The Role of Mental Health Professionals in Responding to Employment Needs

  • Joseph Walsh
  • Margaret S. Walsh
Part of the Plenum Series in Rehablititation and Health book series (SSRH)


Mental health professionals are rarely experts in vocational rehabilitation, although they likely invest considerable effort in addressing the work and employment issues recipients bring to sessions. With their attention to broad psychological and social aspects of behavior, they can bring much to the process of helping recipients coping with serious mental health challenges secure worthwhile employment. Mental health professionals can support the work of the vocational counselor, integrate vocational experiences into the case management or treatment process, and assist recipients adjust to the realities of employment and help them address the consequences of going to work. Mental health professionals must be collaborative team members in all of these processes, understanding the nature and boundaries of their work and role as well as appreciating the contributions others make to the vocational development of recipients.


Mental Illness Mental Health Professional Severe Mental Illness Vocational Rehabilitation Interpersonal Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Walsh
    • 1
  • Margaret S. Walsh
    • 2
  1. 1.Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social WorkRichmond
  2. 2.Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse ServicesRichmond

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