Augmented Education: Effectiveness of a new employment training and support model for people with mental illness (2009)

This report describes the findings of a study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of an augmented education program in helping individuals with mental illnesses graduate from college, and find and keep jobs over a two-year period. Augmented education is a model that combines elements of supported employment such as job coaching with supported education, which might include the opportunity to do make-up tests or access to additional teaching labs.

The study was a joint project of George Brown College and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. Information was gathered from 123 students who began the program between April 2004 and April 2008 and agreed to participate in the study. Information was collected from students at program entry; program completion; 12 months after completing the program; and at 24 months after completion. As well, interviews were held with 13 key informants, including program instructors and staff and student employers.

The results suggest that the graduates of the augmented education program were able to get and keep jobs in the industry in which they had trained.

Participation in the program appeared to have little or no effect on participants’ clinical functioning as assessed by hospitalizations and change in mental health status.

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Joan Nandlal, Monica Bettazzoni, Tony Priolo, Susan McGurk, Nina Flora and Colin Perrier. Augmented Education: Effectiveness of a new employment training and support model for people with mental illness 2009. Web. 2 Mar. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/augmented_education/augmented_education.pdf>
Joan Nandlal, Monica Bettazzoni, Tony Priolo, Susan McGurk, Nina Flora & Colin Perrier (2009). Augmented Education: Effectiveness of a new employment training and support model for people with mental illness. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/augmented_education/augmented_education.pdf
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