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IPS Mental Health Vocational Rehabilitation & Recovery Coaching

What Is IPS?

IPS stands for Individual Placement and Support. It is an evidence based model of Vocational Rehabilitation which supports people with mental health conditions into mainstream paid employment.
Essentially IPS practitioners believe it is the job opportunity itself that breeds recovery. It recognises that mainstream job opportunities brings personal fulfillment, a sense of purpose, a sense of identity, friendships, relationships, structure, achievements, financial rewards and a meaningful role in society, promoting social inclusion for people who experience mental health conditions.

The IPS model of supporting people with mental health conditions into employment aligns Vocational Recovery Coaches with clinical teams and believes in eight core principles:

It aims to get people into competitive employment

 

It is open to all those who want to work

 

It tries to find jobs consistent with people’s preferences

 

It works quickly/rapid job search

 

It brings employment specialists into clinical teams

 

Employment specialists develop relationships with employers based upon a person’s work preferences

 

It provides time unlimited and individualised support for the client and their employer

 

Welfare Benefits supported transitions are integrated where relevant

 

The Individual Placement and support model believes in

Getting people into competitive employment first with training and support on the job

 

Constant attention to equality and mainstream social inclusion.

 

Does not need cure or ‘work ready position’ to begin supporting people, only a person wanting to work

 

Focuses on skills and attributes

 

Promotes hope

 

Creates a working relationship of empowerment and possibility

 

Being solution focused

 

Problem solving

 

Uses clinical team to manage and adapt mental health treatment in accordance with employment support and related challenges

 

Identifying and addressing service users and professionals limiting beliefs

 

Accommodates mental health conditions and related disclosure in recruitment process

 

Negotiates reasonable adjustments within job/career to incorporate challenges that may occur due to fluctuating mental health conditions

 

Ongoing vocational support to both employer and client/ in work support

What does a Vocational Recovery Coach do to help me?

Initiates and builds a collaborative relationship with my mental health care professionals

 

Discusses my work history and transferable skills, even if I haven’t worked or have employment gaps

 

Helps me identify my job goals in line with my values

 

Helps me writing my CV

 

Helps me with application forms

 

Helps introduce me to employers to discuss job opportunities and ways forward

 

Helps me prepare for job interviews

 

Helps me identity my barriers to employment and look for solutions and ways of moving forward into sustainable employment

 

Works with my medical team to help support my mental health needs into employment

 

Helps me regain my independence by helping me to utilise my personal and professional support networks

 

Helps me with welfare benefits when returning to work

 

Works with my employer to manage my support needs and professional development

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