Course Description

In this 1-hour webinar Dr. Shirley Glynn will provide an overview of the literature on supported employment and education for those diagnosed with serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar illness, or severe depression. While surveys indicate many adults engaged in treatment for a serious psychiatric illness would like to work, actual employment rates in this population are less than one-third of the general population. Individuals diagnosed with a serious psychiatric illness who wish to work often confront many barriers, including stigma and discrimination, occupational deficits due to poor educational or work histories, worry about losing disability benefits, and concerns from their treaters and loved ones that work may be too stressful for them.  Dr. Glynn will highlight the benefits of involvement in work and school for individuals diagnosed with a serious psychiatric illness, and present data on evidenced-based interventions to facilitate achieving this goal. She will present a model in which professional support for and client engagement in productive work and school activities are considered mental health treatments themselves.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the potential benefits and risks for psychiatric patients pursuing competitive employment. 
  • Detail the disparity between typical employment rates and desired employment rates among individuals diagnosed with a serious psychiatric illness. 
  • Outline the key components of evidence-based supported employment programs embedded in mental health settings.


Dr. Shirley M. Glynn is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. in clinical/social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After completing her APA approved internship in clinical psychology at Camarillo State Hospital, she joined the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the VA Greater Los Angles Healthcare System to begin a program of research on psychosocial interventions for serious psychiatric illness and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her recognition of the importance of the environment in promoting recovery from serious psychiatric illnesses prompted her to investigate the use of supporters in the community to bolster the benefits of social skills and illness management training in the clinics. From this work, she expanded her interest in community functioning to include investigations of supported employment for persons, with one of the study evaluating use of motivational interviewing to promote interest in pursuing employment. Dr. Glynn has served as a master trainer on many projects evaluating the benefits of supported employment for diverse populations, she oversaw the family component of the NIMH funded Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) early treatment project, and now serves as a national master trainer for the supported education and education components of the initiative. She has over 125 scientific publications.

Continuing Education:

Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. EBPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. EBPI has allocated 1 hour of continuing education within APA guidelines for this course.  After attending the webinar and completing a course evaluation form, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.

EBPI has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6898. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EBPI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. EBPI has allocated 1 CE Hour for this course. After the webinar, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.

Note: Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify if this course meets licensing and/or continuing education requirements. You may also contact our CE department at or by calling 206-455-7934 ext. 81.