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Integrated Employment Institute

Our mission is to achieve career parity for individuals with mental health conditions. We believe employment and education are critical to recovery. We also know that behavioral health providers and post-secondary education faculty and staff need supports and services in place to ensure the success of those recovering from psychiatric conditions. As consultants, we are experienced in providing research-based, cost-effective training and guidance to providers, educators, consumers and service systems so individuals with mental health conditions can flourish in the work environment or the classroom.

About us:

  • More than 20 years of providing career services and training in a variety of settings, including
    housing, ACT teams, psychosocial rehabilitation programs, supported employment programs,
    supported education programs, clubhouses, and post-secondary disability services offices
  • Rutgers School of Health Professions was one of the first schools in the nation to offer degrees
    in psychiatric rehabilitation and classes in Supported Education and Supported Employment
  • Expertise in managing organizational change

We offer:

  • Training in career development for adults, young adults, and transition-age youth
  • Expertise in engaging young adults, educational goal readiness, post-secondary financial aid,
    and post-secondary disability/accessibility services
  • Training relevant staff in post-secondary educational settings in how to ensure academic
    success for students affected by mental health conditions
  • Educating faculty at post-secondary educational settings about the challenges and
    implications of students’ mental health conditions
  • In-person, or live remote training

Contact us to find out how we can assist your organization: IEI_info@shp.rutgers.edu or 908 889-2470.

Our mission is to achieve career parity for individuals with mental health conditions. We believe employment and education are critical to recovery. We also know that behavioral health care providers need to be confident that supports and services are in place so those recovering from psychiatric conditions can succeed. As consultants, we are experienced in providing research-based, cost-effective training and guidance to providers, educators, consumers and service systems to ensure those with mental health conditions can flourish in the work environment or the classroom.

About us:

  • More than 20 years of providing career services consultation and training in a variety of settings, including housing, ACT teams, psychosocial rehabilitation programs, supported employment programs, supported education programs, and clubhouses
  • Rutgers School of Health Professions was one of the first schools in the nation to offer degrees in psychiatric rehabilitation and classes in Supported Employment and Supported Education
  • Trainers and consultants have a wealth of experience in direct service provision and research
  • Expertise in managing organizational change

We offer:

  • Classroom-based learning supplemented by in-vivo training
  • Train-the-trainer approach to help organizations build capacity to improve employment outcomes
  • Training in areas such as employment goal readiness, job development, marketing, and career advancement/ongoing support

Contact us to find out how we can assist your organization: IEI_info@shp.rutgers.edu or 908 889-2470.

Prevocational Services Professional Development:  This series is designed for practitioners working in partial care, partial hospitalization or other treatment based settings. The focus is on preparatory activities designed for use with individuals or in a group setting.
Rolling Enrollment

Web-based, pre-recorded

(Link sent via email)

F1:  Work & Recovery

 

Examine the importance of recovery, the relationship of work and recovery, and empowerment strategies that promote work.  Learn information to counter common myths about work and mental illness, and examine the benefits and barriers of returning to work.

SEPT 11, 2019

10AM – 1:30PM

Rutgers/Camden County College

200 College Drive

Jefferson Hall, Room 306

Blackwood, New Jersey

F2:  Entitlements & Work

 

Overview of the definition of disability according to SSA guidelines and distinguish between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In addition, learn how work may impact SSDI and SSI recipients’ benefits.

MUST ATTEND BOTH PARTS

 

PART I – SEPT 25, 2019

10AM – 4PM

Rutgers/Camden County College

200 College Drive

Jefferson Hall, Room 306

Blackwood, New Jersey

 

PART II – OCT 9, 2019

10AM – 4PM

Rutgers/Camden County College

200 College Drive

Jefferson Hall, Room 306

Blackwood, New Jersey

S1:  Assess and Developing Readiness Parts I and II

 

Part I – Readiness Development – Communication Skills

This first session will provide the opportunity for participants to review and practice the core communication skills necessary to facilitate collaborative dialogues with individuals with whom they work. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to practice these skills in a number of role play situations, preparing them for use of these skills in the next session where they will begin to practice conducting employment readiness assessments.

Part II – Readiness Development – PRRDP

Readiness is defined as interest in and willingness to engage in a process toward the accomplishment of a goal. This session will review the purpose of readiness assessment, identify and discuss the factors associated with readiness, present the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Readiness Determination Profile (PRRDP), a semi-structured interview tool to assess readiness, provide participants the opportunity to practice using the assessment tool, and explore strategies for developing and increasing readiness related to employment goals based on PRRDP assessment results.

