Strategies for job seekers with psychiatric disability

Ms Liz Hudson, Research Manager at Break Thru People Solutions will be presenting at the Long Term Unemployment Conference.

Good practice disclosure strategies for jobseekers with psychiatric disability:
A pilot study into the application of a strengths-based disclosure plan highlights the benefits for job seeker”

Good practice disclosure strategies for jobseekers with psychiatric disability:  A pilot study into the application of a strengths-based disclosure plan highlights the benefits for job seekers and provides a model for consumer participation in research.

Break Thru People Solutions’ research team reports on the outcomes of a pilot project, Managing Personal Information: Good practice disclosure strategies for jobseekers with mental health and/or drug & alcohol problems, to aid recovery through employment.

As Jobseekers with mental illness face potential stigma and prejudice in the workplace, they can be reluctant to disclose their personal information when given the option by their specialist employment support service, thus precluding them from access to employment subsidies and workplace supports.

This presentation will outline the job seeker experience with an alternative strategy to managing personal information that puts the job seeker at the centre of the decision making process, using a strengths based approach (Waghorn & Spowart, 2010).

The presentation will also highlight the benefits of consumer participation in research as reported by Break Thru’s consumer researcher at a NSW Department of Health research forum (Nov, 2013).
“…I know now after talking to so many different clients and having them open up to me, how important this project was not only to them but myself as well” (Break Thru Consumer Researcher, November 2013)
Forum participant, Deputy Commissioner for the NSW Mental Health Commission reinforced the value of consumer involvement in research by responding;

“”I was moved to tears by the presentation ……It reinforced my strong belief that research = recovery””

About the presenter

Liz Hudson is the Research Manager at Break Thru People Solutions. Break Thru is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering people to create their own futures. Since 1992, Break Thru offers specialist employment, community and training services to a range of diverse people including people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, youth at risk, ex-offenders, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the long term unemployed.

Break Thru’s research unit explores national and international best practice within the employment and community services industry through partnered research with universities and other relevant organisations.

Liz has over 25 years experience working in management roles in the community/employment industry and left the sector briefly to work as a  Human Resources Manager in a law firm in Sydney for 5 years.  She has a teaching background, is currently studying a Master of Education at RMIT university and is Melbourne based.

Mental health and employment

Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The 2 day conference will feature keynote presentations and 4 streams on long term unemployment issues. Please click on the link for the Preliminary Program Released. For more information about the conference please visit the website www.longtermunemployment.org.au or call the conference secretariat on 61 7) 5502 2068. Reminder! Please note the Early Bird ends on the 7th July 2014. Register online www.longtermunemployment.org.au

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