Doing What Works: Training for Employment Specialists

Dates: 20 & 21 February 2024

Times each day: 09:15 – 16:30 with regular breaks and an hour for lunch

Delivered: Live online via Zoom

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

About this course

This course is perfect for new IPS workers and will give you the knowledge and tools to support people with severe mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction into paid work using the IPS model.

Within the span of two days, you’ll learn the intricacies of the IPS model, from the initiation of a referral to vocational profiling, engaging employers, job placement and providing ongoing support, among other key steps. We explore the relevance of each of the 25 fidelity items and what best practice looks like.

The course thrives on active participation, delivered in small groups of up to 16 delegates. Everyone gets involved. We use a mixture of presentation, group work, discussion, breakout rooms, polls and homework to create an engaging, authentic learning experience.

The training will cover:

  • The 8 principles of IPS
  • Integration with treatment teams
  • The evidence for IPS
  • The fidelity scale
  • Overcoming barriers to employment
  • Marketing and generating referrals
  • Motivational tools
  • Benefits advice
  • Vocational profiling and action planning
  • Disclosure
  • Collaborating with other employment agencies
  • Employer engagement
  • Interview and job start preparation
  • Ongoing support for employer and service user
  • Case studies
  • Ongoing personal development as an employment specialist


“A very clear journey through the IPS process, a good balance of interactive content. It was helpful to have the training regularly relate back to fidelity scale.”

“The whole employer engagement section was extremely helpful and has given me more confidence.“

“Very worth while training, especially if you are new to the role, it gives a great overview of the job as an employment specialist as a whole.”


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

Payment methods

We accept payment by invoice only and we will collect the necessary information in the booking form.

Cancellation policy

Any 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. Please note that 3 or more week’s notice is required to transfer a course booking to a different date. 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.

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