Author Archives: Vocational Voice

What You Need to Know: ABLE Act Information and Resources

Just before the holidays, President Obama signed into law the Achieving Better Life Expectancy (ABLE) Act. This new Act allows for people with disabilities and their families to set up tax exempt savings accounts which can be used for educational endeavors, health costs, employment related expenses, and other items leading to improved quality of life. One of the things that is so wonderful about these accounts is that they are not bound by the $2,000 resource limit normally placed on beneficiaries of Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Below are some resources to help you learn more about the ABLE Act. If you have additional information you would like to share please add it in the comments.

ABLE Act Resources

National Law Review:

National Disability Institute:

Work and Recovery Video Project

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 dolcejn@umdnj.edu.

NEW ON-LINE CERTIFICATE OFFERED!

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: richd1@umdnj.edu/908-889-2430.

Video

No Stigma

Wanted to share this wonderfully inspirational video created and provided by NAMI Mercer’s Shalanda Shaw. Enjoy!

New Training! Cognitive Remediation & Executive Functioning

Join us in Piscataway on Wednesday April 3, 2013 for a FREE training on Cognitive Remediation. This training is an overview of a burgeoning approach to improving employment and educational outcomes among people with psychiatric conditions.   Michelle Mullen-Gonzalez will review the current research and outcomes associated with cognitive remediation in mental health. Multiple cognitive remediation strategies will be reviewed and participants will have an opportunity to practice and experience selected cognitive training approaches.
 
For additional information contact Brittany Stone: stonebl@umdnj.edu. To register, please visit our website or email Debbie Rich: richd1@umdnj.edu
 

FREE!!! NewTraining: Narrative Approach to Career Development

Don’t miss our new training: Narrative Approach to Career Development! It’s part of the Career Development Training Series in the advanced track. The training will be held on 1/23/13 from 9:45am-4pm at UMDNJ’s Stratford campus. For more information or to sign up for this new training please go to our website.

 From the Trainer:

People in recovery pursuing their career goals confront many challenges, however, confronting challenges while pursuing career goals is not unique to people with psychiatric illness. How did you get to where you are today? Chances are it was a process, or as more recent career development theorists Drs. Cochran and Savickas contend, it is the story of your career!

This interactive training will teach providers how to help individuals they work with reframe their thinking about themselves in regard to their careers. Attendees will develop their own career narrative during this training, and be provided with tools to help people in recovery develop a career narrative that will be empowering and assist with choosing a career path.