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Vocational Training for Schizophrenia

The following treatment guidelines are meant as a reference tool only, and are not intended as treatment advice or to replace the clinical decision-making process of psychiatrists or other health professionals who administer these treatments. In clinical practice there are often good reasons why treatment approaches differ from what is described here.

 

People with Schizophrenia tend to have great difficulty maintaining rewarding and fulfilling jobs because of the effects of their illness.  Not only does this cause them considerable economic hardship, but it also excludes them from a basic part of social life in all industrialized societies.  Vocational training programs attempt to help these people to perform in a competitive work environment by teaching them various skills and also subsidizing employers so that these people can have a chance to learn a trade.   These programs have been shown to be quite successful in helping people with Schizophrenia obtain competitive jobs, though there is no clear evidence that they offer any additional clinical benefits [ref].

 

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