Vocational Rehabilitation and Interventions for Young Adults with Comorbid Psychiatric Disabilities and Substance-Use Disorders
About this Session
This training explores vocational rehabilitation interventions designed for young adults dealing with co-occurring mental health conditions and substance use disorders. It addresses the challenges and concerns these individuals face in the workplace, investigates various employment outcomes, and sheds light on the role of vocational rehabilitation programs, specifically the State-Federal VR Program. A scoping review is outlined, detailing intervention components and emphasizing the impact of personal factors and VR services on competitive employment, weekly earnings, and work hours. Key findings underscore the significance of peer support, collaborative service systems, specific job-related services, and enhanced support for youth with significant disabilities, prompting a call for increased professional training and collaboration, along with prioritizing postsecondary education services. The training concludes by discussing implications for both practice and research, recognizing limitations and prompting further questions.
- Identify the challenges encountered by young adults with co-occurring mental health conditions and substance use disorders in the workplace.
- Analyze key findings from a scoping review on vocational rehabilitation interventions, emphasizing the influence of personal factors and VR services on employment outcomes.
- Apply practical implications, such as integrating peer support, collaborative service systems, and targeted job-related services, to enhance vocational outcomes for young adults with co-occurring conditions.
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Meet Your Presenters
- Yemi Akinola, PhD, CRC, LPC
University of Illinois - Chicago
- Lisa Dunkley, PhD, CRC
East Tennessee State University