Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Ripple

Ripple: What we know about employment for people with mental health challenges

The Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation designed Ripple to introduce the most current information about the impact of employment, as well as long-term unemployment, on people with mental health challenges.

The question of “who does employment?” — that is, whose responsibility it is — has served to segment employment services into siloes, disconnected from other services. However, the most current research on employment of individuals living with a psychiatric makes it clear that employment is an important concern to address in every service, including clinical.

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation designed Ripple to support clinical staff as they consider ways to include employment in services without increasing their already burdensome workloads. Centered around brief discussions (approximately 15 minutes each) integrated into staff/team meetings, Ripple provides manualized activities easily accessed and used in any group meeting.

How it Works: Components of Participation in Ripple

·       Subscription to a series of email messages sent every day for approximately one month (33 days). Each message communicates one fact about employment drawn from recent research, as well as a link for deeper dives on the topic should the person so choose.

·       Participation in a discussion and small activity integrated into five (5) regular staff or team meetings (the Manager’s Guide provides facilitation instruction with activities and a Staff Guide houses the activities.)

·       The completion of brief surveys at the beginning and end of the project.

Staff Sign-up For Ripple Messaging