Let’s Talk Employment: A Guide to Employment for Family Members of Individuals in Mental Health Recovery

Joan Rapp

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A new resource for families who wish to support their family member in getting and keeping employment. “Let’s Talk Employment: A Family Guide to Employment” provides a narrative and links on 15 major topics related to employment. The value of employment to persons in recovery cannot be underestimated. Families can be extremely helpful in promoting successful employment, and this Guide is an effort to support families and job seekers in their quest.

This resource is a companion to our “Family (Employment) Repository” (launched last year), which also is a resource for helping families who want to be supportive around employment issues. The repository is provided in an interactive question and answer format and allows the user to search for the desired information with more of a focus on the process of employment choices. The repository is available at: http://cpr.bu.edu/resources/employment/families.

Please share these two resources with families and family organizations that you think may be interested.

Citation: Rapp, J. (2017). Let’s talk employment: A guide for employment for family members of individuals in mental health recovery. Boston, MA: Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Product Details

PDF file: 67 Pages
Product Dimensions:
8.5 x 11 inches

Table of Contents

1. To Work or Not to Work?
2. What Families Can Do to Help Job Seekers Overcome Vocational Barriers
3. Vocational Decisions & Vocational Resources
4. Disclosure Planning
5. Steps Towards Employment: Example of a Vocational Plan
6. Myths and Facts–What Happens When My Family Member Goes to Work?
7. Job Keeping: Skills & Supports
8. Job Protections
9. Cultural Issues and Special Populations in Employment
10. Peer Support for Your Family Member
11. Partnering with Providers
12. What about Career Development?
13. Alternatives to Traditional “Job Placement”
14. Recovery for the Whole Family
15. Vocational Recovery Stories


Joan Rapp, CAGS, is involved in developing training opportunities and training materials for the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She has worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor, Supervisor, Administrator and Program Development Specialist in Psychiatric Rehabilitation for the past 45 years. She was employed by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission for ten years in various capacities including Mental Health Program Supervisor, and developed innovative vocational programs and interagency agreements. For 28 years she worked for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health primarily in developing and overseeing community mental health services including the full range of treatment, case management, residential, vocational and support services. She has had particular interests and experiences in the area of supported employment and supported education. She has supervised housing and benefits specialists and worked on numerous residential development strategies in many North Shore communities. She was also involved in special projects which address homelessness through tailored employment services, has worked with homeless men in a substance abuse facility, worked as a therapist for persons with multiple disabilites and assisted the MA Dept. of Mental Health in its Transition Age Youth system change initiative.



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