Webinar: Employment Support for People with Justice System Involvement

Open to the Public
Lana Cullis

Many job seekers do not fit traditional labour market expectations. This webinar focuses on supporting those who don't fit into those usual expectations, because of their involvement with the Justice System. 

Webinar Description:

This session addresses emerging employment practices for persons with Justice System involvement and/or criminal records. We will focus on unique employment situations that benefit from specialized Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) techniques. This approach responds to how job seekers themselves have taught Practitioners to better serve individuals dealing with a complicated past; Justice System involvement, and, Mental Health or Substance Use challenges.

Webinar Objectives:
1. Participants will discover how to support an individual with Justice System Involvement to gain and maintain employment (practical tools)
2. Participants will learn to utilize personalized Disclosure Statements as a means to acquire interviews and encourage hiring with employers
3. Participants will become aware of research and best practice models that aid job search and job retention, and, how to share this information with job searching individuals to create hope
4. Participants will understand the importance of  PSR principles when advocating alongside persons served

PresenterS Bio

Lana Cullis has worked as a change advocate for over 25 years. She practices as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (RRP designation).      Lana understands trying to find and keep work while living with illness and injury.

She has served in the Individual Placement and Support IPS program with Mental Health and Substance Use Teams since 2009, and has specialized with youth seeking employment in the Early Psychosis Programs. Before that, she practiced employment counseling and program coordination in the Downtown East side of Vancouver serving persons with complex needs and determined spirits.

In 2019 she became a Surveyor with CARF (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) where she helps recovery-focused agencies meet and maintain the highest industry standards in both Canada and the United States. Whether working with individuals or agencies, in her practice Lana utilizes the power of wonder to activate change in work, life, and play.

Kristina Han has been working as a IPS worker at the CMHA for the past 2.5 years. She is passionate about helping people to find work that is meaningful for them using strength based approach and PSR principles.

Her experience includes working with at-risk youth and supporting members with employment at a mental health clubhouse. She has a Bachelors in Sociology and a certificate with community counselling. She is currently pursuing Social Work degree with University of Victoria. She is a life-long learner and trying to get into BC favorite outdoor activity: hiking