After building close working relationships with my clients from the very beginning of the coaching journey to foster trust, I then gently push each person to consider all possible opportunities that are a good match for their abilities and interests, taking into account the realities of the limits created by a psychiatric disability. Unlike some supported employment programs, we do not engage in rapid job search; I help each client choose the kind of work they want and encourage them to do so at their own pace. Family input and communication is very important throughout the process, especially as I work with the youngest adults who often need more direct assistance than my older clients.
I also engage in traditional vocational rehabilitation activities such as online and community job searches, resume and cover-letter writing and mock interviews. I may accompany a client on a visit to a potential employment site to scope out the workplace and talk with employees and hiring managers to facilitate job placement I will provide follow-along support for as long as they desire psychiatric rehabilitation support related to any aspect of their recovery.
As part of the career exploration process and to prepare for a successful job hunt a client may need guidance on how to find, apply for and secure any finance assistance needed for job training or formal education. Alegria helps with this.
Though many of my clients often already have a great deal of post-secondary education, they often need to learn and/or update their knowledge and skills. And if education and life-long learning happens to be their number one recovery goal, I enthusiastically encourage them to GO FOR IT!
What do I charge for my services? It depends on the family and client's desires, needs and ability to pay. After the free initial consultation, I will be happy to create a customized program for you.