Peer Delivery of Evidence-Based Supported Employment: Expanding the Vocational Workforce
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Expires on Apr 24, 2026
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 Psych CE Credit
1 SW CE Credit
1 COP Credit

This webinar will describe how vocational staff at a peer-run agency were trained to deliver supported employment services with high fidelity to the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model. IPS services were supplemented with work-specific health promotion support delivered by peer employment specialists using a new manual called Physical Wellness for Work. With training and supervision, peer providers of IPS achieved good fidelity to the model. Recipients of IPS plus health promotion services achieved significantly higher rates of competitive employment and longer job tenure compared to those receiving peer-delivered generic supported employment. Combining IPS and employment-focused physical wellness support and mentoring services may address the specific needs of people with serious mental illness seeking to establish careers, making the peer specialist workforce a potentially valuable source of labor for delivery of IPS services. 


Enduring webinar 

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate supported employment services delivered with fidelity to the Individual Placement and Support model from generic employment service 
  • Apply principles of work-specific health promotion to the delivery of supported employment services. 
  • Plan ways to integrate peer support into the delivery of evidence-based supported employment services. 

Target Audience

Counselor, Psychologist, Social Worker, Peer Specialist/Peer Support 

Instructional Level

Intermediate, Advanced  

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour 
Program Start Date: April 24, 2023
Program End Date: April 24, 2026

Ongoing Interdisciplinary Discussion Board

After completing the course, engage with colleagues in the mental health field through SMI Adviser's Webinar Roundtable Topics discussion board. This is an easy way to network and share ideas with other clinicians who participate in this webinar. Access through the discussion tab.

How to Earn Credit 

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, CE credit for psychologists, CE credit for social workers, or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. Participants claiming CE credit for psychologists and those claiming CE credit for social workers, must have full attendance to claim credit. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (psychologists), CE certificate (social workers) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 psychology continuing education credits. Psychologists should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers

The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 social work continuing education credits. Social workers should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing education requirements vary from state to state. Many state boards grant reciprocity with national accrediting organizations and other state boards. It is the responsibility of each professional to understand the requirements for license renewal or check with the state or national licensing board and/or professional organization to become more familiar with their policies for acceptable continuing education credit. Social workers and Psychologists should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

Planning Committee and Faculty Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Faculty Disclosures

  • Judith A. Cook, PhD is an internationally recognized authority on mental health services research, specifically the study of clinical and rehabilitation outcomes of children and adults receiving community-based care. She directs a federally funded research center along with numerous grants and contracts focused on intervention science, psychiatric epidemiology, and outcomes research. She designs and implements innovative programs to enhance the health and behavioral health of vulnerable populations. She works with federal, state and local authorities on behavioral health service system redesign and alternative financing strategies. Her recent work focuses on randomized controlled trials of evidence-based practice treatments for serious mental illness, and outcomes of individuals with co-occurring mental illness and chronic medical conditions. Dr. Cook has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  
  • Taina Laing, MSW, NYCPS, has been employed at Baltic Street AEH, Inc. since 2002 and was appointed as the CEO as of September 2020. Taina brings over 21 years of peer supervision, advocacy, and vocational services to individuals with mental health diagnoses. Taina participates on several committees and boards across New York State; she was elected the Co-President of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) 2022, sits on the New York State Peer Certification Board, Institute for the Development of Human Arts (IDHA) board, member of the WCNY-IPA, and is a professional participant in developing and overviewing the exam of the MHA National Certified Peer Specialist. Ms. Laing has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  

Planning Committee

  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dr. Brister has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  
  • Amy Cohen, PhD, American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Cohen has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
  • John Torous, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Torous has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
  • Sherin Khan, LCSW, Thresholds. Ms. Khan has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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