Resources to Improve your Work Motivation at:
Stage 1- Career Detachment

Although people at this level may not be interested in making a work or school change in the near future, they may be able to build their work motivation capacity over time. The following are examples of helpful strategies and resources that service providers can use to help individuals set the stage for work motivation: 

Comprehensive Case Management  

Community agencies that provide case management and wrap around services can help in the individual meet their basic, day-to-day needs, such as in the areas of housing, food, transportation, and healthcare. Specialized teams include “peer specialists,” individuals who also live with mental health conditions and can relate on a more personal level to service participants.  

Recovery-Oriented Outpatient Therapy  

Referrals to qualified providers who believe that people with serious mental health conditions can sustain decent work lives can be beneficial. Behavioral health professionals can use well-established approaches such as motivational interviewing [link] and solution focused therapy [link] to help the individual rebuild their vision for a future of meaning and purpose.  

Meaningful Pre-Vocational Activity  

Providers and family members can help individuals increase their participation in meaningful pre-vocational activities like volunteering in the community. Individuals at this level may require more proactive, structured assistance with choosing, getting, and keeping a volunteer role. Increased exposure to and participation in community work settings can help the individual change their beliefs over time.