Authors: Caitlin McDowell
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Translating research into practical strategies for improving the provision of employment supports
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: There is a substantial gap between evidence-based vocational services and those that are widely available for people living with mental illness in Australia and internationally (Bonfils, Hansen, Dalum, & Eplov, 2016; Stirling, Higgins, & Petrakis, 2017). This presentation draws on the findings of a grounded theory study of Australian employment specialists’ views and practices related to supporting clients with mental illness. This study found that the employment specialists’ core concern was to help move clients forward toward sustainable employment. Several key themes were identified that contributed to this process. This presentation will focus on translating these findings into practical recommendations to improve the provision of employment supports and to reduce practice tensions for employment specialists. Key recommendations include modifying employment policies and providing training to deliver evidence-based practices that offer a range of vocational services, pathways, and adjunct interventions tailored to clients’ interests, needs and readiness for change.