Spruce areas of Expertise

Career Support


Spruce Mountain Inn recognizes that employment plays an important role for young adults transitioning to independence. A successful work experience can provide residents with a sense of accomplishment, a foundation for increased self-esteem, and enhanced well-being.

The Spruce Mountain Inn Career Development Program offers residents the opportunity to gain new skills as well as increased personal autonomy. Residents can benefit from the vocationally-related components of our Life Skills Program, volunteer placements, and competitive employment.

Residential treatment is an immersive, community-based approach that has the potential to be much more effective than treatment received in someone's typical living environment. The benefits of residential treatment for anxiety/depression/OCD include:

Components of the Career Development Program:

Career Horizons Group will explore educational and career interests. Participants will engage in discussions, develop action plans, and set goals for themselves. Topics include: unusual paths to a career, making the most out of part-time jobs and volunteering, what to look for in a career, lifespan education, values and career decisions, obtaining occupational information, hard and soft employment skills, and defining a dream job. The book “Who Moved My Cheese?” is also incorporated into the discussions as residents learn strategies for learning to deal with change.

Employability Group examines the skills needed to gain employment, to stay employed, and/or be ready for hire. By the end of the 8-week course, individuals will know how to go through a successful job search, be able to define and explain personal qualities hiring professionals seek in new hires, understand roles individuals take in organizational group meetings, know how best to navigate organizational issues, and be able to place meaning on the value of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards.

Volunteer Community Placement/Internship – Volunteer job placements are individualized to match the resident’s needs, interests, abilities, and personal goals. Spruce Mountain Inn has partnered with more than 80 potential placements to include: government agencies, local non-profits, nature centers and parks, community social services, television and radio stations, schools and libraries and environmental and social justice organizations. All unpaid work is accompanied by a stipend paid to the resident by Spruce Mountain Inn.

Competitive Work – Community volunteer placement and internships often result in offers of paid employment. Paid work moves residents along the continuum toward independence.

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Parents from Vermont
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