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Research seminar on work inclusion

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On 21. – 22. March 2017, the Competence Center for Work Inclusion (KAI) held a research seminar on Work Inclusion. The first day was arranged as an open seminar with approximately 40 participants from HiOA, NAV, Fountain Houses and employers’ organisations.

To view the presentations from the seminar, please click on the titles in the program below:

10.00 – 10.30: Introduction to day 1. Øystein Spjelkavik, Senior Researcher, HiOA.

10.30 – 11.15: Predictors of job acquisition for people with a severe mental illness – including the presentation of tools/questionnaires: Employment specialists’ competencies (BAKES) and working alliance inventory (WAI). Marc Corbière, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal.

11.30 – 12.15: Employer´s view on hiring and support. Johanna Gustafsson, PhD, Swedish institute for disability research, Örebro University.

13.00 – 13.30: Research on Work Inclusion and Work Environment. Daniele Evelin Alves, PhD, HiOA.

13.30 – 14.00: Work Experience or Placement? Angelika Schafft, Senior Researcher, HiOA​.

14.00 – 14.30: Disclosure in Supported Employment. Blanka Støren-Vaczy, PhD, HiOA.

14.45 – 15.15: The role of interdisciplinary professions in Work Inclusion. Grete Wangen, Senior Adviser, HiOA.

15.15 – 16.00: Discussion.

The second day of the seminar was limited to researchers and staff at HiOA with app. 20 participants and the following program:

08.30 – 09.00: Introduction to day 2. Øystein Spjelkavik, Senior Researcher.

09.00 – 09.45: Predictors of job tenure for people with a severe mental illness – including the presentation of the Work accommodations and natural supports scale (WANSS). Prof. Marc Corbière.

09.45 – 10.30: How employees with disability perceive their work situation and social inclusion in the workplace. Johanna Gustafsson, PhD.


13.00 – 13.30: Applicability of IPS principles to job inclusion of vulnerable youth. Kjetil Frøyland, Senior researcher, HiOA.

13.30 – 14.00: Applying Supported Employment for migrants with significant assistance needs. Tatiana Maximova-Mentizon, PhD, HiOA.

14.00 – 14.15: Short break.

14.15 – 15.15: Discussion, with a particular focus on the role of interdisciplinary professions in Work Inclusion.


Suggested reading:

Gustafsson et al. (2013), The Employer’s Perspective on Supported employment for people with disabilities: Successful approaches of Supported employment organizations. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation 38 (2013) 99-111.

Gustafsson et al. (2013), The employer’s perspective: employment of people with disabilities in wage subsidized employments. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 2013.

Villotti, Corbière et al. (2016), Work Accommodations and Natural Supports dor Employees with Severe Mental Illness in Social Businesses: An International Comparison. Community Mental Health Journal.

Corbière et al. (2014), Work Accommodation and Natural Supports for Maintaing Employment. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 2014, Vol 37, No. 2, 90-98.

Williams, Fossey, Corbière et al. (2016), Work Participation for people with severe mental illnesses: An integrative review of factors impacting job tenure. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (2016) 63, 65-85.

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