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Psychiatric Vocational Services

The Department of Psychiatric Vocational Services offers the following services to individuals receiving treatment at The Institute of Living.


Psychiatric RehabilitationVolunteer Opportunities

We have volunteer opportunities available year round in the Department of Psychiatric Vocational Services in the following areas:

  • IOL Greenhouse
  • On the Horizon clothing store
  • IOL Shop (Gifts/Food)
  • Peer Support Advocate

For more information, please call the Department at 860.545.7202 or the Hartford Hospital Volunteer Services Office at 860.545.2198.


Psychiatric Vocational Services

Horticulture Services

The emphasis of Horticulture Services is on use of The Institute of Living’s greenhouse, flower shop and grounds as a vocational training environment.

Dining & Catering Services

Emphasis is on use of The Institute of Living’s cafeteria as a vocational training environment.

Retail Stores

The Gift Shop is a retail convenience store on the IOL campus, which specializes in providing sundries and gifts to staff, clients and visitors. 

Recovery Oriented Groups & Support Services

The Department of Psychiatric Vocational Services has recognized recovery-based interventions as a vital part of the treatment for all individuals.

Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational Therapy is an instrumental part of a client’s recovery at The Institute of Living.

Therapeutic Recreation Services

Therapeutic Recreation Services are provided throughout the continuum of care at The Institute of Living.

Weekly Peer Support Group

The Peer Support Group meets every Wednesday at 12:30PM at the IOL. This group is intended to provide support, encouragement, and positive momentum for people in recovery from mental health and substance use.

Psychiatric Vocational Services