This article explores training for specialists working with veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. The specialists are peer veterans who are trained as part of the Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP) and provide vocational assistance, job development, job placement and ongoing employment support.
This column describes a goal-oriented, time-limited in vivo coaching/training approach for skills building among peer veterans vocational rehabilitation specialists of the Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP). Planning, implementing, and evaluating the training approach for peer providers was intended, ultimately, to support veterans in their goal of returning to community competitive employment. The description draws from the training experience that aimed to improve the ability of peer providers to increase both rates of employment and wages of the homeless veterans using their services. Training peers using an in vivo training approach provided a unique opportunity for the veterans to improve their job development skills with a focus to support employment outcomes for the service users. Peers who received training also expressed that learning skills through an in vivo training approach was more engaging than typical classroom trainings.
Gao, N., Dolce, J., Rio, J., Heitzmann, C. and Loving, S., 2016. In-Vivo Job Development Training Among Peer Providers of Homeless Veterans Supported Employment Programs. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 39(2), 191-192.