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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 

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 

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 activity designed for use with individuals or in group settings.


Part 1: Feb 2, 2021
Part 2: Feb 9, 2021


10 AM – 11 AM
Live Webinar (Zoom)A webcam is required.
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.

Part 1: Feb 16, 2021
Part 2: Feb 23, 2021
Part 3: Mar 3, 2021
Part 4: Mar 9, 2021


10 AM – 11 AM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.
S1: Assess and Developing Readiness
Participants will review and practice the core communication skills necessary to facilitate collaborative dialogues with individuals with whom they work.
Participants will also develop readiness, which is defined as interest in and willingness to engage in a process toward the accomplishment of a goal. You 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.

Mar 16, 2021


10 AM – 11 AM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.
S6: Supporting Independent Job Search
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.

Part 1: Mar 23, 2021
Part 2: Mar 30, 2021
Part 3: Apr 13, 2021

10 AM – 11 AM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.
S7: Promoting Wellness for Employment
We will give an overview of the six dimensions of wellness and discuss strategies to maintain health in each dimension. We will introduce the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) as a self-directed recovery tool that is created by an individual to pursue their path to recovery as well as discuss other relapse prevention strategies that can be utilized to increase employment success.

Apr 20, 2021

10 AM – 11 AM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

S8: Integrating Clinical and Prevocational Services

Identify common goals that clinical and vocational providers share, explore the role of clinical staff in the return-to-work process, and discuss approaches to increase collaboration between employment programs and clinical staff.

Part 1: Apr 27, 2021
Part 2: May 4, 2021
Part 3: May 11, 2021

10 AM – 11 AM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

S9: Methods for Teaching Employment Related Skills

Examine how skills groups differ from support and other types of groups (e.g., psycho-education, mutual self-help). Learn group leadership skills for successful employment skills groups as well as the steps for teaching skills in effective and interesting groups.

Part 1: May 18, 2021
Part 2: May 25, 2021


10 AM – 11 AM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

S5: Employment Groups

This session will examine the benefits and challenges of offering employment support groups, provide information on how to start a group, and offer tips on making the groups effective and interesting for participants.

Career Services/Wellness Trainings:
These trainings directly address skills & resources relevant to the current crisis, specifically related to the provision of career services and staff wellness.


Session 1: Feb 3, 2021
Session 2: Feb 10, 2021
Session 3: Feb 17, 2021

11 AM – 12 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

Addressing Remote Learning Challenges

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many students in postsecondary education are finding themselves learning remotely. Attending an academic program online can be challenging, especially for students that struggle with self-motivation, organization, and time management. In this session, we will review support strategies to assist remote students in improving their skills for online learning.

Feb 10, 2021

2 PM – 3 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

Marketing Your Employment Services

Marketing planning is critical to effective individualized job development. The benefits of using labor market trends and projections to stay current and to update and enhance marketing initiatives will be explored. We will examine specific strategies for effectively using labor market information to inform marketing planning and subsequent job development practices.

TBD
11 AM – 12 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

Improving SE & SEd Referrals

More information to come.

Feb 24, 2021


2 PM – 3 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)A webcam is required.

Developing Relationships with Employers

Interactions with employers include more than just reaching out and asking if they are hiring. This training reviews different strategies to improve relationship building. Some specific strategies include networking and using social media to engage with the business community. Developing relationships provides opportunities for effective job matching between employers and job seekers.

Mar 3, 2021


11 AM – 12 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

Online Learners for Midterms & Finals

The time between midterm to final exams is notoriously one of the most stress inducing periods for most students in postsecondary education. This period is usually flooded with due dates of semester projects, term papers, and tests. In this session we will review recommended services and strategies for supporting students with mental health conditions through the most demanding time in their semester with emphasis on academic success and wellness management.

Mar 10, 2021


11 AM – 12 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

Addressing Provider Burnout

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, over half of mental health practitioners surveyed nationally reported moderate to high levels of burnout. Now with the added impact of Covid-19, mental health practitioners have been tending to the trauma of not only the people they serve but their own traumatic stress as well. This influx of bidirectional traumatic stress has taxed the mental health service system by increasing the levels of burnout in the mental health workforce. In this session, we will explore burnout and compassion fatigue in practitioners providing vocational services and discuss macro and micro strategies to mitigate burnout within your staff, your mental health programs, and yourself.

Mar 10, 2021


2 PM – 3 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

Inclusive Work Cultures: Assessing for Fit

Inclusive Work Cultures: Assessing for Fit Examining work culture provides an opportunity to gather important material about the company to assist job seekers in assessing for fit. Work culture includes how employees interact with one another, the values of an organization, as well as characteristics such as physical space and the hierarchical structure. We will discuss ways to assess work culture in order to provide job seekers with valuable information about this critical component of a workplace.

Mar 17, 2021


11 AM – 12 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

Promoting Equity and Identity Through Language

Language has long since been a salient feature of the development of identity. Historically, language in the mental health field had connotations derived from the medical model paradigm and thus, were often discriminatory and stigmatizing. Newer verbiage in the field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation has since been developed to minimize internal stigma and support positive identity development, especially those of student and worker. This session will present a language approach to addressing individual’s with health conditions engaged in career or prevocational services, the “Person First” approach. Additionally, we explore why Vocational Specialists should be cognizant of the impact of language in the therapeutic alliance and how it influences the narrative of people engaged in services.

Mar 24, 2021


11 AM – 12 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

Developing Effective Career Goals

This training will focus on assisting job seekers with developing career goals and objectives. We’ll review the importance of developing goals that are consistent with job seekers’ interests, preferences, and career-related values as well as identifying the elements of SMART goals. Additionally, we’ll practice developing SMART goals. Please come prepared with a goal in mind, either your own or a job seeker’s, so that we can apply SMART goal planning during the webinar.

Apr 7, 2021


11 AM – 12 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

Supported Education Roundtable

Supporting students with mental health conditions in post-secondary education can prove to be challenging and very rewarding. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has further compounded the barriers Education Specialists face. In this session we will focus on providing case conceptualization support and consultation on how to remove barriers and increase academic goal attainment or maintenance. Please come to this session with a deidentified student to discuss using the Roundtable Consultation Form.

Apr 14, 2021


11 AM – 12 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom
A webcam is required.

Supported Employment Roundtable

Supporting workers with mental health conditions in their employment positions can prove to be challenging and very rewarding. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has further compounded the barriers Employment Specialists face. In this session we will focus on providing case conceptualization support and consultation on how to remove barriers and increase employment goal attainment or maintenance. Please come to this session with a deidentified worker to discuss using the Roundtable Consultation Form.

Session 1: Apr 21, 2021
Session 2: Apr 28, 2021


11 AM – 12 PM
Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

Seminar for College Students

More information to come.

May 5, 2021

11 AM – 12 PM

Live Webinar (Zoom)
A webcam is required.

Trauma Informed Career Services

Unfortunately, individuals with PTSD and additional mental health conditions have been observed to have worse employment outcomes, lower rates of competitive work, fewer hours worked, and fewer wages earned than those without PTSD. Employers also observe increased rates of employee absenteeism, decreased work performance, and decreased productivity in relation to employees with PTSD. The impact of trauma on employment goals can be profound and is often left unaddressed. This session will review common trauma responses and how to implement Trauma Informed Care (TIC) in career services.

Integrated Employment Institute Registration form