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Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health

  • Izabela Z. Schultz
  • E. Sally Rogers
  • The only evidenced-based handbook focusing on job accommodations for workers with mental health conditions.

  • Edited and authored by well-known experts working at the interface of mental health and vocational rehabilitation.

  • Avoids the pitfall of most books on mental health in the workplace which focus on issues of stress on the job and while interest in job accommodations for workers with mental health conditions is minimal or absent.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Conceptual Issues in Job Accommodation in Mental Health

  3. Mental Health Disabilities and Work Functioning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. E. Sally Rogers, Kim L. MacDonald-Wilson
      Pages 73-89
    3. Debra Lerner, David Adler, Richard C. Hermann, William H. Rogers, Hong Chang, Pamella Thomas et al.
      Pages 103-120
    4. Jaye Wald
      Pages 121-140
    5. Thomas J. Guilmette, Anthony J. Giuliano
      Pages 141-161
    6. Susan L. Ettner
      Pages 163-188
  4. Employment Interventions for Persons with Mental Health Disabilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Kim L. MacDonald-Wilson, Zlatka Russinova, E. Sally Rogers, Chia Huei Lin, Terri Ferguson, Shengli Dong et al.
      Pages 191-217
    3. Karen A. Gallie, Izabela Z. Schultz, Alanna Winter
      Pages 295-309
    4. Jane K. Burke-Miller, Judith A. Cook, Lisa A. Razzano
      Pages 311-321

About this book


Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health Izabela Z. Schultz and E. Sally Rogers, Editors Mental illness has long been recognized as a cause of unemployment and decreased job productivity. More recently, a myriad of social, legal, and demographic factors have brought more people with mental health impairments into the workplace, resulting in considerable practical questions for employers, rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals, particularly on accommodation and retention issues. Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health occupies a unique place in the mental health and vocational rehabilitation literature by assembling a scattered and fragmented knowledge base into an evidences-informed sourcebook and how-to guide. With its in-depth background on conceptual and legal issues, extensive discussion of the effects of psychological conditions on work outcomes, and equal emphasis on clinical and occupational interventions, this book is accessible to readers across a wide range of disciplines seeking effective job retention and accommodations strategies in mental health. Included in the this coverage: • A conceptual framework for job accommodations in mental health. • The relationship between psychological disorders and work performances. • Employment interventions for mental health disorders. • Barriers and facilitators to job accommodations. • Evidence-based best practices. • Future discretions for improving work outcomes for those with mental illnesses. Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health will solve a multidisciplinary readership in occupational medicines, psychiatry, clinical rehabilitation, industrial/organizational, and neuropsychology; vocational rehabilitation counseling; occupational therapy; disability management; and human resources management.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Izabela Z. Schultz
    • 1
  • E. Sally Rogers
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Educational and Counsellin, Special NeedsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitati, Center for Psychiatric RehabilitationBoston UniversityBostonUSA

About the editors

Dr. Izabela Schultz is a clinical and rehabilitation psychologist specializing in medico-legal and vocational aspects of psychological, neuropsychological and pain-related disability, both in her academic research and in her forensic practice. She is doubly Board-certified and holds the Diplomate distinctions of the American Board of Professional Psychology, in Clinical Psychology and of the American Board of Vocational Experts.

Dr. Schultz is Professor in the Counselling Psychology Program at the University of British Columbia where she also serves as Director of the newly formed graduate program in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling. She has presented, taught and published extensively in the United States, Canada, and internationally in the area of psychosocial, vocational and psycho-legal aspects of disability. Her particular research expertise is in determination of causation of psychological disability, in multivariate prediction of occupational disability, early intervention with high risk workers and employment retention of employees with complex disabilities including mental health, brain injury and pain. She has provided expert court testimony on psychological and neuropsychological matters.

Dr. Schultz’s two previous books, Psychological Injuries at Trial (2003) and Handbook of Complex Occupational Disability Claims (2005), have contributed to an evolution of the paradigm in the occupational disability field—from medical to biopsychosocial model.

Dr. Schultz is currently co-chair of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Guidelines for Assessment and Treatment of Persons with Disabilities, and is on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals.

E. Sally Rogers is Director of Research at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University where she had been conducting mental health and vocational research since 1981. The Center was founded under the direction of Dr. William Anthony and has focused on the rehabilitation and recovery of persons with psychiatric disability since that time. Dr. Rogers currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator of a Research and Training Center grant which is funded to carry out research studies on functioning and recovery of individuals with mental illness. She is also a Co-Principal Investigator on a grant to culturally adapt a measure on recovery for Spanish speaking mental health clients. Dr. Rogers was Principal Investigator of a post-doctoral fellowship award from NIDRR for 10 years, Principal Investigator of a multi-site grant to study consumer-operated services funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, and Principal Investigator of several smaller grants.

Dr. Rogers is a reviewer for numerous scholarly publications in the field, has developed instruments currently being used by research studies and service organizations, and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Massachusetts.

Dr. Rogers is also Research Associate Professor at Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences where she has taught Masters and doctoral-level research courses and seminars. She is the recipient of the Loeb Research Award from the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services, the 2007 ARCA award for research. Dr. Rogers has written approximately 50 peer-reviewed papers on various topics related to the vocational rehabilitation, vocational assessment, and recovery of persons with severe psychiatric disability.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“This book addresses how mental health issues affect employee productivity, unemployment, and underemployment, emphasizing the importance of vocational rehabilitation and job accommodation. … The primary target audience includes occupational and rehabilitation physicians, vocational rehabilitation providers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and social workers who assist individuals with mental health disabilities to get and keep work. … This book addresses an employment problem, offering practical suggestions to increase job productivity.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody’s Review Service, April, 2011)