Serious Mental Illness and Supported Employment: Success in the Workplace​

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET


Supported Employment (SE) refers to evidence-based practices which recognize the importance of work to recovery for people living with serious mental illness, concurrent disorders and substance use problems. Supported Employment models support people to access competitive employment positions and provide individualized training and support to help the person succeed in the job. There is substantial evidence that Supported Employment programs result in good vocational outcomes with people generally succeeding in competitive employment and with employers satisfied with their job performance. An additional major benefit is that those in Supported Employment programs have improved clinical outcomes with significantly fewer psychiatric emergencies and hospitalizations.

You will learn:

  • Supported Employment approaches, particularly IPS (Individual Placement and Support)
  • Evidence for effectiveness of Supported Employment—vocational and clinical outcomes
  • Importance of Supported Employment programs to reduce the personal, economic and societal burden of mental illness
  • Need to integrate mental health and vocational services for people with serious mental illness including substance use problems.

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Take-home m​essages:

  • Supported Employment programs make it possible for people in recovery from serious mental illness to succeed in real jobs
  • Supported Employment programs lead to much greater success in community living for people in recovery from serious mental illness
  • Supported Employment programs can significantly reduce the burden of serious mental illness for people in recovery, their families and society

Hosted by

John Higenbottam

John Higenbottam, PhD

Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC, Canada
Dr. John Higenbottam is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who has held senior clinical leadership positions in British Columbia including Vice President, Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, Vice President, BC Rehab and Vice President, Riverview Hospital. John has also held several academic positions, including Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Victoria, Associate Dean and Chair, Psychology at Douglas College. He is currently Faculty Emeritus, Douglas College and Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC. John is also Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health which has become an important venue for Canadian mental health research. John is Chair, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Réadaptation Psychosociale Canada (PSR/RPS Canada) and Chair of its BC Chapter. PSR Canada is Canada's major organization promoting Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) practices as essential to recovery and mental health system reform. BC and served for two terms as Chair, Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), Canada's major alliance of 19 national mental health organizations. He is also a Director, BC's Community Action Initiative. John also served two terms as a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Service Systems Advisory Committee. While on this committee, he co-led a major national study and report on mental health housing, Turning the Key. John's major clinical and research interests are in developing, implementing and evaluating effective, recovery oriented mental health systems and services.
This program is pre-approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada) for one hour training session.
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