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A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness$
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Deborah R. Becker and Robert E. Drake

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195131215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195131215.001.0001

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Introduction to IPS

Introduction to IPS

(p.45) 6 Introduction to IPS
A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness

Deborah R. Becker

Robert E. Drake

Oxford University Press

This chapter starts the second section of the book on practice guidelines for implementing supported employment. It provides a brief overview of IPS services. In IPS, employment is viewed as therapeutic and normalizing. Working in regular jobs with people who don't have mental illness enhances people’s lives. Vocational assessment is based on real work experiences. Employment specialists help people access benefits counseling in order to make good decisions about working. Employment specialists encourage people to do as much in the job search process as possible. They assist the person as needed to gain competitive employment so as not to let the job search and interviewing become barriers to employment. A vignette is provided to illustrate how one person was able to return to a working life with the support of IPS services.

Keywords:   multidisciplinary treatment team, employment specialist, vocational assessment, entitlements, disclosure, job search, follow-along support, benefits counseling, working life

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