Gastown Vocational Services is currently accepting referrals for our eight-week Work Readiness/Career Exploration Group that begins April 18th, 2017.
This group helps people living with a mental health disability to build momentum for return to work or school, and will focus on the skills needed to navigate the many challenges of gaining and maintaining employment. Topics include:
“Soft skills” for work:
- Goal setting and problem solving
- Communication and conflict resolution
- Self-esteem and assertiveness
- Managing stress, frustration and emotions
- Wellness management and planning
- Building motivation for change
Career Exploration and Job Search:
- Transferable skills and strengths
- Career and labour market research
- Resume and cover letter writing
- Interview skills
- Finding job leads and networking
- Disability disclosure and accommodations
The group runs 3 hours per day, 3 days a week for 8 weeks and is facilitated by a registered clinical counsellor according to trauma-informed practice guidelines.
The attached flyer can be shared and posted publicly for your clients’ information. Potential participants can call 604-675-2535 for more information and to book a spot in our next info session to be held April 6th, 2017.
Eligibility Criteria: Open to unemployed or under-employed adults age 19-65 with mental health diagnosis and living within agency catchment area (please contact GVS to confirm eligibility).
GVS Agency Info: Our group is often the first step in a larger program of services that focus on helping youth and adults with a mental health disability achieve their vocational goals. This includes mental health and vocational assessment with an occupational therapist or psychologist, ongoing 1:1 support from an occupational therapist and employment counsellor/job developer, facilitated work experiences/job trials, computer skills training, supported education (enrollment and funding exploration), and short-term trauma counselling.
Chris Steller, MOT
Gastown Vocational Services