Program Topics

With a strong foundation in the literature of psychiatric rehabilitation, the content and structure of the Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation has been refined by an active advisory committee of rehabilitation educators, clinicians, and administrators as well as consumers of vocational rehabilitation services. Training institutes focus on the following topics:


Partnering Competencies

The skills a practitioner needs to fully engage the service recipient in the Vocational Rehabilitation process. The skills presented throughout the program include: Orienting, Reflecting, Requesting information, and Summarizing.

Identifying Vocational Needs

Listing generic and personalized outcomes for the Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation process. The activities participants will learn involve Explaining services, Exploring initial hopes and interests, and Selecting service direction.

Facilitating Vocational Rehabilitation Readiness

Determining strategies for helping a service recipient engage in and sustain involvement in vocational rehabilitation activities. Assessing readiness, Developing readiness, and Choosing a preliminary goal are the main activities of Facilitating vocational rehabilitation readiness.

Personalizing Vocational Assessment

Designing an individual diagnostic process for facilitating goal achievement. The skills of assisting recipients to Identify essential requirements, Evaluate the present profile, and Validate the goal will be presented.

Achieving Vocational Placements

Helping people who have psychiatric disabilities to secure admission to and acceptance by preferred work environments. Locating “best fit” placements, Marketing strengths, and Networking with employers will be discussed in detail.

Developing Essential Skills, Supports, & Accommodations

Arranging ways of increasing assets needed to get and/or keep a placement is essential in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation. The competencies of Developing essential skills and supports are Enhancing performance, Accessing resources and Arranging for accommodations.

Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse Service Recipients

Involves adapting the vocational rehabilitation process to deliver effective interventions to service recipients who have a variety of backgrounds. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to Place the person in context, and Understand specific cultures within the sixth Institute.