<i>Introduction to IPS</i>

Deborah R. Becker and Robert E. Drake

in A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195131215
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863808 | DOI:

Series: Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery with Vulnerable Populations

 Introduction to IPS

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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

Chapter.  2875 words. 

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