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Vocational Rehabilitation Plans

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Our skilled Vocational Rehabilitation consultants work in collaboration with the individual, employer, insurer, and healthcare practitioners to develop a vocational rehabilitation plan, including appropriate vocational goals and suitable steps and timeframes to achieve these goals.

Job Search Services

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Our skilled Vocational Rehabilitation consultants assist with resume preparation, cover letter development, and other professional correspondence relevant to securing employment.

Our skilled Vocational Rehabilitation consultants ensure that clients are prepared for interviews with a variety of strategies including mock interviews, and videotaped interviews.

Our skilled Vocational Rehabilitation provide clients with job search techniques including internet-based skills, knowledge of the hidden job market, networking strategies, and other more traditional job search tools.

Labour Market Research (LMR) provides information on an individual’s earning capacity based on the alternative positions identified in a TSA. It supplies both historical and projected information on wage scales and job vacancies and availability, as well as on necessary qualifications and physical demands performed in the alternative positions identified. During this process, we are in contact with an expansive list of employers, many of whom we have recruited to provide our clients with valuable work experience and job-shadowing.

Where an individual has been deemed unable to return to their own occupation or in the case of a change of definition of disability, our experienced employment specialists use information gathered from Vocational Assessments, Transferable Skills Analyses, and Labour Market Research to counsel the individual with the aim of identifying appropriate vocational options and career directions.

Where an individual is unable to return to previous employment, our skilled employment specialists assist the individual in accessing the hidden job market. Our expansive network of employers offer clients valuable work experience and job shadowing opportunities, which develop relevant skills and may lead to opportunities for full-time employment.

Vocational Activation

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This program is an intensive, medically-led four-week program to prepare a maximum of 8 participants to engage fully in a return to work process upon completion. The interdisciplinary program combines graduated physical reconditioning and work hardening with cognitive-behavioural interventions and community integration activities to strengthen physical, vocational, psychological and social capacities. It includes an initial interdisciplinary assessment to establish quantitative and qualitative baseline measures as well as interdisciplinary coordination and medical supervision throughout.

This intensive and individualized program uses CBT techniques to prepare the client for success in a graduated return-to-work process. This includes cognitive and affective screens and an assessment interview to provide quantitative and qualitative baseline data. CBT techniques are selected and implemented on the basis of the assessment and will often focus on such barriers to return to work as improper nutrition, poor sleep hygiene, difficulties with pain management, lack of routine, and affective difficulties. Techniques include activity-monitoring, cognitive restructuring/reframing, graded work-focused exposures, and behavioural activation supplemented by progressive muscle relaxation. A return-to-work focus is integrated into standard CBT techniques to optimize return-to-work outcomes. Homework to stimulate cognition is assigned, physical reconditioning is provided where appropriate, and work simulation is often used in providing graded exposures to work scenarios. The program is carried out over 8 to 12 weeks, with 1-3 sessions per week.

This intensive 10-week telephonic activation program is a structured, skill-based program designed for remote clients who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, low mood, and other common forms of mental illness. This program employs CBT techniques and work-focused CBT exercises to assist individuals in improving mood and remove barriers to staying at work or returning to work.

Vocational Assessments

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A Vocational Assessment is carried out by our skilled Vocational Rehabilitation consultants to thoroughly evaluate an individual’s employment aptitudes, skills, experience, and interests. The assessment lays the foundation for a rehabilitation plan, which sets forth suitable employment goals and makes concrete recommendations with the aim of returning the individual to a level of functioning commensurate with their pre-disability status.

A One Point Assessment involves a client interview only. A Two Point Assessment involves a client interview and an interview with the primary health care provider.

A Three Point Assessment involves a client interview, followed by an interview with the primary health care provider and employer.

Our Vocational Rehabilitation consultants administer an individualized selection of tests to comprehensively assess work characteristics, including occupational interests, work-related functions and aptitudes, temperament, traits, and values, and academic or other achievement levels. This evaluation is designed to determine appropriate vocational options.

Where an individual is deemed unable to return to their pre-disability occupation, a Transferable Skills Analysis (TSA) is carried out to assess an individual’s existing skill set, functional abilities, education, and experience and to match these to various positions requiring a similar set of skills, abilities, education, and experience.

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