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March 8, 2024

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Supervisor Guidelines

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based employment support approach for people with a lived experience of mental health and addictions. Like many others, people with lived experience desire to live a meaningful life which includes participating in the workforce. Evidence shows that work provides a means of social inclusion, sense of purpose, financial stability, and health benefits.

As an IPS supervisor, your role is vital in assisting your team to adhere to IPS practice principles which can lead to more and better outcomes. These practices are adopted by both clinical teams and employment consultants.

Helping people with a lived experience of mental health and addictions into education, suitable training or employment is an important part of recovery. Following IPS practice principles allows for better outcomes and greater adherence to fidelity.

An important part of creating a successful employment team requires the skill and effort of a dedicated IPS supervisor. Undertaking weekly supervision and team meetings ensures the employment consultants are conversant in the IPS approach. Being integrated into mental health services and having a working relationship with the mental health team leader contributes to the sustainability of your IPS programme.

Download the guidelines below to read about the IPS practice principles, the role of the IPS Supervisor, employment consultant supervision, the role of clinicians and more.


IPS Supervisor Guidelines

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