Empowerment Through Employment

Donald M. Linhorst

in Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171877
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865338 | DOI:
 Empowerment Through Employment

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This chapter applies the nine conditions for empowerment introduced in Chapter 4 to employment. Employment is empowering because it affords people a range of consumer and lifestyle choices, it increases financial independence, it has interpersonal and social benefits, and it plays an important role in the recovery process of many people with mental illness. Employment incentives and disincentives are explored, including those found under SSI and SSDI. The chapter also discusses structures to promote employment, including supported employment, transitional employment positions, consumer businesses and self-employment, social enterprises, sheltered workshops, and volunteer work. Case studies from a state psychiatric hospital and a community mental health illustrate the application of conditions. The chapter concludes with fourteen guidelines to promote empowerment through employment.

Keywords: SSI; SSDI; supported employment; transitional employment; self-employment; social enterprises; volunteer work

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