1 July 2019
Collaboration for improved career development decisions for students with mental health conditions
Without a holistic approach to the entire career choice, beginning with study are we setting students up to fail? Collaboration between disabilities and career services is essential for students with disabilities to ensure they fulfil degree inherent requirements
This partnership begins with the initial registration to university disabilities services and brief questioning on how/why their degree decision is made.
In many schools career counselling is minimal and the student may apply and enrol without considering all aspects of the career (e.g., People with depression doing shift work and anxiety presenting in front of an audience). Disabilities services have a role in collaborating with careers services to initiate these conversations. A process of case management which encompasses career development and/or personal counselling and other relevant support services is essential for a holistic wrap-around service.
The recent Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) Report, Improving Retention, Completion and Success in Higher Education (2018) has recommendations around better career advice and institutional-wide mental health strategies for better degree choices and improved retention. Many other studies report mental health constructs are directly correlated with dysfunctional career thoughts.
Griffith University’s Disabilities Service has a range of activities which support positive career choices. Including widening participation activities for high school students, disability-specific employment initiatives, and case management practice with academic areas to support Work Integrated Learning. Working with students with mental health conditions across the student life cycle is key to addressing ‘career under-preparedness’. This presentation will discuss these and other best practice for students with mental health conditions.
Audience: People from a secondary or tertiary institute working with students with a disability – Disability advisors, career consultants, counsellors.
If you are can’t attend, register and you will be sent details on how to access the recorded session.