Work readiness training
Evidence-based practices provide immediately applicable skills to clients of Zucker Hillside's Nassau Day Training Program, said Lisa Lumia, LMHC.
Enrollees can volunteer at the hospital's thrift store and get a certificate for their help. This work experience is a boon for people who have never had a job before, had an extended period of unemployment or were previously homeless.
The Sign-On Enterprises shop creates name tags, banners and other printed materials for Northwell Health. The Hempstead-based business serves as a situational assessment for participants' soft work skills and abilities, which helps target a viable employment goal.
Zucker Hillside's Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation also works with Northwell Health's Corporate Human Resources Department to stay current on résumé preparation, interviewing technique and technical skills that employers need. Participants who want to reenter the job market can receive prevocational skills development, direct placement with community employment opportunities and job coaching and retention services. Underemployed patients receive assistance with securing work that is full time or more career oriented, according to Ms. Lumia.
Nassau Day Training Program staff emphasize:
- Job retention skills: Assisting people with everyday challenges that may be obstacles to maintaining employment.
- Case management: Counseling on matters such as housing and benefits and relationships with family, friends, co-workers and supervisors.
"When we focus on the whole person, we see greater success," said Ms. Lumia.