Perceptions and Practices of Mental Health Professionals Regarding Employment of Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2:00 EST


Individuals who participate in this session will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment, which is an evidence-based practice that leads to competitive integrated employment outcomes for people with serious mental illness.
  2. Learn about a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded project in Alabama
  3. Understand the limitation of the availability of IPS.
  4. Hear about the findings of a study that looked at the perceptions and practices of mental health professionals regarding the employment of individuals with serious mental illness.
  5. Appreciate the benefits of an integrated treatment team and the value of work in recovery.

Speaker Bio

Christine Fleming, PhD, CRC
Executive Director & Assistant Clinical Professor
Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling
Center for Disability Research and Policy Studies
Auburn University, College of Education

Christine Fleming earned her PhD in Rehabilitation from Auburn University and MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University. She worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor for over 15 years in the private sector and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). She has maintained her Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRC) since 1990. At GVRA, Dr. Fleming also worked as an Employment Specialist, Human Resource Development Specialist, and the Manager of the Performance Improvement & Technical Assistance unit. One of her priority initiatives was interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with the most significant disabilities. In the fall of 2013, Dr. Fleming moved to Auburn, Alabama to be the Executive Director of the Center for Disability Research & Policy Studies at Auburn University. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Special Education, Rehabilitation & Counseling department, she currently teaches a course regarding transition and emerging adulthood. Dr. Fleming has 18 years’ experience as a rehabilitation counselor educator (in-service and higher education) with her research focus areas in Vocational Rehabilitation consumer satisfaction, safety and security of women with disabilities incarcerated, accessible housing, accessible agriculture, employment for people with the most significant disabilities, and system change within disability service organizations.

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