The Center developed WORC, an evidence-informed career readiness program to promote employment and economic well-being for marginalized individuals. We have provided training and technical assistance to help staff implement WORC at numerous agencies nationally that serve individuals with mental health conditions. We are also evaluating the impact on staff capacity and individual vocational, education and well-being outcomes.
The Center has adapted WORC specifically for young adults with serious persistent mental health conditions, in foster care or alumni of care and with juvenile justice involvement.
YA WORC for Young Adults with Serious Persistent Mental Health Conditions:
The Center joins a team of providers and other researchers in Rhode Island as part of an ACF/HSS funded project to develop services that build relational competencies, self-efficacy and empowerment among youth transitioning out of foster care to the adult world of work and evaluate the impact of the services on educational and vocational outcomes.
The Workplace Center joins a collaborative of five foster care agencies in LA County to assess the effectiveness of a curriculum developed to prepare young adults transitioning from foster care for the world of work and test out how the modality of delivery affects the curriculum’s impact.
This project evaluated a sector based employment initiative that connects out of school/out of work young adults in the South Bronx to jobs in the health care sector. Key to the evaluation was to understand specific types of supports that were most needed and useful in assisting young adults to stay connected to education and work.
The Center adapted its WORC program specifically for young adults with mental health conditions, trained agency staff at mental health care providers in New York City to offer career development and employment support to young adults through WORC, and evaluated its impact.
Several Center projects have been implemented that set in place and evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based strategies that promote the employment of peer providers on treatment teams in mental health agencies. Peers are people with mental health conditions who are without professional credentials but have experience with the mental health system.
The Center is helping to evaluate how to integrate peers on staff in a NIMH funded study that is testing the effectiveness of a peer-led healthy lifestyle intervention in supportive housing agencies serving diverse clients with serious mental illnesses who are overweight or obese.
The purpose of this project was to expand the capacity of the social work profession to include economic well-being as an essential part of a holistic response to issues caused by poverty. In partnership with the Council on Social Work Education, the Center drafted a resource guide to help educational programs integrate this approach into generalist practice.
This study explored the impact and feasibility of formal workplace support to help manage the conflicting demands that arise when working parents simultaneously try to maintain employment and care for their children with asthma. Unattended, these conflicts can undermine parents’ well-being and the effectiveness of the care they provide to their children.
Through program development and evaluation, the Center assisted efforts to create greater diversity among business and civic professionals and expand the influence of these professionals through inclusion into the highest levels of management and civic leadership opportunities.