WISE Ways to Work

WISE Ways to Work is a program for people living with a mental illness who have employment or other vocational goals.

Our program focuses on helping you build key skills for work such as concentration, working memory, problem solving, communication skills and mental and physical health management.

WISE Ways to Work is also committed to building the capacity and confidence of employers to provide mentally healthy and responsive work environments for all staff. Our team can provide specialist assistance in providing workplace adjustments and support for employees with a mental illness.

For more information about WISE Ways to Work, please email WISE Ways to Work Program Manager, Kimberley Capocchi or contact 0428 678 077.

WISE Ways to Work eligibility

WISE Ways to Work is available for those who are:

  • Living with a mental illness
  • Aged 18 or over
  • Interested in work or volunteering
  • Able to get to North Melbourne, or be willing to engage online via tele-health
  • Able to attend while not affected by alcohol or illicit drugs
  • Willing to self-reflect
  • Comfortable in a group setting

If you, your family member or client does not have an NDIS plan but is interested in participating in WISE Way to Work activities, please email WISE Ways to Work Program Manager, Kimberley Capocchi, as we may be able to refer you to a similar program.

Customise your WISE Ways to Work experience

WISE Ways to Work offer a range of expert programs which allow you to build skills, manage your mental health and wellbeing and achieve your employment, study or volunteering goals. Our multidisciplinary team of Vocational Coaches are experts in Occupational Therapy.

We’re here to help you understand your eligibility and work out the best program for you. Our team works closely with you to determine a suitable plan, then we put together an individualised package to ensure you get the most out of your WISE Ways to Work experience.

Scroll down below to see the range of services we offer, or talk to our friendly team about the best ways we can help you. Email Kimberley Capocchi or contact 0428 678 077 to organise a time to chat, today!

WWtW is NDIS funded

WISE Ways to Work is a NDIS-registered vocational rehabilitation program that offers both group and individual support work to help prepare you for the world of work and supports you in your job- seeking journey. We do this by assisting you to build key skills for work and to manage your health in order to achieve your goals set out in your NDIS plan.

Scroll down to see our programs which can be added to your NDIS plan.

No NDIS plan? We may still be able to help you via our First Nations and Jobs Victoria programs.

Employ Your Mind (Building skills for work)

Employ Your Mind is specifically designed to help people living with mental illness build social and thinking skills to help you achieve your work and personal goals.

Over four 6 week phases, you will work with a Vocational Coach to develop your skills. The program includes project work, an online ‘Thinking Gym’, group sessions and the opportunity to share ideas in a safe, fun and encouraging environment.

During the program you will develop self-awareness, build thinking and communication skills, gain exposure to work and develop a vocational plan.

Email Kimberley Capocchi or contact 0428 678 077 to find out more.

Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT)

SCIT is a group program that targets the thinking processes that are involved in communication and social interaction. It is for anyone who experiences social difficulties and is designed to improve social ability by improving participants’ social cognition or social thinking.

Social cognition involves a number of different skills and abilities including the ability to identify or understand someone’s mood by reading their facial expressions, or noticing what they say and do.

Group sessions include group discussions, using a series of video vignettes, slideshows and role-playing. Completing tasks out of-sessions is recommended. Sessions run once a week for 20 weeks. Each session is 1.5 hours.

  • Below are some examples of what is covered during SCIT:
    Explore different emotions (what are they? How do they look?)
    Be aware of suspicious feelings by figuring out what is a “guess” and what is a “fact”. (E.g. I think they were laughing at me vs they were laughing at a joke someone just told).
  • View a situation from another person’s perspective and learn how to avoid the trap of jumping to conclusions
    when interpreting a situation or the behaviour of others

All the above can improve the quality of communication and team work in the workplace , and contribute to improving
performance at work and overall well-being . In addition, these skills can also improve your interaction and communication with others in the community, as well as with friends and family

Optimal Health Program

Looking to build awareness and improve your mental, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing? The Optimal Health Program (OHP) could be for you.

OHP is delivered in group sessions over 8 weeks, with a key focus on developing supports and strategies to maintain health and wellbeing. Group discussion, reflection and mutual support are essential for the program’s success.

Find out more by contacting the WISE Ways to Work team! You can email Kimberley Capocchi or contact 0428 678 077.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists play an important role in supporting you to live to your full potential and enhance your independence with everyday activities.

Our Occupational Therapists can help you recognise how your mental health might affect your day-to-day living and particularly your journey to finding meaningful work. Our Occupational Therapists are skilled in a number of areas, including;

  • mental health management
  • cognitive remediation (CR)
  • social cognition and interaction training (SCIT)
  • evidence-based cognitive, functional and vocational assessments

Occupational therapists can help you to:

  • identify interests and goals (specifically in the area of vocation – work, study or volunteering)
  • manage daily routines at home, community and vocational setting
  • modify daily tasks to make them easier to perform and
  • access activities that you can participate effectively in

Contact the WISE Ways to Work team about Occupational Therapy by emailing Kimberley Capocchi or calling 0428 678 077.

Other programs (not NDIS funded)

First Nations Program

WISE Ways to Work has been adapted for First Nations people living with a mental health issue build skills for employment or other community engagement.

By building skills to manage your overall health and wellbeing, we can support you to achieve your goals. WWtW is delivered by an experienced team of Vocational Coaches with expertise in Occupational Therapy and First Nations People Vocational Support.

 

View our First Nations Program

Jobs Victoria

WISE Ways to Work is happy to offer the Jobs Victoria specialist mental health jobs program. You may be eligible for these specialist services if you live with a mental health condition such as anxiety, bipolar, depression or schizophrenia.

Run by our experienced WISE Ways to Work team, this program gives you access to tailored support services, offering both group and individual support to help prepare you for the world of work and support you on your job-seeking journey.

 

Find out more about Jobs Victoria.

Good EGG Program

Are you an employer? You’re invited to join our Employment Generation Group (EGG)!

“Good EGGs” are workplace champions who recognise the value of inclusive, flexible workplaces and are committed to creating ‘sunny side up’ employment opportunities for people living with mental health issues.

WISE Ways to Work builds the capacity and confidence of employers to provide mentally healthy and responsive work environments for all staff. Additionally, we can provide specialist assistance in providing adjustments and support for employees with mental illness.

Read more about the Good EGG program that helps more people who have mental health problems into work.

For more information about the Good EGG Program, please email WISE Ways to Work Program Manager, Kimberley Capocchi or contact 0428 678 077.

Contact us

Let’s chat about how we can help you! Send the WISE Way’s to Work Program Manager Kimberley Capocchi an email or phone 0428 678 077.

 

 

 

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