Doing what works: Training for Employment Specialists (sold out)


Dates: 9, 10, 11, 12 May 2023 (this course is now full)

Times each day: 13:30 – 16:30 with regular breaks

Delivered: Live online via Zoom

Price: £370 + VAT per person (£444 total)


About this course


Individual Placement and Support (IPS) has been internationally recognised for over two decades as the most effective method of supporting people with severe mental illness into sustainable, competitive employment. Following successful UK trials, IPS is now the preferred model for supporting clients in drug & alcohol 
services to gain and sustain employment.

Aimed at new employment specialists, this comprehensive course will help you to set up an effective IPS service and support people with sever mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction into paid work using the IPS model. 

This fun and interactive course uses a mixture of presentation, group work, breakout rooms, polls, and homework.

The training will cover:

  • The 8 principles of IPS
  • Marketing the IPS service
  • The research evidence for the effectiveness of IPS
  • Working with the treatment teams to obtain referrals
  • Integrating the treatment and employment teams
  • Providing benefits advice
  • Vocational profiling and ongoing assessment
  • Vocational action planning with the service user
  • Collaborating with other employment agencies
  • Developing relationships with potential employers
  • Job carving
  • Overcoming barriers to employment
  • Disclosure
  • Providing on-going support for the employer and the service user
  • Case studies
  • Overcoming local challenges and issues
  • Ongoing personal development as an employment specialist

 CPD Certified

This course is accredited and certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles. Certificate number A014503.

“This is one of the best training courses I have attended on Zoom. I would highly recommend this course. [The trainers] are excellent facilitators and explained everything really well. They also ensured that everyone was involved and engaged”.

“Three cups of tea – the whole employer engagement section was extremely helpful and has given me more confidence.”

“Flawless training! Really fun & Easy to learn!”

“The course was really interactive and both course trainers were great between the two of them. They kept the course very engaging and were very helpful and knowledgeable and had the patience to answer all of our questions in detail whenever we had one in mind. They turned a very comprehensive IPS framework into an easy learnable format and has really boosted our confidence”


Payment methods


We accept payment by invoice only.

Cancellation policy


Any confirmed booking which is subsequently cancelled by the delegate or their organisation within less than 2 weeks’ notice is subject to full payment. Cancellation with less than 3 weeks’ notice is subject to 50% payment. In the unlikely event that Centre for Mental Health needs to cancel a course, delegates will be offered a guaranteed place on the next available course or a full refund. Completion of the booking form indicates your acceptance of these terms.

How to book


Please click the “Book” button below. 

For more Information please contact:


Zak Palmer

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