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Eatontown, NJ 07724
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Vocational Evaluation

IMG 0185021512       The purpose of diagnostic evaluation is to assess the vocational potential and interests of the individual in order to assist them in establishing a realistic vocational goal and to determine the supports necessary for successful integrated community employment.

 

Criteria for Admission:

       The individual must understand the reason for attending CVR and be motivated to attend. The individual must be able to attend to personal hygiene needs, must be free of unauthorized drug and alcohol use and be able to self-medicate. The individual must be at least 16 years old and be sponsored by a state or local agency. The individual must have a Social Security number and, if under 18, must have working papers.

 

Elements of the Program

A. INTAKE

1. The Intake Interview is to include:

• Filling out the application

• Signing release forms for obtaining records

• A tour of the facility

• An explanation of the programs and services offered by CVR

2. The intake worker records:

• General impressions and observations

• The need for additional evaluation and/or information

3. Psychiatric evaluations and family conferences are scheduled as indicated.

B. DAY ONE

1. The primary counselor and trainee will review the CVR Program Participant Manual, making sure all questions are answered and all rules and regulations are understood.

2. An Individual Vocational Evalution Plan will be developed with the participant based upon the individual's history, expressed interests and impressions from the Intake, the referral questions and any additional questions the participant may have. The plan is prepared as on outline of the goals and objectives of the diagnostic evaluation services to be provided and is to answer the referral questions proposed by he participant and the funder.

C. The evaluation program

1. Contact:

• During he first few weeks of program all trainees will be exposed to testing: APTICOM to identify vocational interests and aptitudes as well as educational skill levels.

   The following tests will be used in conjunction with APTICOM as needed:

Career Scope

Vocational Learning Styles Inventory

Becker Work Adjustment Profile

2. Additional Services

• Psychological evaluation and/or psychiatric evaluation and medication

review if indicated

• Other services as determined by individual need

3. Production Center Evaluation (situational assessment)

• Each participant is assigned to the production center in order to observe and assess basic work skills and habits.

Work assignments may include:

• Simple assembly

• Collating

• Packaging

• Line supply

• Machine operation

• Quality control

• Work habits to be observed include:

• Attendance

• Ability to get along with co-workers

• Ability to understand and follow directions

• Attention to task

• Ability to accept supervision

• Use of break time

4. Situational Assessments:

• Each participant will be afforded a Situational Assessment if indicated by their

expressed vocational goal/strengths, abilities and needs in areas such as:

• Maintenance

• Shipping and receiving

5. Vocational Group: Each trainee will attend a weekly group to prepare for community work

Topics will include:

• Acceptable work behaviors

• Proper grooming and dress for work

• Job seeking skills

• Payroll deductions, benefits, taxes, etc.

• Social and transportation skills

• Other topics deemed necessary for successful transfer to work

6. Feedback:

• From Production Supervisor a written report/check off sheet

• Input from all staff at Case Staffing

• Vocational Evaluation Report

D. COUNSELING DURING EVALUATION

1. Each participant will receive counseling (individual and group) to address

problems identified at Intake or as they surface during the Evaluation

2. Topics include:

• Establishing a realistic vocational goal based on interests and aptitudes

• Discussion of test results

• Investigation of personal feelings regarding entry into vocational settings

• Rehabilitation facility and integrated employment in the community

• The importance of exerting maximum effort, developing good work habits and appropriate work behaviors

• The importance of and reasons for utilizing time cards and work sheets

• Exploration of feelings regarding various disabilities (physical, emotional and intellectual) with an emphasis on accepting co-workers and oneself

• Review of the CVR Participant Manual, and the rules and regulations, with an emphasis on attendance, punctuality, work roles, etc.

• Determine needs for assisted technology and/or reasonable accommodations in the work place

• Determine community and employment supports needed (work and non work needs)

• Payroll structure with an explanation of how payroll is computed by bookkeeping and piece rate wages

E. TIME FRAMES

1. The time required to achieve evaluation goals will vary with each individual, it may be 50 days or less as allocated by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

F. STAFFINGS

1. The purpose of the staffing is to review the progress made by the participant during the evaluation period

2. Attending the staffing is the trainee, the counseling staff, a representative from production the DVR Counselor, parents, guardians and/or other interested parties

3. Observations, test results, production rates and other pertinent information are discussed and a recommendation is made for the next phase of service

G. EVALUATION REPORT

1. The Evaluator will prepare a report at the end of the Evaluation period assessing

the individual's current status. The report is shared with the participant and should contain:

• Results of testing and assessment of the individual's progress during the evaluation

• Discussion of needed supports and a plan to implement them

• A recommendation as to whether the individual should:

• Proceed to Job Coaching or Supported Employment

• Proceed to Work Adjustment Training

• Obtain special skills training (OJT, Trade School, college, etc.)

• A referral to CVR's Partial Care program

• A referral to another agency with recommendations for specific remediation

 

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