OCT 23, 2019

10AM – 12:30PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

S2:  Recovery Planning and Employment Goals

 

Overview of how to identify the factors to consider before writing goals, including the concept that goals can and will change over time.  Learn to include consumers as an integral part of identifying the information that should be included in the overall recovery planning.

NOV 6, 2019

10AM – 12:30PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

S4:  Community Supports & Families

 

This workshop will look at supports from two perspectives.  First, participants will learn why family members are invaluable resources and how they can engage family members through the vocational process.  Second, they will learn about community resources that are available to assist people with mental illness overcome barriers to work.

NOV 20, 2019

10AM – 4PM

Rutgers/Camden County College

200 College Drive

Jefferson Hall, Room 306

Blackwood, New Jersey

S3:  Career Planning and Development

 

This session will explore employment development from a career-oriented perspective in order to assist people in achieving productive job matches.  It will include approaches to facilitate the process for people who are determining their values, interests, preferences, and in increasing their knowledge of the work world.

 

MUST ATTEND BOTH PARTS

 

PART I – DEC 4, 2019

10AM – 12:30PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

 

PART II – DEC 11, 2019

10AM – 12:30PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

P1:  Co-Occurring Disorders and Employment (MICA) Parts I and II

 

Explore employment for persons who experience both a mental illness and substance use disorders.  The session will identify the differences between substance abuse and dependency and discuss the impact of alcohol and drugs on psychosocial functioning.  Strategies for working with individuals with co-occurring disorders who are seeking employment will be reviewed.

Career Services Professional Development:  This series is designed for practitioners/vocational specialists working in community based settings such as Supported Employment, Supported Education, Supported Housing, or PACT. The focus is on developing strategies to help people work toward individualized employment or educational goals.
SEPT 18, 2019

10AM – 3:30PM

Rutgers/Camden County College

200 College Drive

Jefferson Hall, Room 306

Blackwood, New Jersey

CS X: Job Development

Are you struggling with job development activities?  Do you not know where to begin when it comes to identifying and approaching employers?  This highly interactive workshop will explore the basics of job development—-creating effective marketing materials, introducing your employment services in a businesslike manner, and contacting potential employers.  Trainees will have the opportunity to practice, practice, practice job development techniques and learn from experienced job developers  what it takes to “sell” your employment services.    Trainees should bring with them any marketing materials they have, including business cards, brochures, and fact sheets.

OCT 23, 2019

1PM – 3PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

CS IX:  Managing Personal Information

 

Teaching individuals who have been out of the workforce job seeking skills is crucial to the recovery process and long-term community integration. The focus of this training will be to provide staff members with tools and resources to assist jobseekers with conducting a self-directed search. An additional component to this training will be providing participants working with individuals with disabilities tools and resources on issues of disclosure and management of personal information.

MUST ATTEND BOTH PARTS

 

PART I – OCT 30, 2019

10AM – 3:30PM

Rutgers/Camden County College

200 College Drive

Jefferson Hall, Room 306

Blackwood, New Jersey

PART II – NOV 13, 2019

10AM – 3:30PM

Rutgers/Camden County College

200 College Drive

Jefferson Hall, Room 306

Blackwood, New Jersey

 

MI:  Motivational Interviewing Parts I and II

This two part session will review how employment and education services can be enhanced by embedding Motivational Interviewing counseling techniques into services.In the first session,  practitioners will learn: the basic tenants of Motivational Interviewing,  how to develop basic Motivational Interviewing counseling skills and ways to enhance the therapeutic alliance. In the second session, practitioners will build upon their MI knowledge by learning specific tools and techniques to use when exploring a person’s  ambivalence and ways to respond to change talk /sustain talk.

There is no fee required for these trainings, however, seating is limited so pre-registration is required.  Registered participants will be notified in advance of any changes or cancellations via email or phone.

Integrated Employment Institute Registration form

  • Please select all of the sessions you are interested in:
  • *These sessions are not part of the Prevocational Services Series.
    There is no fee required for these trainings, however, seating is limited so pre-registration is required. Registered participants will be notified in advance of any changes or cancellations via email or phone.
    Sign in will begin at 9:45am. All trainings will begin promptly at 10am. All in person dates listed above will be on Camden County College, Blackwood Campus, Jefferson Hall, Room 306.

Testimonial:

“We’ve contracted with the IEI for professional development services in supported employment and education support, both for providers and internal staff. The customized, on-the-job, in-vivo technical assistance service was invaluable to sustain the skills needed to produce quality outcomes. Service providers reported learning practical tools and skills to improve performance.”

—Yumiko L. Ikuta, MBA
Director of Rehabilitation Programs
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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