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A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness$
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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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Supported Education

Supported Education

(p.155) 14 Supported Education
A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness

Deborah R. Becker

Robert E. Drake

Oxford University Press

Like others, people with severe mental illness are interested in developing work careers by increasing their knowledge and skills through education. This chapter provides an illustration of a young man who receives supported education services from an employment specialist and returns to school. In IPS supported employment, all clients are encouraged to think about whether further schooling would be an asset in developing their work lives. The components of supported education are parallel to those of supported employment and are carried out by employment specialists. Clients are assisted in obtaining financial aid information, completing financial aid applications and admissions applications, selecting courses and a study major, and developing good study habits and test taking skills. Employment specialists discuss with the client whether s/he is interested in receiving accommodations and/or services from the school’s disability services office. The whole treatment team provides supports to assist people with their educational goals.

Keywords:   financial aid, disability services office, disclosure, accommodations

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