in community mental health: Benefits of demonstrating direct employment practice

William R. Waynor, Carlos W. Pratt, Joni Dolce, Francine M. Bates, Melissa M. Roberts

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Abstract

In 2001, the New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services funded the Integrated Employment Institute (IEI). Providing services in the 11 southern counties of New Jersey, IEI's mission is to make employment a higher priority among community mental health services. This article will discuss training and system change techniques employed by IEI, designed around a Social Learning Theory paradigm, with special emphasis on the benefits of providing direct employment services as a key training strategy. Direct service provides a unique opportunity to positively influence mental health practitioners' attitudes, knowledge, and skills related to employment. When combined with traditional methods of instruction, direct service can provide an effective means of facilitating the successful transfer of training. Interventions used by IEI staff members are presented and case studies exemplifying these strategies are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-112
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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