You are doing the right thing! Education should be considered an essential vocational intervention required to meet a young adult’s individualized long-term career goals. However, employment programs must transform their approach to incorporate education into services so that the service can prevent issues like unemployment, underemployment, and reliance on government entitlements for young adults with mental health conditions.
Employment goals becomes career goals. You will work with young adults to develop a long-range career that is personally meaningful can sustain economic self-sufficiency. In order to achieve this, goals will likely involve higher education or training.
For IPS like services, rapid goal pursuit becomes the service principle rather than rapid job search. Practitioners work intentionally, purposefully, and quickly to move young adults through the stages of change, solidify their internal commitment and motivation to their goal, teach the critical skills to excel, and provide the necessary support, all while pursuing school and work.
HYPE practitioners intentionally cultivate school goals and send messages that school is possible and positive. A HYPE practitioner wants to cultivate the awareness of the benefits to higher education as a vocational step to achieve their long-term employment outcome.
Young adults shouldn’t be rushed into school and work, or into a career focus, however, we do want to plant and cultivate the seeds of hope for a meaningful vocational future.
Cognitive Remediation/Executive Functioning
Adaptive Services for Young Adults
Our team works collaboratively with leadership & direct staff to create and implement a plan that is specific to each organization.
Email us at: HYPE@umassmed.edu