Southwest Vocational Rehabilitation Services, LLC offers a suite of services designed to improve the rehabilitation outcome for individuals served.
Please contact Dr. Graham regarding more detailed descriptions of the assessment domains, techniques used, information sources, and the intended outcome for the following services.
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Functional Vocational Evaluation
A Functional Vocational Evaluation (FVE) is the process of collecting data on an individual’s strengths, needs, preferences and interests as they relate to the demands of current and future working and educational environments. Assessment data serves as a common thread in the development of employment options and forms the basis for defining specific goals, services and accommodations to be included in vocational planning for the individual. An FVE provides valuable information on training, education, employment and work adjustment skills, as well as a comprehensive vocational profile of the individual.
Independent Living Skills Assessment
An Independent Living Skills Assessment (ILSA) is the process of collecting data on individual strengths, needs and preferences as they relate to future living and personal/social environments. Data on an individual’s independent living skills serves as the foundation for future residential planning and for defining goals to be monitored and services to be implemented. An ILSA is always age appropriate, realistic and meaningful, and provides a comprehensive transition to independence profile of the individual.
Service Coordination/Case Management
Service Coordination is regular case management on steroids. Service Coordination enhances the case management process by mobilizing resources to meet unique individual needs. It is always person-centered, unconditional, community based and culturally competent. It promotes wrap around services and a system of care. Service Coordination is provided in the least restrictive, most appropriate and most realistic environment available. It ensures that multiple services are delivered in a systematic manner and that services are adapted to the changing needs of the recipient. Service Coordination facilitates the achievement of personal wellness and autonomy through advocacy, assessment, planning, communication, education, resource management and service facilitation.
Job Seeker's Workshop
The Job Seeker’s Workshop (JSW) is an individual or group approach to preparing that individual or group for job readiness. The standardized curriculum takes the individual or group through specific phases of pre-employment readiness. Each participant will develop an effective and presentable resume, complete an accurate job application, and research different employers and jobs. In addition, each individual will participate in a mock interview and receive specific instruction in job retention skills.
Job Analysis (JA) is a systematic process used to identify the tasks, duties, responsibilities, requisite knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions associated with a job. It is the analysis of a collection of tasks constituting the total work assignment of a single worker of a group of workers with identical, or sufficiently similar, tasks. JA information is gathered by direct observation of people currently in the job, interviews with experienced supervisors and job incumbents, questionnaires, personnel and equipment records, and work manuals.
Transferable Skills Analysis
Transferable skills are skills, knowledge and abilities (SKAs) that are common between two or more jobs. People acquire skills by performing work and these skills may transfer to other jobs. Transferable Skills Analysis (TSA) is the practices where a rehabilitation professional identifies similar, related or new jobs that are compatible with previously acquired SKAs and fall within the post-injury functioning ability of the individual. Assessing transferable skills is a method of identifying what occupations an individual can participate in and be successful in. The outcome is a quicker job placement and a return to self-sufficiency.
Earning Capacity Analysis and Economic Loss Determination
Whenever personal injury results in impairment, economic damages occur and the measurable economic damages are in the form of a reduction in earning capacity for the work life of the individual. This requires a coherent, reality based assessment of the individual and how the impairment will impact vocational activity. Earning Capacity Analysis and Economic Loss Determination is the evaluation of the impact of disability on an individual’s capacity to work and collect wages. It is the systematic, evidenced based, professional analysis of both pre- and post-injury capacity to work and earn money. It is individualized and person centered. The impact of reduced physical ability on the capacity to work and earn wages is examined in relation to the individual’s pre-injury work and wage history.
School Transition Assessment and Planning
Individualized, student-centered, transition planning and personal future planning is a thorough and comprehensive process for enhancing the IEP to assist the student’s developmental progression into adulthood. A properly constructed transition plan, backed by age appropriate and evidenced based assessments, will address a variety of different goals and objectives for each student and will promote positive post-secondary experiences. It provides the SPED Teacher/Case Manager, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, parents and community agencies with a profile and blueprint for assisting the young person to succeed. The complete transition assessment addresses self-determination, program placement, independence level, vocational preferences and aptitudes, support needs and transition strengths. The Individual Transition Plan identifies goals, objectives, responsibilities, accommodations and interventions. Specific components include a Functional Vocational Evaluation, independent Living Skills Assessment and multi-input supports intensity and transition assessments. A student-centered planning conference is available to facilitate implementation of the transition plan.
An individual experiencing a vocational/career change due to crisis, personal challenge, circumstances or just wanting to find a new path or passion, may need to engage in a period of exploration and self-rediscovery. A timely, efficient and systematic assessment of personal strengths, transferable skills, work personality and worker type, learning style, work values, aptitudes and preferences provide the individual with new clues to his or her vocational skills, knowledge and abilities. A guided, self-directed review and analysis, combined with labor market information and occupational exploration, assists the individual in becoming more vocationally aware and better able to make informed choices about future vocational goals.