Enhancing Workplace Inclusion for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities

Rick Forbess, Marianne Farkas, Zlatka Russinova, and Philippe Bloch

Enhancing Workplace Inclusion for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities

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Audience: Recommended for educators, students, practitioners, supervisors, trainers, and consumers—anyone interested in understanding and serving the needs of persons with psychiatric disabilities. Valuable resource for
staff development and for classroom use in courses in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, and social work.


The key components of the Enhancing Workplace Inclusion for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities guide include: a description of six guiding principles for the provision of technical assistance; a narrative overview of the seven major steps of the technical assistance process; and discrete sections for each step including the intended outcomes for the step, guidelines for conducting the step; and a case study example of the step. The benefit of using the guide is increased understanding about how to effectively involve employers in the development, implementation, and improvement of strategies designed to eliminate prejudicial and discriminatory behaviors toward people with psychiatric disabilities in the workplace.

Citation: Forbess, R., Farkas, M., & Russinova, Z. (2010). Enhancing workplace inclusion for employees with psychiatric disabilities. Boston: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

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PDF: 32 Pages

Table of Contents

Orientation to the Technical Assistance Process Guide
Overview of Technical Assistance Principles and Process
Step 1: Engaging the Employer
Step 2: Targeting Discriminatory Behaviors
Step 3: Developing Policies
Step 4: Establishing Benchmarks
Step 5: Designing Benchmark Evaluation
Step 6: Educating Employees
Step 7: Addressing Problems
Appendix: Sample Survey Questions


Rick Forbess Rick Forbess, MSSW, is currently the Associate Director of Training at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. He began his career as a provider, supervisor, and manager in community mental health centers in Texas and Maine. He received his Masters of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1978 and joined the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as a Senior Training Associate in 1985. Since that time he has provided training and technical assistance to a wide range of mental health agencies throughout the United States and Canada in order to implement psychiatric rehabilitation, person-centered service planning, and other services guided by values considered central to facilitating a person’s recovery from mental illness. He has developed and assisted with the development of training technologies, manuals, guides, and program curricula and has co-authored published articles and book chapters on psychiatric rehabilitation and case management.

Marianne Farkas Marianne Farkas, ScD, has been and  is currently the Co-Principal Investigator of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for over 15 years and a professor in Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She has authored and co-authored over 65 articles in professional journals, 4 textbooks, a dozen book chapters, and 6 multi-media training package; and is on a  myriad of editorial review boards. For more than 30 years, Dr. Farkas has worked in various capacities in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery that have enabled her to promote the use of effective strategies and programs with diverse populations around the globe. Until recently she was the Vice President of the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) and the President of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC). Among her many roles providing training, research, and consultation; Dr. Farkas was in charge of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, providing training, consultation, and research expertise to the W.H.O. network around the globe. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field including a Lifetime Achievement Award in in recognition of “…her outstanding contributions to the pre-eminence and practice of psychosocial rehabilitation.”

Zlatka Russinova, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate at the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Dr. Russinova is a Principal Co-Investigator for the NIDRR funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program in Psychiatric Rehabilitation (2002-2012). She has served as the Principal Investigator for three projects examining employment issues among persons with psychiatric disabilities that have been funded as part of NIDRR’s Field Initiated Projects program. One of these projects was longitudinal study on sustained employment among persons with psychiatric disabilities. The second project examined the factors that determine the vocational recovery of persons with psychiatric disabilities and the third project explores the interrelationships between psychiatric stigma, disclosure at the workplace and vocational recovery. Dr. Russinova has served as Project Director on several research projects over the course of four consecutive NIDRR funded Research and Training Centers (RTC) on rehabilitation of people with long-term mental illness. Dr. Russinova is a clinical psychologist, who has had a Harvard Medical School academic appointment as a Clinical Fellow for several years.


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