Job Readiness: Beyond The Traditional Case Experience (NA1852)

Author(s): Brandy M Fowler

Pre-Approved for: VRA-Canada

Credit Hours: 8

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

In this course, we will present a detailed plan for a Vocational Counselor assisting in the job search process with clients that have more severe disabilities and require additional assistance with Job Readiness training. First, we will discuss how to help a VR client choose the right jobs to apply for, and give a brief synopsis of skills from the first Employment Skills lecture. Next, we will summarize the important factors for VR clients to consider before applying for jobs and disclosure of disability to potential employers-also from the first Employment skills lecture. This overview is important, because we will point out the differences between a “traditional” case progression and one that does not follow the expected timeline in the VR process. We will look at some common intellectual, emotional, psychological, and psychosocial disabilities that cause limitations in the Job Readiness process and workplace. Finally, we will develop a strategy for helping these clientele progress through the Job Readiness process by focusing on the three most important aspects of searching for employment: application, resume, and interview. Case study examples will present real world situations with an example plan to help the VR client move through the VR process successfully. Finally, the areas of customized employment and job carving will be presented.

Course Objectives

  1. Explain job readiness and employment skills in relation to clients with more severe intellectual, emotional, psychological, and psychosocial disabilities. Discuss the differences in the VR process with these clientele.

  2. Summarize and discuss the seven basic skill sets and work-related, transferrable, and personal skills.

  3. Summarize the preparation needed to be ready to begin searching for a job, choosing a field, and disclosing disability to potential employers. Point out the major differences in the "traditional" and more complex "Job Readiness" process.

  4. Discuss common intellectual, emotional, psychological, and psychosocial disabilities and their limitations in job searching and obtaining employment. Discuss ways to deal with these limitations.

  5. Give specific examples of ways to assist the VR client in successfully completing employment applications, creating a resume, and interviewing with potential employers.

  6. Discuss case study examples and creating a strategy for helping these clientele reach their employment goals.

  7. Compare and contrast customized employment and job carving for the severely disabled.

Course Outline

  1. VR process with clients with more severe disabilities

  2. Types of Skills-show relation to more severe limitations:
    a. The 7 Basic Skill sets
    b. Transferrable Skills
    c. Work-Related Skills
    d. Personal Skills

  3. Choosing a field, preparing to search for a job, and disability disclosure:
    a. Traditional VR process
    b. Non-traditional client = non-traditional process

  4. Common severe disabilities and their limitations in job readiness:
    a. Intellectual Disabilities
    b. Emotional Disabilities
    c. Psychological Disabilities
    d. Psychosocial Disabilities

  5. How to assist with the 3 most important job search documents for these clientele:
    a. Application
    b. Resume
    c. Interviews

  6. Case Studies:
    a. Identify issues
    b. Plan, plan, plan

  7. Customized employment and job carving for the severely disabled.

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