Resources to Improve your Work Motivation at:
Stage 2-Career Consideration

The following are examples of helpful strategies and resources that service providers can use to help individuals strengthen their work motivation: 

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. Qualified providers can use tools such as motivational interviewing [link] and solution-focused approaches [link] to help the individual strengthen their vision of a meaningful work future.  

Peer Role Models 

Individuals can improve their expectations for their future through increased exposure to peers who sustain decent work lives. Programming such as clubhouses can be a resource for this [link]. Young adults should be referred to young adult-focused programs when possible. 

Decent Work Preparatory Activity  

Employment service providers can help individuals increase their participation in meaningful pre-vocational activities such as part-time employment and time-limited vocational training. These activities should not necessarily be viewed as endpoints but as progressive steps toward a decent work future.  Whenever possible, these opportunities should be in integrated community settings such as a local community colleges or local businesses. Individuals at this level may require more proactive, structured assistance with choosing, getting, and keeping these opportunities. Increased exposure to and participation in work and education settings can help the individual change their beliefs over time.