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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: Nov 17, 2020

PART 2: Nov 24, 2020

 

Time for all parts is 10 AM – 11 AM

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

F2: Entitlements and Employment (SSI & SSDI)

 

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.

Dates are TBD

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

S1: Communication and Readiness

 

These sessions 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. We will also review the purpose of readiness, identify, and discuss the factors associated with it, and present the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Readiness Determination Profile (PRRDP); a semi-structured interview tool to assess readiness.

Oct 6, 2020

10 AM – 11 AM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

S2: 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.

PART 1: Oct 13, 2020

PART 2: Oct 20, 2020

PART 3: Oct 27, 2020

PART 4: Nov 3, 2020

 

Time for all parts is 10 AM – 11 AM

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

S3: Career Planning and Development

 

This four-part session will explore employment development from a career-oriented perspective 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.

Nov 10, 2020

10 AM – 11 AM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

S4: Community and Family Supports

 

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.

PART 1: Dec 1, 2020

PART 2: Dec 8, 2020

 

Time for all parts is 10 AM – 11 AM

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

P1: Co-Occurring Disorders

 

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.

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

PART 1: Sept 9, 2020

PART 2: Sept 16, 2020

 

Time for all parts is 11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

Supporting Wellness for Work

 

Supporting wellness when people with mental health conditions enter the world of work is crucial for job satisfaction and success. In this two-part webinar, we will review a tool aimed to assist practitioners in supporting wellness for the world of work. The first part will provide an overview of the wellness tool and workbook, while the second part will review the tool for work, emphasizing the development of an employment wellness crisis plan which can support the continuity of vocational goals and services even in the event of a mental health crisis.

Sept 23, 2020

11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

Grounding and Gratitude

 

Want to know a strategy that can improve your mental and physical health? This workshop will introduce you to a research-backed practice that can do just that- Gratitude! Finding something to be grateful for each day, especially in the most stressful of times, can be challenging, you’ll learn strategies to incorporate the practice of gratitude into your life. Additionally, participants will be introduced to grounding techniques as a coping tool to manage extreme emotions.

 

Sept 30, 2020

11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

Organizing My Time & Space
Oct 7, 2020

11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

Navigating Ambivalence in Employment or Education Goals

 

When providing employment and education support services, it can be common for people to express interest in returning to work or school while simultaneously wanting to NOT return to work or school. This can prove to be a challenging dilemma for practitioners, especially in determining how to proceed. In this session, we will review Motivational Interviewing tools (Decisions Balance and Importance Confidence Readiness scale) that can support the exploration of these opposing desires of the people you serve so that they may gain clarity on how to proceed.

Oct 14, 2020

11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

Catching & Reframing Negative Self-Talk

 

Our brains are powerful! They process information, produce reactions, and generate thoughts. These thoughts are shaped by our past experiences, our perspectives on life, and our emotional state. In this workshop we will look at those thoughts and how we talk to ourselves about ourselves as this often frames how we look at life. We will practice catching and reframing negative self-talk and will conclude with a breathing exercise.

Oct 21, 2020

11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

Identifying Distortions

 

Did you know your brain lies to you??? Cognitive distortions are our mind’s way of convincing us something is true when it isn’t. These distortions usually reinforce negative thought patterns and most of us do this unknowingly! In this session we will explore some common cognitive distortions (knowing is half the battle!). This session will conclude with a wellness exercise.

Oct 28, 2020

11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

Energy Tracking & Prioritization to Improve Time Management

Time management is a critical component of providing high quality service while maintaining personal wellness. The current environment has all of us re-evaluating our strategies for managing new roles and shifting responsibilities. This webinar will provide participants with an in-depth look at two strategies for time management: planning around energy and prioritizing based on urgency and importance.

Nov 4, 2020

11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

Team Building While Working Remotely

Working collaboratively is a key element to providing effective career services. During this time of remote work and social distancing, team building may not be adequately addressed. It is even more important to continue to remain a cohesive team during this stressful and challenging time. This training will provide participants with tools and strategies to reinforce team cohesiveness.

Nov 11, 2020

11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

The Power of Peers in Career Services

 

Peer support has been demonstrated to be an invaluable source of support and empowerment for assisting people with mental health conditions in making progress towards their recovery goals. In this session, we will review the benefits of peer support and determine ways you can foster peer support and peer connections in your career services practice.

Nov 18, 2020

11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

Creating an Elevator Speech: A Valuable Job Development Skill

This training provides a framework for creating an elevator speech when introducing yourself and employment services to a potential employer. An elevator speech is a brief overview of who you are and why an employer may want to hear more about your employment services. This concise yet powerful tool can increase confidence around making the initial contact with employers. Trainees will leave the training with their own newly created elevator speech to use when job developing and other business related interactions.

 

Dec 2, 2020

11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

Implicit Bias in Career Services

Implicit bias has been identified as a barrier to behavioral healthcare services as well as a contributing factor to unemployment. In this session, we will explore how implicit bias impacts practitioners in the career services setting. Additionally, we will explore how implicit bias may impede employment and educational goals for people with mental health conditions.

Dec 9, 2020

11 AM – 12 PM

 

Live Webinar (Zoom)

A webcam is required.

Using Mental Rehearsal to Increase Confidence Around Employment Mental rehearsal is used in a variety of environments that require confidence and a
belief in one’s ability to succeed. It’s used in sports, business, and other high-pressure situations. Mental rehearsal helps individuals to imagine success and a positive outcome as well as reduce the stress felt in certain situations. This interactive training adopts the concepts of mental rehearsal to career development. Trainees will learn how to apply the steps of mental rehearsal when working with job seekers during the job search, including the application and interviewing stages.

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

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