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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

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Leslie Asin

on 10 December 2012

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VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION Interviews and counseling sessions with the client to assess stability, need, areas of employment interest and existing skill and disability

Conversations with Physical Therapists, Physicians, Mental Health Therapists and Probation Officers to provide a thorough background history for the client

Extensive reading of client mental health records and medical records

Interviews with family members to further assess the level of required day-to-day assistance Primary Communication For a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor communication and collaboration go hand in hand. Every individual case involves wide-scale communication and collaboration to best assist the client.

Dragon Naturally Speaking enables those who have difficulty typing to perform work-related tasks that involve computers Assistive technologies The majority of training sessions are done statewide by video conference A Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Uses technology to

Participate in video conferences and training sessions with colleagues across the state or country
Perform basic daily communication via email
Access client records stored in databases

BUT the most interesting use of technology is making assistive technologies available to clients who need them in order to successfully obtain employment Technology Providing a Schizophrenic patient who hallucinates voices, a headset to wear at work so that when he replies to those voices, co-workers and customers assume that he is on the phone Creativity A client has been in and out of the ER due to chronic fear of suicide. That client comes into the counselor’s office crying and screaming. She is clearly unstable.
The program guidelines require that the client be stable in order to receive services.
The Rehabilitation Counselor must assess potential for suicide and what, if any, mental health services need to be notified
Counselor must also assess and document whether vocation assistance can be provided at this time Risk assessment for a suicidal client Smart Pens assist individuals with learning disabilities or memory impairment to take effective notes Assistive technologies Assistive technology. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved December 01, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/assistive_technology assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities including the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. Assistive Technology (AT) Conversations with government policy experts to determine the potential level of service available under program funding guidelines.

Conversations with non-profit, governmental and for-profit entities regarding available services; including domestic violence shelters, training programs and colleges, Social Security and the Department of Services for the Blind

Consultations with colleagues as to past experiences with different service providers Secondary Communication A Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor serves at-risk populations utilizing a matrix of services to provide the at-risk individuals with the tools they need in order to obtain and maintain employment What is a Vocational Rehab Counselor? 21st Century Skills Presentation
By Leslie Asin Vocational Rehabilitation (REHAB) Counselor Working With Vendors to Coordinate Employment With Companies in Community Brainstorming Employment Solutions With Other Agencies Collaboration Educational
Programs Gov’t Physicians Non-Profits Probation
Officers Clients Family Members Creating an employment plan that considers all obstacles to employment and addresses any and all necessary support needed for employment, including technology, transportation, and education. Critical Thinking Determining eligibility Interpreting Policy Critical Thinking Helping individuals with disabilities formulate and carry out a plan to obtain and retain employment by providing both counseling and resources Communication & Collaboration Creativity & Critical Thinking Technology Critical Thinking Vendors Extensive Collaboration With Many Individuals and Entities
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