Promoting Housing Stability by Fostering a Culture of Employment (Maumee/Toledo, OH)

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  • This event is part of a series to promote housing stability  among people with mental illness and substance use disorders in Ohio.
  • Learn More: Additional dates and locations (click here).

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Employment promotes recovery for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders by providing extra income and a valued social role. Studies have examined non-vocational outcomes in relation to steady employment among people with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. People who work tend to achieve independent housing and a higher quality of life, especially in the first five years. People with co-occurring disorders can improve markedly.

This one-day workshop will identify components of employment services and best practices that will help foster a culture of work across an array of housing settings. Organizational facilitators and barriers will be explored in small and large group exercises. Participants will finish the day by developing a work plan to develop and/or enhance a culture of work in their particular organizations. Examples of housing settings include the following:

  • PSH/Permanent Supportive & Independent Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Residential
  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Emergency Shelters
  • YMCA & YWCA Housing
  • Community CPST
  • Recovery Houses

Learning Objectives

Participants in this training event will be able to ...

  1. Identify the components and best practices of a culture of work
  2. Describe current organizational and staff facilitators for developing a culture of work
  3. Describe organizational and staff barriers to developing a culture
  4. Identify next steps to developing or enhancing a culture of work 


Nicole Clevenger, MSSA , Patrick Boyle, PhD, LISW-S, LICDC-CS


Our training events are open to professionals from multiple disciplines, service settings, and systems of care who provide healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and other services to people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Examples of people who attend our events include the following:

Service roles

  • Program managers
  • Team leaders
  • Clinical supervisors
  • Medical staff
  • Quality assurance professionals
  • Administrators
  • Policymakers
  • Direct-service staff
  • Peer supporters
  • Peer specialists
  • Peer recovery coaches

Service settings

  • Behavioral healthcare organizations (e.g., mental health, addiction services)
  • County boards (e.g., mental health, addiction services)
  • Psychiatric hospitals (state and community)
  • Hospitals
  • Managed Care Organizations
  • Criminal justice (e.g., police, courts, jail, probation, parole)
  • Residential
  • Housing
  • Health clinics (primary health)
  • Health Homes

Professional disciplines

  • Mental-health services
  • Addiction services
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Primary healthcare
  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Residential
  • Housing
  • Criminal justice
  • Vocational rehabilitation


Keynote PowerPoint as PDF

June 10, 2015

  • Promoting Housing Stability by Fostering a Culture of Employment
  • Presenter: Nicole Clevenger, BFA, consultant and trainer (get bio)
  • Presenter: Patrick Boyle, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, director of implementation services (get bio)



Nicole Clevenger, MSSA, is a consultant and trainer at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University and its Ohio Supported Employment Coordinating Center of Excellence (Ohio SE CCOE) initiative. In this role, she provides technical assistance to service organizations throughout Ohio that are implementing Supported Employment (SE), the evidence-based practice, which helps people with mental illness find a job of their choice in the community. Ms. Clevenger also promotes the Center's consultation and training for Benefits Advocacy & Planning among service organizations and consumer-operated services (COS) that are helping people make more informed decisions about their benefits situations and employment dreams.

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Patrick E. Boyle, PhD, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, is director of implementation services at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University, where he oversees the technical-assistance services of all Center projects, including two Ohio Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE) initiatives. The technical assistance includes program consultation, clinical consultation, and training for service systems and organizations that are implementing evidence-based practices, emerging best practices, and other strategies that improve quality of life and other outcomes for people diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

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June 10, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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June 3, 2015 (11:59 PM) EST
June 3, 2015 (11:59 PM) EST is the deadline to cancel your registration for this event and request a refund.