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Director's Meeting Presentation

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About the TVR Institute
Offers 7 courses in Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Studies
Courses can be taken for college credit or CEU credit
Taught by TVR professionals with years of experience in Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation
By taking all 7 courses for college credit, participants will earn an Award of Completion in Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Studies
The Award of Completion can be used to seek employment in the TVR field or participants can choose to continue to pursue college education and possibly transfer the courses into a bachelor’s degree program.
Institute staff can help advise participants who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
TVRS 301:
History
Class Roll-Out
Summer Quarter 2016 - our first quarter
Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Institute
Northwest Indian College
Western Washington University

About the TVR Institute
Funded by a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) in the U.S. Department of Education
Operated through a partnership between Northwest Indian College (NWIC) and Western Washington University (WWU), awarded as a Cooperative Agreement between the NWIC/WWU Partnership and RSA
The purpose of the Institute is to train current and potential/future vocational rehabilitation program counselors and other staff to provide services to individuals with disabilities in tribal communities
The program is intended to serve all TVR programs nationwide
TVRS 302:
Communication
TVRS 303:
Assessment and Eligibility
TVRS 304:
IPE Development
Topics covered include:
History of the Rehabilitation Act
History of TVR programs
Relationships and agreements between TVR programs and State VR agencies
Purpose of the VR program and role of consumers
Changes in the Rehab Act that required “qualified VR counselors”
Role of TVR Counselors, protecting the rights of consumers
Review of the various types of disabilities encountered by TVR staff
Definition of significant disability, outreach to those with significant disabilities
Using rehabilitation strategy, local businesses and cultural events to connect consumers with employers in the community
Topics covered include:
Exploration of the good qualities of a vocational rehabilitation counselor; ethics
How the initial contact with each applicant affects the future of the case
The intake interview as a key to the future partnership of VRC and consumer
Consumer rights and responsibilities, CAP, Administrative Review, confidentiality
Building rapport and having sensitivity to cultural differences and uniqueness
Historical trauma and its impact on individuals and communities
Client-centered counseling and guidance; motivational interviewing
Strategies for working with difficult consumers
The role of the agency’s governing body as a partner in the operation and success of a TVR program; strategies for education and collaboration
Note: TVRS 301 is a pre-requisite for TVRS 302 - TVRS 307
Topics covered include:
Required TVR eligibility criteria
Documenting eligibility, including samples and case studies
Creating partnerships and communicating with medical, psychological and treatment sources to obtain documentation of disability and treatment
Disability assessment for determining eligibility; requesting current records or obtaining additional documentation as needed
The transition from eligibility determination to the beginning of IPE development
Vocational assessment to inform the counseling process and to develop the IPE with a collaborative, client-centered approach
Gathering annual reporting information for eligible clients, including earnings, average weekly wage, and date achieved employment
Closing cases that are not eligible; annual review
Topics covered include:
TVR definitions of appropriate targeted employment outcomes; IPE terms and conditions
Required elements of the IPE; collaborating with the consumer/guardian to develop IPE
Comparable Services and Benefits; IPE responsibilities of agency, consumer, partners
IPE agreement and signatures to cover rights and responsibilities and client commitment
TVR services, including traditional healing and other culturally-appropriate modalities
Providing assistive services to clients early in the IPE development process
Criteria for measuring progress towards employment; taking action when progress is slow
Post-employment services provision; process of post-employment services
TVRS 305:
Case Record and Management
Topics covered include:
TVR consumer case service records—hard copies and electronic; confidentiality
Process and documentation for cases determined “not eligible”
Documenting a successful employment outcome closure using the required six criteria
Case record documentation, organization, and management
Case record review; records storage and retention
Caseload tracking for ease in performance reporting; data collection
Caseload management and agency team support
TVRS 306:
Job Search and Employment
Topics covered include:
Definitions of employment; ensuring applicability to those with all types of disabilities, including significant disabilities
Developing partnerships with the employer community; trial work experiences
Counselor role in establishing employer relationships and expectations
How the client/employer/counselor partnership informs the need for accommodation, assistive technology and payments, as well as assessing work interest, readiness, and potential employment
How Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) can provide opportunities for work evaluation and training within the tribal community; using real work settings
Case Closure: Successfully employed; post-employment services
TVRS 307:
Resource Management
Topics covered include:
Identifying management strategies and systems in the TVR application process or TVR program administration
Financial management for TVR counselors and staff
Working within a budget to provide client services
Gathering and maintaining caseload service data
Developing staff potential in TVR agencies
Building partnerships with other agencies, employers, and with local and nearby communities; sharing client cases with State VR
Building and maintaining positive organization awareness and relationships with the governing body of the tribe
10 students took the TVRS 301 during Summer Quarter; this was our Pilot class
Feedback from students was incorporated into class delivery and content
Fall Quarter 2016
6 students in TVRS 301
8 students in TVRS 302
Winter Quarter 2017
12 students in TVRS 301
4 students in TVRS 302
10 students in TVRS 303
4 students in TVRS 304
Spring Quarter 2017
30 students in TVRS 301
16 students in TVRS 302
10 students in TVRS 303
12 students in TVRS 304
5 students in TVRS 305
Summer Quarter 2017
16 students in TVRS 301
15 students in TVRS 302
18 students in TVRS 306
11 students in TVRS 307
Class Roll-Out
Fall Quarter 2017
8 students in TVRS 301
24 students in TVRS 303
8 students in TVRS 304
11 students in TVRS 305
We had our first four program graduates at the end of Summer quarter 2017 and three more graduates at the end of Fall quarter 2017!
Get Involved: Take or Teach a Course!
Future Course Development
Do you have specialized knowledge?
We could use your help developing new classes!
Potential course subjects:
Substance Abuse / Addictions and TVR
Psychiatric / Mental Disabilities and TVR
Medical Aspects and TVR
Course Outcomes:
Student Final Projects
In TVRS 302: Communication, the Aleutian Pribilof team created an orientation PowerPoint and packet to educate potential participants & ensure a consistent message.
Course Outcomes:
Student Final Projects
In TVRS 303: Assessment and Eligibility, the Samish TVR team revised their appointment referral/application form, making it more user friendly with easy questions and concrete answers.
Course Outcomes:
Student Final Projects
In TVRS 304: IPE Development, the Apache tribe of Oklahoma team created a handout for eligible participants to understand the IPE planning process, help participants understand what an IPE is and its important role in the VR process.
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