Supported, Transitional, Independent
Supported Employment is where a member is supported by the clubhouse in choosing, obtaining, and keeping a job of his/her own. Unlike transitional employment, the job belongs to the member and is designed to be permanent and long term. The clubhouse may have a significant role in working with the employer, or none at all, depending on an individual member’s needs.
Transitional Employment is a highly structured program for members returning to work in local business and industry. Transitional Employment placements are at the employer’s place of business, are part-time (15-20 hours per week), and include a lot of on-the-job and off-site support from Clubhouse staff and other members. These placements generally last from six to nine months. Members can then try another placement or move on to independent employment. Transitional Employment is specifically designed as a vocational rehabilitation program where a member can gain or re-gain the skills and confidence necessary to have a job while he or she is employed in a “real world” position. The only requirement for the member to participate in Transitional Employment is the expressed desire to work.
Members can be assisted in achieving independent and competitive employment on a permanent basis. How to conduct a job search, filing out applications, role-playing an interview and referral to/linkage with employers who have openings are examples of how the club can help.