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The Vocational Rehabilitation Department of RSG was established in 1983. We offer client initial assessment and vocational counseling; plan development and implementation; job development and placement; job coaching; job-seeking skills training; and employment status follow-up services. Other services are available that may not directly involve the individual, including file reviews, labor market research, and job analysis preparation. BS01316_1.wmf (8986 bytes)

VOCATIONAL COUNSELING

Each client is evaluated on an individual basis, using a review of written referral information and an initial interview. Consideration is given to the client's educational background and work history, physical capacities and limitations, aptitudes and interests, self-identified vocational goals, if available, and identification of transferable skills. A preliminary assessment can be offered which addresses such factors as: the individual's feasibility for immediate employment using current skills; some estimate of immediate earnings capacity; identification of assets and barriers related to employability and vocational rehabilitation; and the individual's level of interest in participating in job search activities or other vocational efforts.

Our Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors all have graduate degrees in rehabilitation or closely related fields and are nationally certified. If active vocational rehabilitation services are requested, a vocational rehabilitation plan is developed with the client, identifying a specific vocational objective and the vocational activities and services required to qualify for employment in the chosen vocational area. The goal is to assist the client in returning to gainful employment as soon as practical, in a manner that is cost-effective to the referring party, and at an earnings level as near as possible to pre-injury wages. Through vocational exploration, various options will be addressed, including:

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Return to previous type of employment with modifications.

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Direct job development and placement utilizing the client's transferable skills

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Short-term training/coursework to upgrade existing skills, followed by job placement.

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On-the-job training with a new employer, leading to direct employment.

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Acquisition of new skills through (short-term) formal schooling or technical training, followed by job placement.

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Self-employment, if this option is considered acceptable by the referring party.

The client is counseled and monitored during participation in an approved program. If necessary, resolutions to personal problems that could interfere with successful completion of the plan are addressed and solutions to academic difficulties are developed.

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JOB PLACEMENT

Our Job Placement Specialists have direct familiarity with local labor markets and have established working relationships with local employers. They work closely with the clients when they are ready for job placement, either as a primary service or following a training program. An established occupational goal compatible with the client's educational level, aptitudes, interests, physical capacities and limitations, and wage goals is/are targeted. The Specialist will make contacts to employers on behalf of the client to identify current job leads, as well as closely monitor and support the client s job search efforts. Job-seeking skills instruction is provided, if needed, to maximize the client's effectiveness in securing employment. If follow-up services are requested after successful placement, contact with the client and new employer will be made at requested intervals to determine the status and stability of employment.

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JOB COACHING 

RSG job coaches are experienced in working with employers to learn all aspects of a job and train individuals to perform the job properly. Work behaviors are monitored for appropriateness by the job coaches, and adjustments are suggested as needed.

VOCATIONAL EXPLORATION

Our Counselors review all referral materials and meet with the client, assess their skills and abilities, and develop an individualized instructional plan reflecting the client's abilities and desires. This plan contains clear, measurable objectives with specific time frames for achieving these objectives.

RSG can also provide training and instruction in the following areas:

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Stress management/conflict resolution

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World of work orientation

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Meaning, value and demands of work

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Work ethics

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Appropriate behavior and work etiquette

RSG also provides basic preparation skills to assist the client, as needed, including resume preparation; job application completion; cover letter and correspondence; interviewing techniques; appropriate work behavior; and record keeping.

RSG can also contact potential employers to set up appropriate on-site exploration activities. These activities might include:

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Informational interviews

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Job site tours

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Job shadowing assignments

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Paid/unpaid internship periods

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LABOR MARKET RESEARCH

This service includes a survey of the current labor market and the RSG computerized Occupational Database. Geographic area and appropriate job title(s) are established. Appropriate employers are identified and contacted and information is obtained regarding job availability; educational and experience requirements; wage information; and physical demands of the job. Documented labor market information may be used to predict the anticipated employability of a client prior to entry into a training plan or to establish a client's earning capacity in the targeted geographic area, utilizing transferable skills.

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JOB ANALYSIS

A Job Analysis can be performed in order to determine a position's actual educational, experiential and physical requirements. The client's original job or a representative position of a specific job type may be analyzed. Often the contact with the employer can be completed by phone, but, if needed, an on-site visit can be performed.

Job Analysis information is most often useful for presenting a realistic picture to a physician of job requirements in order to receive a medical opinion of the position's physical suitability for the client. This can establish the client's ability to return to original employment, to participate in a training program, to identify needed job accommodations, or to serve as the foundation of a labor market research and hypothetical determination of the client's earning capacity.

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