Video: Choose-Get-Keep Approach to Vocational Programming

William A. Anthony with narrator, Tim Harrington

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William Anthony, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, discusses the choose-get-keep approach to job development with narrator Tim Harrington in a video produced by Irene Ward and Associates, as part of a Topical Shorts series.

In this 22-minute videotape, William Anthony explains that the choose-get-keep approach is a way of looking at vocational development from a consumer’s frame of reference. It is an approach that emphasizes consumer choice, opportunity, growth, and movement as opposed to traditional services that focus on pathology and symptomology.

He describes a system of vocational services that helps consumers to identify and pursue vocational goals based on their own value system, interests, and aptitudes and then provides the supports that are needed, as they are needed, to help consumers explore, secure, and maintain their choices.

In this video about the choose-get-keep approach to job development, William Anthony answers the following questions:

  • You and Karen Danley go way back to the late 70s or early 1980s when you developed the choose-get-keep model. What is it and why are you still writing about it?
  • There has been much written in the human resource field on employers seeking job candidates who possess hard to measure skills like being good communicators, having good teaming skills, and having all around good social skills. Studies in the developmental disabilities field have shown the social skills are cumulative and that people’s skills dramatically increase as they gain experience. Does the same hold true for psychiatric disabilities?
  • How can we, as a field, do a better job helping people choose without reverting back to the readiness model that keeps people trapped in segregated settings?
  • What if a person chooses a certain job or career that “experts” may disagree with. What’s more important: helping a person get out there and allowing for experimentation so that a person can get “crisper” regarding what it is they really want to do? Or, not letting a person because the “experts” disagree.
  • What is state-of-the-art in keeping phase regarding remote coaching? Community support services? Peer counseling?
  • Does the field of vocational rehabilitation understand and support the choose-get-keep model? How can we work with them to change that?

Product Details

VHS (NTSC): 22 minutes
Published: 1996
PAL formatted videos are not available.

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