Employment & Education FAQ

What is a Clubhouse?

A Clubhouse is a free, community-based membership organization aimed at helping people living with mental illness around the world regain a respected place in society through work, education, wellness and community.

How can the clubhouse help me find work?

 

As a right of membership, Clubhouses provide members with opportunities to return to paid employment in integrated work settings through Transitional Employment, Supported Employment, and Independent Employment programs.

What does Transitional Employment, Supported Employment, and Independent Employment mean?

TE Employment (TE): Is time-limited, part-time competitive employment: Designed to help members strengthen work skills, regain confidence, and develop work references. TE allows member to explore a variety of employment opportunities. The Clubhouse chooses the member and manages the position for the employer. The member is hired as an employee of the company. The member works at the employer’s place of business. Transitional Employment is not segregated or sheltered. The Clubhouse provides training and back-up coverage in the event of member absence. Job development generally focuses on the needs and interest of the Clubhouse collective.

Supported Employment (SE): Is permanent competitive employment: The employer hires the member directly and there generally is a formal relationship/understanding between the Clubhouse, the working member, and the employer. The Clubhouse is likely to have assisted the member in obtaining the job and the support offered by the Clubhouse may have been a determining factor in the hiring decision by the employer. In addition the Clubhouse provides an array of flexible supports both on-site and off-site. On-site supports can include training support, job carving, career development support, natural support development, and setting up reasonable accommodations. The Job development is member centered and career oriented. The position is not a set-aside in which the Clubhouse has a responsibility to recruit for and fill the position or provide absence or back-up coverage. The member is paid the prevailing wage rate and there remains continued support to from the Clubhouse to achieve a livable wage.

Independent Employment (IE): Is permanent competitive employment: The employer hires the member directly. With IE, the Clubhouse has no formal relationship with the employer regarding the individual position. As a result, the Clubhouse does not provide on-site supports or back-up coverage. Extensive and flexible off-site supports are available to the member. Disclosure is a member choice. Job development is member centered and career oriented.

 

 

What if I haven’t worked in a long time?

 

Clubhouse does a great job of meeting people where they are and provides what they need to move forward.

 

 

 

Is there someone who can help me with resumes and cover letters?

 

Clubhouse has staff that are trained to help you develop or update your resume or cover letter.

 

 

What if I don’t know what job is right for me? 

 

In addition to getting career counseling, The clubhouse utilizes a program known as career scope which is an assessment tool that measures your interests and skill level to figure out the best career path.

 

 

 

What if I need transportation to work?

 

The clubhouse can assist with helping you learn to bus route. 

 

 

 

 

What if I want to go back to school how can the clubhouse help me?

 

Many Clubhouse members have had to interrupt their educational plans because of their mental illness. Some have not finished secondary school, while others had to curtail their university studies. The Clubhouse offers educational opportunities for members to complete or start certificate and degree programs at academic institutions and adult education providers. The Clubhouse also utilizes the talents and skills of members and staff to provide educational opportunities in the Clubhouse, particularly in areas related to literacy.

 

 

 

Can the clubhouse help me to obtain a GED?

 

Clubhouse can help put you on the path to obtaining a GED. 

 

 

 

What if I need professional clothes to work in?

The Clubhouse can assist you with obtaining.

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