Diversified Rehabilitation Group is recognized for delivering goal oriented, client centered, and cost effective vocational rehabilitation services. Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants assist individuals that have been ill or injured and are not able to return to their pre-disability occupation due to physical and / or cognitive limitations, and require support to transition to a different career or job field.
The return to work process includes four important stages: Assessment, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. The stages consider the client’s interest, vocational aptitudes, transferable skills, education, work experience and limitations and abilities for return to work.
The primary goal of Vocational Rehabilitation is to enable people to return to suitable, accessible and sustainable employment.
There are 5 phases of Vocational Rehabilitation:
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to utilize suitable vocational objectives based on an analysis of information pertaining to an individual’s medical limitations, physical and cognitive abilities, transferable skills, education, and areas of interest.
Diversified Rehabilitation Group offers the following Vocational Rehabilitation Services:
Initial Vocational Assessment
Initial Vocational Assessment (IVA) is a fundamental step in vocational rehabilitation. The essential steps in an IVA are: meeting with the injured or disabled individual, his / her care providers, and the employer. The IVA allows the vocational rehabilitation consultant to assess the disabled worker’s return to work within their potential and limitations as well as provides information for required medical treatment and return to work accommodation. The IVA establishes objectives for rehabilitation and RTW plans.
Individualized Rehabilitation Plan
Based on the medical recommendations for return to work our Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant (VRC) develops a written Individualized Rehabilitation Plan outlining treatment plan, time lines, and required support. The VRC works closely with the disabled worker, medical professionals, the pre-disability employer, the insurance company, and / or the union in preparing the employee for return to work.
Return to Work (RTW) Plan
Once a disabled worker regains medical stability, a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant designs a RTW plan outlining return to work duties, schedule, and the required support. Once the plan is approved by a treating medical professional, the VRC works closely with the employee and the employer in helping the employee to return to productive employment. The RTW plan is one of the most important steps in the return to work process.
Vocational Counselling offers support to disabled workers in identifying appropriate return to work goals and outlines recommendations for successful return to work with either the pre-disability or alternative employer. This is accomplished by developing a close working relationship with the disabled worker, employer, care providers, and all other stakeholders involved in RTW planning.
Labour Market Research
A comprehensive labour market research (LMR) report provides a region specific labour market analysis for specific occupations that are being considered by an individual as potential career goals. The LMR includes earning potential, required education / work skills, and employment outlook. The LMR helps to calculate earning potential or loss and additionally helps an individual to make an educated decision about their future career.
Determining a client’s return to work potential can be established in a number of different ways, with the most common tools being: Transferable Skills Analysis (TSA), Employability Assessment (EA), Comprehensive Employability Assessment (CEA), and a Psycho-Vocational Employability Assessment (Psycho-Voc EA).
When the client possesses many transferable skills, clear return to work limitations, and restrictions, a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant should use a Transferable Skills Analysis or Employability Assessment to assist the client selecting an occupational goal.
If the client does not have immediate suitable employment options available to them, due to their limited education, or significant medical restrictions or limitations, the Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant should utilize a Comprehensive Employability Assessment (CEA).
A Psycho-Vocational Employability Assessment should be requested when the client requires significant skill upgrading. This assessment is conducted by a Registered Psychologist and a certified Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant.
The Psycho-Voc EA:
Job Search Services
Job Search Services are used by employers and insurance companies who are in a position to offer these services to their employees or clients. When employees are not able to return to their pre-disability employment we offer job search assistance in the form of resume preparation, job interview skills, job search skills and active job search. This equips individuals to independently search for paid employment.
The services are offered on an individual basis or in a group setting. This assistance includes identifying and negotiating paid employment opportunities, job coaching and support to a client and / or the employer. Job placement services also provide written recommendations for short-term skills upgrading and / or outlines individuals’ limitations to paid employment.
Work Assessments / Work Experience
The work assessment offers an individual an opportunity to learn the job duties in a non intrusive manner. A vocational rehabilitation consultant works together with the employer and the client trying to assist the client in determining their vocational strengths and weaknesses. The work assessment also helps the vocational consultant in the development of a vocational rehabilitation plan for a return to work.