Delivering Employment Support to Clients with Mental Illness in Community Settings for Non-Mental Health Staff
This course is designed to give participants a basic understanding of the origins of IPS, the underpinning skills and knowledge to apply the skills in day-to-day practice. IPS is an evidence-based practice method that was originally developed for use with clients with severe mental illness with a focus on rapid employer engagement
Our new Individual Place and Support (IPS) for non-mental health staff bridges the gap between clients with severe mental illness in clinical settings and those clients who do not have a severe mental illness or access clinical programs. The course provides guidance and importantly addresses the elephant in the IPS room – the absence of vocational methodology for non-mental health staff.
Based on our work with this client cohort in the field and the evidence for practice with clients with mental illness, the course covers:
- The Eight Core Principles of IPS
- Practice Boundaries
- Basic Counselling Skills
- Motivational Interviewing
- Listening Skills
- The Role of the Family
- Employment Practice
- the Use of the CDERP developed Individual Discovery Record – Mental Health
- IPS principles in Practice
- Post Placement Support Planning
These skills and knowledge will be invaluable for employment staff working across the broad spectrum of clients that utilise employment support. It will also facilitate a closer working alliance with mental health specialists where that opportunity exists, particularly in these challenging times.