Virtual training makes veterans with PTSD nine times more likely to nab a job

first_imgShare on Facebook Participants in the training practiced repeatedly with the virtual character, a human resources staff member named Molly Porter. They spoke their responses to Molly’s questions using voice recognition software. A job coach in the program gave them immediate on-screen feedback as to whether their responses helped or hurt their rapport with Molly. The interviews got tougher as they progressed.Vets with PTSD and individuals with severe mental illness who took the training were nine times more likely than non-trainees to get job offers in a six-month follow-up after training. The more training interviews participants completed, the greater the likelihood of receiving a job offer and in a shorter amount of time.“Veterans with PTSD and people with mental illness such as bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia are prone to anxiety, which can escalate during stressful social encounters such as the job interview,” said Matthew J. Smith, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “The training was a big confidence builder for them.”The study will be published July 1 in the journal Psychiatric Services.The commercially available training from SIMmersion LLC is computer-based and can be accessed over the Internet at or installed from a DVD. It fills an important need, Smith said. Evidence-based employment services are not widely available to individuals with severe mental illness at a national level.Closed-door interviews may trigger feeling trappedThe job interview can be an emotional land mine for individuals with severe mental illness.Vets with PTSD may have trouble concentrating and following a conversation. A closed-door job interview may trigger a sense of being trapped. These former soldiers also may feel detached from others, which makes it hard for them to connect socially with the interviewer.Tricky conversations about time off for therapyThe vets and individuals with severe mental illness may need structured time off from work to attend their mental health services and need to know how to discuss this in an interview. These individuals may also have an extended period of unemployment, and the training gives them tools to discuss gaps in their work history. Practicing with the training program also helped participants become more comfortable in a job interview environment.The interviews with Molly Porter taught participants how to emphasize their strong work ethic and ability to work well with others. The program also showed them how to share their prior work experiences in a positive way (rather than complaining about past experiences), sound interested in the position and speak professionally.Trainees receive a score at the end of each interview with scores of 90 or better informing them that, “You’ve got the job!”When an individual accesses Molly, the program has certain features so a person can identify a disability. The program takes that into account when it asks questions in the job interview.Study participants included 70 individuals with severe mental illness (bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder) or U.S. military veterans who had a diagnosis of PTSD and a mood or psychotic disorder. Finding a job is difficult for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and individuals with severe mental illness, who have high unemployment rates even though many want to work.The job interview — especially hard for those with mental illness — can be a major hurdle.A virtual human — based on software originally used to train FBI agents — helped vets with PTSD and individuals with severe mental illness build their job interview skills and snag significantly more job offers, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Email Pinterestcenter_img Share Share on Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more

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Former trainee banned after pretending he passed LPC

first_imgA trainee solicitor has been barred from the profession for falsely claiming to the Solicitors Regulation Authority that he had passed the Legal Practice Course.Kulvinder Kooner had been employed at Surrey firm Preuveneers LLP when he sent an application in May 2019 to be admitted to the roll and for a practising certificate for the 2018/19 year.On receiving the application, the SRA phoned Kooner to request a copy of the certificate showing he had completed and passed the LPC. Kooner then sent the SRA a copy of an LPC certificate: in fact he had never passed the course and had falsified the document.When the regulator asked him to provide a clearer copy of the certificate, Kooner failed to respond, before emailing to withdraw his application stating he no longer wanted to pursue a career as a solicitor. On the same day as that email was sent, the firm reported the matter to the SRA.Kooner admitted acting dishonestly and accepted that his conduct meant it was undesirable for him to be involved in legal practice. He apologised and expressed remorse to the SRA.He was made subject to a section 43 order, preventing him from working for any regulated firm without SRA permission. He will also pay £300 investigation costs.last_img read more

Senator Sullivan Applauds Trump’s Defense Secretary Decision

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s junior U.S. Senator says he’s pleased with President-Elect Trump’s choice for Defense Secretary. Senator Dan Sullivan “commended” Trump after the announcement that General James Mattis would be heading up the Department of Defense, calling the decision “inspired.” Sullivan wrote, “I am confident that General Mattis will bring to this important position integrity, leadership, and a warrior ethos that will help America address the challenges of an increasingly dangerous world. He believes in the critical importance of a strong network of allies in strengthening our national security.”center_img The Senator expressed hope for a “swift confirmation,” including any statutory waivers required by the Congress.last_img read more

Boxing coach Chris Brown shot dead

first_imgBoxing coach and fitness trainer Christopher Brown was shot dead this morning.Brown was sitting on the steps of the Fit Farm Fitness Club on Upper Braemar Avenue in St Andrew when men approached and shot him multiple times at around 5:20 a.m.Police say no motive has yet been determined for the killing.Brown was the coach of Sakima Mullings, whom he guided two wins in the Wray and Nephew Contender Series in 2014 and 2017.He was 52 years old.last_img