Vocational Rehabilitation is Central to Recovery
Project Transition was founded on the premise that, despite the presence of psychiatric disorders, individuals with serious mental illness can reclaim their lives. For many, an important step toward creating a life worth living is securing and maintaining satisfying employment, which can provide a sense of belonging, purpose and productivity.
To that end, Project Transition provides an array of evidence-based psychiatric vocational rehabilitation services that assist our members to identify, pursue, and reach their employment goals.
Weekly workshops, individualized counseling and ongoing training are utilized to support our members’ vocational aspirations. Project Transition’s approach is based on William Anthony’s Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation model of “Choose, Get, Keep.” This approach emphasizes the importance of helping persons with serious mental illness to self-identify a vocation of their own choosing, and then concretely assists them to develop the skills needed to obtain and maintain a job in that field.
Our Vocational Counselors are specialists who have been intensively trained through Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. These dedicated practitioners partner with our members to provide support at all levels of employment readiness. They jointly assess individual skills and preparedness for employment, identifying support mechanisms customized to a person’s psychiatric and vocational goals. Support may include open-ended career exploration, assistance with job searches, or help to maintain successful employment once it has been obtained. This highly affirming and comprehensive approach is another way for us to reassert our belief that people can and do recover.