Journal article

'Employ Your Mind': a pilot evaluation of a programme to help people with serious mental illness obtain and retain employment

Anne Miles, Caroline Crosse, Zoe Jenkins, Gaye Moore, Ellie Fossey, Carol Harvey, David Castle

Australasian Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Cognitive impairments contribute to difficulty in obtaining employment for people with severe mental illnesses (SMIs). We describe a pilot evaluation of a programme, Employ Your Mind (EYM), which integrates cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) with vocational rehabilitation. METHOD: Sixty participants with SMIs enrolled in EYM, a 6-month programme that combines CRT exercises, individual project work and group reflection sessions about social interaction and cognitive functioning. Participants completed assessments of cognitive function (Audio Recorded Cognitive Screen, Wechsler Digit Span Task), psychosocial function (Work and Social Adjustment Scale, General Self-Efficacy Scale) a..

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