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Vocational success with psychological stability

 

SALO+PARTNER has been successfully integrating individuals with psychological disabilities into the general labour market throughout Germany since 1995. We have been a recognised comparable rehabilitation facility in accordance with SGB IX § 35 since 2011. Our NeueWege@SALO (NewPaths@SALO) programme ensures that we as a rehabilitation facility have become closely integrated into psychosocial networks and become a recognised part of the supply chain.

Psychological disabilities affect the experience and behaviour of individuals, their progress is often unpredictable and the symptoms are different for every individual. Psychological disabilities are manifested in feelings, actions and experiences and are often difficult to understand for outsiders. After overcoming the acute phase of the illness, many individuals undergoing rehabilitation suffer from cognitive disabilities, e.g. in the form of concentration difficulties. Some have to struggle with a lack of motivation, others have difficulty dealing with conflicts and social situations and a few have confidence issues due to a fear of overextension, especially in a profession.

Many of those affected have experienced conflicts at the workplace or the break-down of their employment relationship during the course of their illness. Re-entry into their previous position is often no longer possible as this sets excessive demands on the individual's ability to cope with stress. Job insecurity is a huge burden on the individual undergoing rehabilitation; they desire a job that they can still perform and which corresponds to their skills while simultaneously fearing that they can no longer come to terms with the conditions in the working world and the requirements of a new activity. In the first phase of our NeueWege@SALO programme we gradually and cautiously prepare individuals with psychological disorders for re-entry into working life.

Every individual undergoing rehabilitation is issued a rehabilitation coach as a contact who provides support and guidance on both vocational as well as health and personal issues. This always takes place with aim of “Helping people to help themselves”. Professional skills are gained or refreshed in small learning groups and confidence in the individual’s own learning and working ability is re-established. Additional measures, such as social competence training or the communication of stress management strategies prepare the individuals undergoing rehabilitation for re-entry into working life. The key controlling tool in this respect is the continuous management of the integration and development plan.

A comprehensive resource-based occupational stocktake is performed in individual and group discussions to introduce new professional paths to the participants. The introduction to professional activities takes place in carefully selected businesses in the primary labour market where we ensure that the participant is able to deal with the demands of the activity. After psychophysical stabilisation and completion of the professional orientation, the focus of the programme turns to practical training in businesses in the primary labour market.
 
Our good integration rate and our long-term experience shows that the restored daily schedule, the feelings of success and the social contacts at the workplace mean that our individuals undergoing rehabilitation once again see themselves as employees and colleagues and develop a positive self-image.
 
This is an important pre-requisite for a permanent psychological stabilisation and a sustainable integration into the labour market.