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Occupational rehabilitation

Vocational education centre (BBW)

Vocational education centres are facilities for the initial vocational training of mentally ill (and disabled) young persons, who due to the type or severity of their illness are reliant on special help during their education. The vocational education centres generally encompass training workshops, vocational schools, residential possibilities, leisure facilities and various specialist services (e.g. educational, medical or psychological support). Besides training for professions which are suitable for people with or without a disability alike, in the vocational education centres, training in specific professions for people with a disability is possible. Education workers, physicians and psychologists are available to support and accompany them. The goal is to integrate the mentally ill young people into work and private life as long-lasting as possible.

A list of the facilities for occupational rehabilitation in Hamburg can be found in the Therapy Guide for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the City of Hamburg from page 116.

Vocational training centre (BFW)

Vocational training centres are educational facilities for the further training and retraining of mentally ill persons who have generally already been in employment and have to re-orient themselves professionally due to their illness. The vocational training centres possess training institutes, residential schools with assisted living communities, various specialist services (e.g. educational, medical or psychological support), and leisure facilities. Occupational rehabilitation in vocational training centres should enable the trainees to practise their future profession largely without impairment.

A list of the facilities for occupational rehabilitation in Hamburg can be found in the Therapy Guide for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the City of Hamburg from page 116.

Occupational training centre (BTZ)

Occupational training centres are special institutions for the occupational rehabilitation of mentally ill persons. Their aims are to show the participants a realistic professional perspective, to enable their reintegration into the general labour market or to stabilise them for a subsequent retraining or training. Over a period of 12 to 15 months, the participants are prepared for the current requirements of the profession they have already learned, or they learn a new occupational field. Three-month work trials and training measures are also possible.

A list of the facilities for occupational rehabilitation in Hamburg can be found in the Therapy Guide for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the City of Hamburg from page 116.

Sheltered workshops (WfB)

For mentally ill persons in Germany, sheltered workshops are also available. Following a one- to two-year entry and training phase, these workshops also offer permanent jobs in various manual or industrial work areas. However, the majority of the sheltered workshops are targeted at physically disabled persons. More information can be gained in advance in the brochures of the workshops, or an appointment to visit the workshop can be arranged.

A list of the sheltered workshops in Hamburg can be found in the Therapy Guide for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the City of Hamburg from page 116.

Integration companies and additional income possibilities

Integration companies are predominantly small or medium-sized companies from various areas of industry. They employ mentally ill persons who cannot exist on the general labour market. In contrast to the sheltered workshops, integration companies enter into training and work contracts with their employees – with all of the resulting rights and obligations pertaining to labour law, collective bargaining law and social law. Their goal is to create permanent jobs liable to social insurance payments.

A list of the facilities for occupational rehabilitation in Hamburg can be found in the Therapy Guide for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the City of Hamburg from page 116.

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Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz (BGV) (Hrsg.) (2011). Therapieführer - Verzeichnis diagnostischer, therapeutischer und rehabilitativer Angebote in Hamburg (17. wiederholt überarbeitete Auflage). Hamburg: Behörde für Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz (BGV).

Written by:

Nina Weymann (Psychological psychotherapist), Dr. Lisa Tlach (Psychologist), Dr. Jörg Dirmaier (Psychological psychotherapist), Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Härter (Physician and psychological psychotherapist)

Date of creation: 10.08.2011
Date of last editing of content: 10.06.2015
Date of next editing of content: currently under revision