Helping people with disabilities gain employment.

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    How do you go about interviewing employers (talking with them about their business needs and hiring preferences)?  Are there certain questions to ask?  Do you wing it?

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    What does a typical week for an employment specialist look like?

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    What is the definition of competitive employment?

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    Many people in our town want to work for one particular factory because it is the largest employer and because those jobs pay well. But we understand that we should strive to work with a diverse range of employers and avoid helping more than two people find jobs at the same business. How can we solve this dilemma?

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    How can employment specialists keep up with all of their duties when one of their clients needs intensive job coaching (20 or more hours per week) because of a co-occurring cognitive disorder?

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    Our employment specialists are wondering about offering groups to instruct clients on topics such as effective job interviewing skills. Does this fit with the IPS model of providing individualized services?

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    As a supervisor, I am encouraging my team to spend at least 65% of their scheduled work hours away from the office, but we are having trouble reaching that goal. Can you give me some ideas regarding ways that we can improve?

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    How can internships that help people train for, and take steps towards, competitive employment, be aligned with IPS supported employment principles? Other than ensuring that the internships structured like regular work (with a job description, supervision and clear schedule), do you have recommendations to make these positions a good fit with IPS?

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    How do we work with an individual who repeatedly does not show up or will not engage with us? How much time should we spend trying to reach out to him?

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    Since many employers require drug testing, how do you help people find jobs if they have active substance use disorders?

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    How do you prevent “burning” an employer when you are helping people find work so quickly?

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    Why doesn’t supported employment use vocational evaluations? Wouldn’t it be helpful for people to know more about the type of job that would be a good fit?

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    Wouldn’t it be better to have someone on the team who does job placement, rather than to ask each employment specialist to do job development?

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    As an IPS supervisor, how would I know if my program was performing well?

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    We are struggling with how to present ourselves to employers. Should we be open about working for a mental health agency, or should we create alternate business cards that indicate we work for a career center.

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    How is IPS implemented in rural districts where employment is limited and places where what the client wants to do is not offered? How would we try to match their wants and needs to what is available?

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    What type of job supports do employment specialists provide?

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    Why do you have to have two employment specialists for supported employment?

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    Why do some versions of the fidelity scale have 25 items, and others have15 items? Is one version newer?

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    Who conducts a fidelity review and who sponsors the review?

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    If a job seeker wants to take a position that might not be healthy for him, what should we do?

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    I work in the UK and our programme helps people who want to attend a craft course or a confidence-building course, for example, and we refer to this as an educational goal even if it has no relevance to their work aspirations or if they have no work aspirations at all. Is this consistent with IPS?

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    What specific job description/duties if any do Peer Support Specialists play in making IPS evidence based? Has any research in the model specifically accounted for this position? What are the recommended responsibilities for peers in IPS and are there caseload size recommendations?

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    What is the eligibility criteria for IPS, that is, what level of mental illness must a person have? Would a person with just mild depression or anxiety or drug dependence be included, or only more serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or psychosis?

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