The Work and Recovery Video project is a collection of videos illustrating the important and instrumental role that work plays in the recovery process. People with the lived experience of mental illness, providers of services, administrators, family members, friends and others are invited to talk about their perspectives on the role of employment and/or education in recovery and overall quality of life. For a more detailed discussion of the narrative sharing process and the impact this sharing can have on others, please read George Brice’s blog article, “Why Share our Personal Recovery Narratives: A Tool for Respect!” at https://vocationalvoice.com/2012/09/18/why-share-our-personal-recovery-narratives-a-tool-for-respect/
The Work and Recovery videos will be used for educational purposes, professional development, advocacy, and motivational purposes. New videos will be added on a regular basis. If you or someone you know is interested in telling a work and recovery story and having it available for others to see, please contact Joni Dolce at 856-566-2772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nathan works as a community support specialist in a supportive housing program and is also a current graduate student. He shares his perspective on the role of work in recovery from his experience as both helper and learner. Nathan touches on the overall health improvements seen in people who have returned to work. It is estimated that people with mental illnesses live 25 years less than the general population. Additionally, Nathan discusses the role that work plays as a defense against “shame and stigma” and in promoting community inclusion. Through his experience, he sees people who are working as having enhanced financial benefits, richer communication, and more exposure to the happenings in one’s community.
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions is excited to announce a NEW CERTIFICATE IN CAREER SERVICES! Starting summer 2013 the Department will be offering a 9 credit on-line certificate. Courses include:
Vocational Approaches PSRT4201 – offered in summer
Supported Education PSRT 4202– offered in fall
Supported Employment PSRT 4203– offered in spring
For more information contact Debbie Rich: email@example.com/908-889-2430.
Wanted to share this wonderfully inspirational video created and provided by NAMI Mercer’s Shalanda Shaw. Enjoy!
This post is Part I of a three part series on ORAL HEALTH beginning with discussing, the importance of partnering, collaborating and identifying strategies, interventions, and resources to better engage people living with psychiatric disorders about their oral hygiene. Part II focuses on, how oral healthcare impacts socialization and Part III its impact on vocational pursuits.
I attended a university colloquium (presentation of a scholarly literature review to faculty, students and the public at large for discussion) presented by Associate Professor, Dr. Vaishali Singhal called, “Oral Implications of Psychiatric Disorders.” Vaishali Singhal, a doctor of dental medicine is currently working on a Ph.D. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. As a dentist she is keenly interested in developing better partnerships and collaboration between medical and mental health providers. Singhal’s literature review addressed growing concerns about the accessibility of dental care for people living with psychiatric disorders with a focus on persons diagnosed with schizophrenia. Lack of oral healthcare increases negative health risks for physical (i.e., stroke and heart attack) and psychological (i.e., low self-esteem, isolation, depression) distress impacting social and vocational goals. A contributing factor to this lack of oral healthcare is the absence of training for oral healthcare professionals to better engage patients with psychiatric disorders. As a person living with bipolar disorder I know I could have benefitted from focused preventive education on oral hygiene.
I do believe mental health professionals should be interested in collaborating with dental care providers. There is tremendous financial, emotional, and physical increased risk of premature disability and death among the people we serve. Through interdisciplinary collaboration we can help better integrate medical and psychiatric needs to empower individuals like myself to balance their attention in both physical and mental health coupled with all providers strengthening engagement skills. Here is a link: Building Infrastructure and Capacity in State and Territorial Oral Health Programs (April 2000) prepared by: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) http://www.astdd.org/docs/Infrastructure.pdf . This is a document to develop ideas from for organizational and systematic approaches.
I believe that it is important that as professionals we seize opportunities for cross training; attending seminars, and workshops outside of our focused area of expertise to collectively help strengthen quality services as an interdisciplinary team. For example, agencies can reach out to local dental schools for consultation, resources, i.e., oral hygiene checklist, psycho-education materials for varied literacy needs. Have oral healthcare listed as an agenda item for team meetings. Consider having both a dental hygienist and nutritionist as guest speakers. Identify i.e. service recipients for some formal oral healthcare training to serve as role models in residential settings. Here is a couple of links from the CDC Home page but not limited to adult and older adult oral hygiene: http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/adult.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/adult_older.htm Furthermore, a link for free and low cost dental care that may be similar in your location. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/free-and-low-cost-dental-care-available-to-underserved-through-delta-dental-of-new-jersey-foundation-grants-197520961.html
On April 10, 2013, the Cape May County Employment Consortium, a group of key employment and mental health services stakeholders, hosted its annual Employment Summit at the Elks Club in North Wildwood, NJ. One of our faculty members, George Brice, Jr., Instructor in the Integrated Employment Institute gave a heartfelt, motivational keynote address on the important role that employment has played in his recovery from serious mental illness. Many attendees, who also live with mental illness, were moved and touched by George’s story. Others have heard George speak in the past and shared with the group that George’s inspiring words motivated and enabled them to move forward in their lives and live beyond the label of mental illness. George continued throughout the event to speak with individuals personally and to provide encouragement to them in their own recovery journeys. One attendee was so inspired that she wrote an editorial piece for the Cape May County Herald newspaper about the event and George’s encouraging message. The link to the article is: http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/article/91593-employment%2Bsummit%2Boffers%2Bhope%2Bdisabled?utm_source=dpcs&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sendToFriend.
The day also included presentations from a Social Security Benefits planner as well as local education and employment programs. Participants provided positive feedback about the event and presenters. Overall, this year’s Employment Summit was a success and attended by close to 80 individuals, including people with the lived experience of mental illness, providers, and family members.