March 18, 2024

NAMI Ask the Expert: How Employment Supports Mental Health Recovery Thursday, April 18 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM EST


Thursday, April 18 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM EST

Employment provides many benefits to support recovery journeys, such as adding purpose and structure to one’s day. Please join us for a conversation about how long-term employment can support mental health recovery.

During this webinar, our guest experts will cover topics such as:

  • Research showing how employment improves quality and length of life
  • The Individual Placement Support (IPS) model of supported employment
  • The 8 Dimensions of Wellness
  • Stories of personal recovery from individuals who benefited from supported employment

We welcome your participation and invite you to submit questions for our guest experts through the webinar registration form.

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Our Experts

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Peggy Swarbrick, Ph.D., FOATA
Wellness Institute Director·Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ)

Swarbrick has worked for over 25 years at CSPNJ, where she developed the strengths-based eight-dimensional wellness model to promote recovery from mental health and substance use. She is known for collaborating with the peer community and family groups to identify and address social determinants that are barriers to recovery and wellness. Peggy is also a professor at The Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and Associate Director of the Center of Alcohol Abuse and Substance Use Studies.

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George H. Brice, Jr.
Program Development Specialist·Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ)

George H. Brice Jr., MSW, is a part-time program development specialist at CSPNJ. George has worked for many years in a variety of roles including coordinator of a peer recovery and wellness education program, wellness coach, wellness trainer, and supported education and employment specialist. George worked for 10 years as a faculty member at Rutgers University. George earned an associate degree in criminal justice/psychology at Burlington County College and both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work at Rutgers University-Camden.

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Robert Drake, MD, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry·Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Bob Drake is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Vice President at the Westat Corporation. He is an active clinician and has studied psychiatric rehabilitation for over 50 years. Along with Deborah Becker, he developed the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment, the IPS Employment Center, and the International IPS Learning Community. He has published more than 700 articles and books on psychiatric rehabilitation.


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