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Title Poster First Author Abstract or summary Type
Does individual placement and support compensate for neurocognitive deficit in first-episode psychosis? Kelly A Allott

Neurocognitive deficit, a hallmark of psychotic disorder, is associated with poorer vocational outcomes. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is effective at improving vocational outcomes for people with psychosis. It has been proposed that IPS may function to compensate for neurocognitive deficits. This study will test the hypothesis that IPS compensates for the neurocognitive difficulties experienced by people with first-episode psychosis (FEP).

Conference Presentations
Managing disclosure in recent-onset psychosis: utilizing the individual placement and support model Luana R Turner

Individual Placement and Support is the most studied evidence-based approach to supported employment for severe mental illness, including recent-onset psychosis. Furthermore, employment and education are viewed as integral aspects of treatment and recovery. Yet, there is little discourse or empirical work regarding the management of mental illness disclosure to employers or educators when utilizing the Individual Placement and Support model.

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Vocational recovery in first episode psychosis: first results from a large randomised controlled trial of IPS Eoin J Killackey

Vocational recovery has been consistently shown to be a number one priority of people with mental illness generally, and schizophrenia and first-episode psychosis (FEP) specifically. Two previous randomised controlled trials (RCT) demonstrated the benefit of an employment intervention called Individual Placement and Support (IPS) for young people with FEP. The current study was conducted in order to examine not only the vocational benefits of such an approach, but to study a wide range of predictors and consequences of vocational recovery in FEP.

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Individual placement and support after an initial episode of schizophrenia: impact on school or work recovery, hospitalization, and utilization of disability support Keith H Nuechterlein

This presentation focuses on the impact of supported education and supported employment on recovery of school and job participation early in the course of schizophrenia and on its secondary effects on rates of hospitalization and disability support. We examined the impact of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) in an 18-month randomized controlled trial with 69 patients with a recent first episode of schizophrenia. We combined IPS with a group skills training approach, Workplace Fundamentals Module (WFM), to enhance return to regular school or competitive employment.

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