Supported employment is effective in finding, getting and keeping work for people with mental illness, but it focuses primarily on non-skilled (and often low income) work due to its model of rapid placement and place-then-train rather than train-then-place. Supported education is effective in the acquisition of skilled work abilities of people with mental illness, but it does not focus on finding, getting and keeping work. The integration of supported postsecondary education with supported employment for people with mental illness has not been studied much, but holds promise for enhancing skilled work (and typically higher income) of people with mental illness. This workshop will elaborate on a series of pilot studies of such integration that the presenter has conducted across countries, as well as his plans for further research and collaboration in relation to this integration.
Participants will enhance their awareness of the need to integrate supported education with supported employment.
Participants will enhance their knowledge of research on integrating supported education with supported employment.
Dr. Abraham (Rami) Rudnick is psychiatrist and a PhD-trained philosopher, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster University and the Psychiatrist in Chief at St Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is also a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner and has conducted, published, presented and taught in Canada and elsewhere much research on psychiatric rehabilitation. He has published on integrating supported postsecondary education with supported employment for people with mental illness, and also conducts research on barriers and enablers related to supported postsecondary education of people with mental illness.