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A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness$

Deborah R. Becker and Robert E. Drake

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195131215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195131215.001.0001

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(p.169) Appendix 2: Vocational Profile

(p.169) Appendix 2: Vocational Profile

A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness
Oxford University Press

Vocational Profile

This form is completed by the employment specialist within the first few weeks after the client is referred. Sources of information include: the client, the treatment team, the clinical record, and with the client’s permission, family members, friends of the client, and previous employers. Suggested probes for eliciting information when interviewing the client are provided in parentheses. The probes are meant to begin a discussion around the topic area. Update the form as new information becomes available over time.

Work Goal

  1. client’s work goal and life dream for work (What would you say is your dream job? What kind of work have you always wanted to do?)

  2. client’s short-term work goal (What job would you like to have now?)

Work Background

  1. education (What school did you attend last? What was the highest grade you completed?)

  2. (p.170)
  3. licenses and certifications (Have you completed any training program for which you received a certificate?)

  4. work history

    1. 1. most recent job (What job did you do most recently [job title]? What were the job duties? About when did you start and end the job? How many hours a week did you work?)

      reason for leaving job (Why did the job end?)

      positive experiences (What did you like best about the job?)

      problems on job (What did you not like about the job?)

    2. 2. next most recent job (What job did you do before the most recent job? What were the job duties? About when did you start and end the job? How many hours a week did you work?)

      reason for leaving job (Why did the job end?)

      positive experiences (What did you like best about the job?)

      problems on job (What did you not like about the job?)

  5. Use Back of Sheet for Additional Jobs

Current Adjustment

  1. diagnoses

  2. (p.171)
  3. prodromal symptoms (What are the first signs that you may be experiencing a symptom flare-up?) (At times when you are not feeling well or having a bad day, how would I be able to tell?)

  4. symptomatology and coping strategies (How can you tell that you are not feeling well and what do you do to feel better?)

  5. medication management and medication side effects (What medication do you take and when do you take it? Do you encounter any problems from the medication?)

  6. physical health (How would you rate your physical health?

  7. Poor _, Fair _, Good _, Excellent _; Do you have difficulties sitting, standing, walking, or lifting for periods of time? Do you wear eyeglasses or a hearing aid?)

  8. (Do you have any physical limitations that might influence your work needs? What are they? How are you taking care of your physical problems?)

  9. endurance (What are the most number of days you could work per week? What are the most hours you can work in a day?)

  10. grooming

  11. interpersonal skills (How well do you get along with people?)

  12. support network (Who do you spend time with? How often do you see or talk to them?)

Work Skills

  1. job-seeking skills (How have you looked for work in the past?)

  2. (p.172)
  3. specific vocational skills (What skills have you learned either on the job or in school?)

  4. aptitude (What have others told you that you are good at?)

  5. interests-vocational and nonvocational (What have you always been good at? What kinds of things do you like to do?)

  6. motivation (What will you get out of working?)

  7. work habits relating to attendance, dependability, stress tolerance (How was your attendance in previous jobs? What kinds of situations and tasks cause you to feel stress?)

Other Work-Related Factors

  1. transportation (How would you get to work? Do you have a driver’s license?)

  2. family and friend relationships and type of support (Do you have family and/or close friends that you have contact with? Do these people support you? If so, how do they support you?)

  3. current living situation-type and with whom (Where do you live and with whom do you live?)

  4. substance use (Have you ever used street drugs or alcohol? Have other people in your life been concerned about your substance use? Do you smoke cigarettes? About how many cigarettes do you smoke a day?)

  5. criminal record (Have you ever been arrested?)

  6. disclosure of mental illness (Are you willing to tell employers about your illness?)

  7. (p.173)
  8. expectations regarding personal, financial, and social benefits of working (What do you think work will do for you personally, financially, and socially?)

  9. money management skills (Do you handle your own money? Pay your own bills?)

  10. income and benefits—social security, medical insurance, housing assistance, VA benefits

  11. daily activities and routines (Describe what a typical day is for you from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed.)

  12. regular contacts (Who do you spend time with? What do you do with them?)

  13. family members’ work history (What jobs have different members of your family had?)

  14. preferences for work setting, work tasks, time of day, weekly hours, wages (What type of work setting would you like, for example, outside/inside, work close to other people, work mostly alone? What kinds of work tasks do you like to do?)

  15. two forms of identification (Do you have a birth certificate, a driver’s license, a state ID card, or a Social Security card?)

Networking Contacts for Job Search

  1. family

  2. friends

  3. neighbors

  4. (p.174)
  5. previous employers

  6. previous teachers

  7. community contacts

Completed by: ______ Date:____

Updates: (Include new information, signature, and date in the space provided below)