VR & VE Core Competencies/Domains of Learning

The knowledge base of the Vocational Rehabilitation profession is divided into domains which reflect major areas of knowledge. These domains were constructed by examining the field and other similar professional designations.

 

Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Management Core Competencies/Domains of Learning

1- Vocational Rehabilitation Theory and Practice

Foundational History of Profession

Models of Vocational Rehabilitation

Value of Vocational Rehabilitation

Legal Foundation, Expert Witness

 

2- Aspects of Disabilities

Range of disabilities and Implications

Work related injuries/illness, Non-work related injuries/illnesses, Congenital disabilities, Physical disabilities, Psychological disabilities

Preventative Approaches, Trends in disabilities, Rise of psychological disabilities

 

3- Vocational Interviewing and Counselling

Techniques and implications of vocational interviewing

What is important, How is trust built, What should be documented, How to elicit information

Understanding of vocational counselling techniques, End-goals, Client needs/goals, Working with difficult clients, Moving client forward, Cross-cultural/gender implications, Development of return to work plan

 

4- Role of Assessment and Assessment Procedures in Vocational Rehabilitation

Assessments of clients and uses and implications

Types of assessment used, aptitude, interest, achievement, What various assessment tests are

How to understand an assessment, Defining questions to be asked of assessor

Transferable skills analysis, Using software programs for testing, Statistics, Standard deviation, Mean, Median, Mode

 

5- Diversity and the Vocational Rehabilitation Professional

Understanding diversity of clients, Various diverse groups

Implications for the VR process

Understand how to identify own biases, Working with diverse groups, Using community/family resources, Implications of diversity on return to work

 

6- Job Development and Placement

Understanding limitations/restrictions, Job demands, Hidden job market

Resume construction, Interview skills, Locating job placements, Job club, Job coaching, Co-worker model, Monitoring, Job development

 

7- Case Management and Disability Management

Case management and disability management

Working with the medical community, insurance carriers, including compensation system, community resources, referrals, the rehabilitation process, rehabilitation professionals

Disability Management early intervention, working with management/labour groups, job accommodation, modification, work related restrictions/limitations, graduated return to work

 

8- Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice

Ethical foundation, including Standards of Practice

Avoiding misconduct through jurisprudence, Determining ethical dilemmas, Understanding conflicting values, Examining possible decisions and short/long term implications, Aspirational codes of ethics, Legal responsibilities

Well-being, Burn out, Relaxation, Healthy life-style

 

9- Communication and Record Keeping

Keeping accurate records, What should/should not be documented, Communication with other professionals

File and document security, Speaking to a group, Use of computer programs, Adult learning, Release of information

 

Core Competencies/Domains of Professional Development

Professional Development activities contribute to the body of VR knowledge and contribute to the development and maintenance of standards of practice which are utilized by VR professionals. These activities are encompassed within the following categories:

 

10- Supervision of Provisional Registrant/VR Student

Active/Fulfilling CVRP Mentorship Agreement

 

11- Volunteer Credits/Other Volunteer Credits

Serving as a Board or Committee Member

Volunteering of a VR Organization

 

12- Development/Presentation of VR Education/Publications

Development of VR presentation for seminar/conference, In-service education/training

Authoring published peer reviewed article, Book Chapter and/or Book, Developing curriculum for VR course

Editorial reviewing of VR and/or rehabilitation counselling publication

Developing Federal/Provincial/State Legislation/Regulations

 

13- Other Professional Development

Researching in VR and/or career/counselling/placement

Employment and Computer Training

 

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Vocational Evaluation Core Competencies/Domains of Learning

 

1- Foundation of Vocational Evaluation

History of Rehabilitation and treatment of disability

Levels and Stages of Assessment

The role and scope of Vocational Evaluation, Specific types of assessments by collaborating Professionals

 

2- Principles of Vocational Evaluation

Orientation to Vocational Evaluation, setting the stage to ensure best results

Worksite Evaluation, Critical Behavioral Observation

Community-Based Vocational Assessment (CBVA), The Congruence Dimension

Career Development Language and Theories

 

3- Test/Tool Selection in Vocational Evaluation and Assessment

Orientation to Testing and Measurement

Use of Standardized Measurements

Types of Tests and Selection, Accommodation in Testing, Disabilities and Testing

Interpretation, Scoring, Reporting

 

4- Transferable Skill Analysis and Employability Skills

Function and Applications of the TSA

Occupation Analysis, Methodologies, Understanding Variables

Preparation and Strategies, Tools and Software Programs

 

5- Occupational Information

General Overview of Employment, Labour Market Research

Trends in Employment, Types of Jobs, Skills, Standards

Career Exploration, Classification, Occupational Resources

Policies and Benefit Options, Job Placement, Accommodations/Modifications

Types of Accommodations and Modifications, Techniques in Facilitation

 

6- Ethics

CVRP Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

Ethical Reporting, Ethical Decision Making

Informed Consent and Release of Data

 

7- Disability

Types of Disabilities

Medical Aspects, Functional, Psychological, Pharmacology

Episodic Disabilities

Rights and Policies Regarding Disabilities, Impact of Disabilities Within the Workplace

Resources, Programs, Devices, Exceptionalities

 

8- Communication

Case Management

Interviewing, Counselling, Mediation

Report Development, Presentation of Findings

Developing and Communicating Plans

 

Core Competencies/Domains of Professional Development

Professional Development activities contribute to the body of VE knowledge and contribute to the development and maintenance of standards of practice which are utilized by VE professionals. These activities are encompassed within the following categories:

 

9- Supervision of Provisional Registrant/VE Student

Active/Fulfilling Mentorship Agreement

 

10- Volunteer Credits/Other Volunteer Credits

Serving as a Board or Committee Member

Volunteering of a VE Organization

 

11- Development/Presentation of VE Education/Publications

Development of VE presentation for seminar/conference, In-service education/training

Authoring published peer reviewed article, Book Chapter and/or Book, Developing curriculum for VE course

Editorial reviewing of VE and/or rehabilitation counselling publication

Developing Federal/Provincial/State Legislation/Regulations

 

12- Other Professional Development

Researching in VE and/or career/counselling/placement

Employment and Computer Training

 

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