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Vocational Empowerment Photovoice (VEP) (VEP)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02784938
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : May 27, 2016
Last Update Posted : February 26, 2019
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Thresholds Inc.
Pilgrim Psychiatric Center
Baycove Human Services
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Zlatka Russinova, Boston University Charles River Campus

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this project is to evaluate a promising peer-run psycho-educational group intervention titled "Vocational Empowerment Photovoice (VEP)" that aims to empower individuals with the most disabling psychiatric disabilities to engage in vocational services and pursue employment through the enhancement of their vocational hope, sense of vocational identity, work motivation, work-related self-efficacy, and capacity to deal with psychiatric stigma and discrimination.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Mental Illness Behavioral: Vocational Empowerment Photovoice (VEP) Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

The purpose of this project is to evaluate a promising peer-run psycho-educational group intervention titled "Vocational Empowerment Photovoice (VEP)" that aims to empower individuals with the most disabling psychiatric disabilities to engage in vocational services and pursue employment through the enhancement of their vocational hope, sense of vocational identity, work motivation, work-related self-efficacy, and capacity to deal with psychiatric stigma and discrimination. The VEP program was designed and pilot tested with a small randomized study (n=51) as part of a National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) funded research and training center (RTC) on Improving the Employment Outcomes (2009-2014). VEP is a 10-week peer-run program enhanced with 3 group booster sessions and the availability of weekly individual support provided by the VEP peer-leaders in keeping with each participant's formulated vocational goals. The researchers propose to evaluate the effectiveness of the VEP intervention using a large multi-site randomized controlled trial (RCT) with a total of 160 individuals who are not engaged in vocational services or working, but express such interests. The RCT will be carried out at 2 different mental health agencies (Thresholds in Chicago, IL and Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY) both of which provide supported employment services. Eighty individuals will be recruited at each of these two study sites and will be assessed at baseline and 4 post baseline follow-up points. The efficacy of the VEP intervention will be tested in regards to two types of outcomes: a) extrinsic (for example, engagement in employment services, job-seeking activities, or employment), and b) intrinsic (for example, enhanced vocational hope, sense of vocational identity, work motivation, work-related self-efficacy). The researchers propose a small qualitative sub-study to inform future implementation and scaling up of VEP based on its effectiveness. Upon completion of each wave of the RCT the researchers will conduct an approximately 90-minutes focus group with participants in the VEP program and individual interviews with the VEP peer leaders. At the conclusion of the RCT at each collaborating site, the researchers will conduct individual interviews with the VEP supervisor(s), research staff and agency senior manager(s) familiar with the study.

The study is currently approved for the Thresholds site and recruitment is under way at this site.


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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 160 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of the Peer-run Vocational Empowerment Photovoice (VEP) to Increase the Capacity of Individuals With Psychiatric Disabilities to Pursue Employment
Actual Study Start Date : November 11, 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date : April 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 2020

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MedlinePlus related topics: Mental Disorders

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Vocational Empowerment Photovoice (VEP)
The VEP program is a 10-week manualized, structured, peer-led intervention delivered in 2-hour group sessions. The VEP program integrates Photovoice methodology, Rehabilitation Readiness technology and elements of the Anti-Stigma Photovoice (ASP) curriculum previously developed and tested by the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (BU CPR). VEP group sessions combine didactic information, Photovoice exercises, and group discussions to empower participants in pursuing employment services and opportunities, all refined with input from individuals with a lived experience.
Behavioral: Vocational Empowerment Photovoice (VEP)
The VEP program is a 10-week manualized, structured, peer-led intervention delivered in 2-hour group sessions. The VEP manual includes a Workbook for the clients and a corresponding Leader's Guide for the group peer-leaders. The VEP program integrates Photovoice methodology, Rehabilitation Readiness technology and elements of the Anti-Stigma Photovoice (ASP) curriculum previously developed and tested by the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (BU CPR). VEP group sessions combine didactic information, Photovoice exercises, and group discussions to empower participants in pursuing employment services and opportunities, all refined with input from individuals with a lived experience.

No Intervention: Wait-list Control
Services as usual



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Engagement in employment and employment services [ Time Frame: Baseline to 12 months ]
    Measured by number of appointments with supported employment providers and days employed during each follow up period.

  2. Work Hope [ Time Frame: Baseline to 12 months ]
    Measured by the Work Hope Scale

  3. Vocational Identity [ Time Frame: Baseline to 12 months ]
    Measured by the Vocational Identity Scale

  4. Work Motivation [ Time Frame: Baseline to 12 months ]
    Measured by the Work Motivation Scale


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Belief in Work Capacity [ Time Frame: Baseline to 12 months ]
    Measured by a single item scale

  2. Internalized Stigma [ Time Frame: Baseline to 12 months ]
    Measured by the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness Scale

  3. Empowerment [ Time Frame: Baseline to 12 months ]
    Measured by Making Decisions Empowerment Scale



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. are 18 or older
  2. have a DSM-IV diagnosis of serious mental illness, including dual diagnosis
  3. are not working currently due to their mental illness
  4. are not receiving or in a process of receiving employment services
  5. are interested in learning about ways to pursue work in the future
  6. are fluent in English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. co-existing physical or developmental disabilities resulting in cognitive limitations
  2. Inability to give full and knowing consent.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02784938


Contacts
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Contact: Vasudha Gidugu 617-353-3549 vasudha@bu.edu
Contact: Zlatka Russinova 617-353-3549 zlatka@bu.edu

Locations
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United States, Illinois
Thresholds Inc. Recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60613
Contact: Lisa Razzano    773-572-5265    razzano@psych.uic.edu   
Contact: Nicole Pashka    773-572-5265    nicole.pashka@thresholds.org   
Sub-Investigator: Lisa Razzano         
United States, Massachusetts
Baycove Human Services- Transitions of Boston Recruiting
Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States, 02122
Contact: Vinette McKay    617-788-1024    vmckay@baycove.org   
United States, New York
Pilgrim Psychiatric Center Active, not recruiting
Brentwood, New York, United States, 11717
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston University Charles River Campus
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Thresholds Inc.
Pilgrim Psychiatric Center
Baycove Human Services
Investigators
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Study Director: Zlatka Russinova Boston University

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Responsible Party: Zlatka Russinova, Research Associate Professor, Boston University Charles River Campus
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02784938     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 90RT5029-01-00 R3
First Posted: May 27, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 26, 2019
Last Verified: February 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Zlatka Russinova, Boston University Charles River Campus:
Employment
Mental Illness
Photovoice

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Mental Disorders