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Let 'em Work, Let 'em Live.

Addiction Professional 2007;5(3):22-28.

Sudie E. Back, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina), A'Delle H. Chellis, MEd (Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission), Dace S. Svikis, PhD (Virginia Commonwealth University, MA Node), Kathleen T. Brady, MD, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina, SC Node).

Employment poses one of the major challenges for addiction clients. Clients oftentimes have criminal histories or have experienced lapses between jobs and have difficulty knowing how best to fill out a job application or speak with a potential employer during an interview. Assisting addiction clients with vocational needs is critical, as research indicates that employed clients typically have better drug treatment outcomes than unemployed clients do.

The Job Seekers' Workshop was developed by Sharon Hall and colleagues to address these exact kinds of problems. Its main goal is to improve clients' job seeking and interviewing skills, using three four-hour group workshops delivered weekly, with an ideal number of approximately five participants. The JSW is grounded in behavioral theory, focusing on helping individuals learn behaviors involved in the process of securing employment -- especially performing well in a job interview. The Job Seekers' Workshop demonstrated efficacy across several studies and was included as an intervention in the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Clinical Trials Network. This article describes the objectives, activities, and challenges that can arise when implementing the JSW intervention. (Magazine Article, PDF, English, 2007)

Keywords: Behavior therapy | Job Seekers Workshop | Vocational rehabilitation | Addiction Professional (magazine)

Document No: 189

Submitted by the CTN Dissemination Librarians, 5/12/2007.

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