The goal of many patients who are going through brain injury rehabilitation is to return to their jobs.
Vocational rehabilitation counseling helps prepare people to re-enter the workplace or explore options for alternative careers if they are unable to return to previous employment. VRCs (vocational rehabilitation counselors) help patients manage many aspects of working after an injury, from handling cognitive challenges and job modifications to vocational assessment and career exploration.
Vocational rehabilitation counselors at Pate are part coach, part counselor, part diagnostician. VRCs assess the patients’ strengths and listen to their career goals. They help people review their job options after the injury to see if they still “fit.”
If they don’t, vocational counselors can help identify new career paths or educational opportunities. If a full return to work isn’t possible after the injury, our counselors can work with these patients to explore other meaningful ways to use their talents, like volunteering.
After a brain injury, some patients may have disabilities that can make their former job tasks more difficult. They may have memory deficits, need physical assistance or help coping with cognitive processing and emotional changes. VRCs specialize in fitting the patient’s existing strengths into the job description and coming up with modifications – different ways to accomplish the same things – if needed.
After an injury, it’s not unusual for people to find their priorities have changed. They may want to spend more time with family, return to school or choose a new career path. Vocational rehabilitation counselors are there to support the patient’s new goals, whatever they are, and to make a new start in life.
Vocational rehabilitation counseling can include:
- Job site evaluations
- Job task review and practice
- Work readiness assessment
- Acting as liaison with the patient’s workplace
- Job counseling
- Testing for vocational interests, work values, and skills
- Developing career and life goals
- Assistive technology or devices as modifications in the workplace
- Employment services
- Re-education advice and planning
- Referrals to other resources
- Interview coaching