The “Let’s Talk Employment: A Guide to Employment for Family Members of Individuals in Mental Health Recovery” guide is a toolkit for families who want to support their loved one in mental health recovery to find and keep a job. Families can be extremely helpful in promoting successful employment, and this Guide is an effort to support families and job seekers as they look for and continue employment.
This guide is a companion to the “Family (Employment) Repository,” a resource for helping families who want to be supportive around employment issues. The repository is provided in an interactive question and answer format and allows the user to search for the desired information with more of a focus on the process of employment choices.
Table of Contents
1. To Work or Not to Work?
2. What Families Can Do to Help Job Seekers Overcome Vocational Barriers
3. Vocational Decisions & Vocational Resources
4. Disclosure Planning
5. Steps Towards Employment: Example of a Vocational Plan
6. Myths and Facts–What Happens When My Family Member Goes to Work?
7. Job Keeping: Skills & Supports
8. Job Protections
9. Cultural Issues and Special Populations in Employment
10. Peer Support for Your Family Member
11. Partnering with Providers
12. What about Career Development?
13. Alternatives to Traditional “Job Placement”
14. Recovery for the Whole Family
15. Vocational Recovery Stories
This guide was created by the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.