The Institute’s Penny Liles & Melissa DeHaven presented on IPS Fidelity at the recent NC APSE Conference in Blowing Rock. Trends in the state’s 5 years of data were compared to the IPS Learning Collaborative’s larger data set.
In the afternoon, Melissa & Penny continued by speaking on Assertive Engagement strategies.
The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) 101 training formerly called SE Foundations is required by all IPS team members (Team Lead, Employment Specialist, and Employment Peer Mentor) and Assertive Community Treatment team members (Vocational Specialists and Team Leaders).
The two-day training will be an introduction to the evidence-based practice, incorporating the philosophy, practice principles, and the elements of the practice.
The Institute’s Melissa DeHaven and Penny Liles presented “Strengths Training: No Workout Required!” A training that helped participants identify strengths and use strengths language when helping people find and maintain jobs.
Yesterday, they presented “Matchmaker: Make me a Match.” This training showed participants how to be mindful of the ways in which symptoms might impact the job search and how to plan job supports around them.
Overall, the goal of these IPS trainers was promoting employment for individuals with mental health and substance use diagnoses.
Lyn Legere recently led our Employment Peer Mentor (EPM) training, which is designed for those people working as EPMs on IPS teams across North Carolina.
The 3-day mandatory training supports EPMs to understand their specific role on IPS teams, learn how to maintain their “peerness” and recognize how the NC service definition for EPMs differs from, but complements, the Employment Specialist.
Our recent two-day Intro to START Training with Dr. Sarah Desmarais from NC State. Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START) is a framework and tool providers (broadly defined) can use to systematically examine strengths and protective factors, as well as current problems that create risks…
Spanning a full array of “risks,” undercutting and interfering with recovery. The intent is to strategically help increase protective factors and decrease problems through thoughtful supports and interventions.
“You never forget that feeling when you are somebody,” shared an audience member, who also shared some background, while discussing supportive housing and watching Coco’s story.
Amidst a discussion of supportive housing, we showed this video:
Sixty team members, spanning positions (COD, employment and peer specialists, QPs, nurses, psychiatrists, therapists, and team leaders) and the state (Asheville to Wilmington), attended our recent High-Fidelity ACT 101 training in Raleigh, NC.
The Institute is so grateful to Sandhill’s MCO for encouraging their providers to develop deeper skills in Co-Occurring (Mental Health & Substance Use) treatment practices. Stacy Smith, LPC and MINT said, “The robust discussions around newer ways of seeing recovery is so pleasing. We met providers willing and able to help using the latest in evidence-based practices like harm reduction and medication assisted therapy!”
By way of invitation by Alliance Health, Mark Salzer, Ph.D. and Bryan McCormick, Ph.D. from the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion, joined by our very own Lorna Moser, Ph.D., led a workshop with assertive community treatment (ACT) and transition management services (TMS) teams. Agency leadership and staff convened to discuss the importance of and ways to best support people in meaningful community participation.
Life In The Community Like Everyone Else
“People experience disability versus having a disability.” Rather than exclusively focusing on the person as the one with the problem (i.e., “having a disability”), we should be focusing equal or more effort at how the environment fuels disability. For individuals with mental illness, stigma, discrimination, and exclusion are the environmental factors creating an experience of disability.
Community inclusion and participation goes well beyond employment and housing, it also includes friendships, intimate relationships, connecting with groups in a meaningful way, as well as participating in civil life and the larger community. Research shows that meaningful participation can be as important to overall health as medications and therapies, yet it rarely gets the attention and investment it deserves. Community inclusion and participation is a medical necessity for good health for all of us.