Employment and Disclosure
Disclosure is one of the questions people always ask when considering employment. The Sharing Experience Learned Firsthand (SELF) project gained insight from peers in recovery about the role of lived experience of mental distress and challenges in training and service delivery. Individuals provided their experiences sharing personal history, views on risks and benefits of disclosure, suggestions for colleagues who were considering disclosure, and guidance for organizations wanting to support the effective use of self-disclosure in service provision. Interviews, focus groups, and survey data will be shared during the webinar as well as recommendations for future exploration. Project staff will briefly touch on the impact the project had on their own recovery journeys.
Beckie Child, MSW is the Interim Executive Director of the Lived Experience Research Network (LERN). She is working on a doctoral degree in social work and teaches in the Social Work program at Portland State University. Beckie’s research interests include the lived experience of people receiving mental health services increasing equity in health outcomes for people with mental health diagnoses, self-injury, systems change and transformation, and all things mental health. She is a current member of the governor-appointed Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board and is a member of Disability Rights Oregon’s PAIMI Council.
Casadi “Khaki” Marino is a licensed clinical social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor who is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work through Portland State University. She is in recovery from bipolar disorder and is mad identified. She has worked in a number of settings including outpatient, residential, supported housing, a state hospital, and a jail. Khaki facilitates the meetings of “Light of Madness,” a Hearing Voices group. Her research focuses on peer support and delivered services, madness and identity development, and disability and mad theories.