Support in returning to school or employment after any kind of mental health challenge can be a key piece in helping people regain control of their life and avoiding a lifetime of disability, inactivity, and stigma.
And such support can be very effective: over 2 dozen studies show that most people even with diagnoses like “schizophrenia” who want to work can succeed in competitive employment.
But people challenged by the confusing and/or extreme experiences commonly called “psychosis” often don’t get such assistance, sometimes because helpers may not understand the difficulties being encountered or know what kind of support might be useful.
To help remedy that, I’ve put together a couple of presentations that explore perspectives and strategies borrowed from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for psychosis and from the Hearing Voices Movement, approaches that support workers, friends, and family members can use to help people achieve their educational and employment goals. I hope you check them out, and let me know what you think!
I also put together a short list of resources related to what I talked about, that is available here.