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Top 30 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Interview Questions

For twelve months, you are unable to find a client a job, how do you stay focused and think of new ideas to get this person working?
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Question 2 of 30
If a client is unmotivated to find work, how do you react?
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"Not off of my clients are on board with finding employment, and that's ok. When these clients are ready, they contact me so we can work together. In the meantime, ​I center my efforts on the individuals that are ready to find work."
"I can't force anyone to get a job because then it would be my goal and not theirs. I would provide the tools and provide the support but would have to sit back and allow them to tell me when they are ready."
You've heard the phrase 'you can lead a horse to water but you can not make him drink.' This phrase rings true to you as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. If you've worked with a client like this go ahead and talk about it. Be sure to stay upbeat and explain how you helped the client find their motivation. You may have been upset and discouraged yourself at the time that your client didn't want to find work, if that was the case don't show your anger during the interview.
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Question 3 of 30
What area of VR work do you find challenging? How do you try and improve upon those challenges?
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"One area I find challenging as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor is working with clients that are not interested in finding work. In the past, ​I've found that I just have to work with these clients a bit longer than others. Pushing these individuals before they are ready to get out into the working world only makes them regress more. I've learned to be more patient and empathetic working with these types of clients."
"Working with individuals with criminal backgrounds has been challenging for me in the past. After spending time with these clients I get to know them as a person. I can see past the history but it is hard for employers to see the promise in them that I see."
Challenges can also be viewed as weaknesses. When answering this question it will be important that you relay to the interviewer what you learned from these challenges. Have you found that particular types of clients in the past have been challenging for you? Maybe managing the large workload you had at your last position was challenging.
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Question 4 of 30
How do you check if a work placement was a success?
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"I keep files on each of my clients tracking them from initial intake to months after successful placement."
"Not only do I check in with the employer but I like to check in with the client. Assuring that the client is happy and feels they are contributing to the company tells me that we found a good match."
As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, your constant communication and interaction with both clients and employers will set you apart from the rest. Tell the interviewer how you follow up, how often and how you track your results.
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Question 5 of 30
Are people naturally at ease with you?
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What do you feel is the most important skill a vocational rehabilitation counselor should possess?
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How do you assess a client's abilities and work-readiness?
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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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What is your experience with our local demographic?
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Question 10 of 30
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
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Question 11 of 30
What is the most difficult situation you have had to face as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, and how did you tackle it?
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Question 12 of 30
What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years?
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Question 13 of 30
What do you know about our organization?
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Question 14 of 30
Tell me about a successful case you were involved in.
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Question 15 of 30
Have you ever assisted a client with interview preparation?
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Question 16 of 30
Are you experienced in creating resumes and cover letters?
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Question 17 of 30
Do you like to work in teams or are you an individual achiever?
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Question 18 of 30
How do you manage your time?
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What is the most useful constructive feedback you've received?
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What would your co-workers say about you work performance?
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Question 21 of 30
While working with a client, have you ever had to involve their family, doctor and other health care professionals?
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Question 22 of 30
As a vocational rehabilitation counselor your range of clients will be from people coping with physical disabilities, injuries, mental illness and substance abuse problems. Are there any types of clients you have difficulty working with?
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Question 23 of 30
As a vocational rehabilitation counselor, how do you empower and motivate your clients?
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Question 24 of 30
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 25 of 30
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor?
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Question 26 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 27 of 30
How do you handle stressful situations?
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What are your qualifications in regard to this job?
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Why should we hire you?
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Question 1 of 30
For twelve months, you are unable to find a client a job, how do you stay focused and think of new ideas to get this person working?
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Consult with colleagues for ideas.
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You stay focus by still thinking about the overall goal of what we do is find employment. So if I haven't been able to help this client find a job then I haven't been able to do my job. So keeping focus on the overall job. Ways to come up with new ideas is by using as many resources as possible. Instead of looking at the same positions maybe lets focus on a new job goal. A different path. Lets try jobs that are closely related to what the client wants. Look at jobs besides on what's on the internet I know we get a consumed to using the internet but lets try maybe a paid internship. Or a different even like school to get them more training so they can find the job they want.
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Reinterview for positions.
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I never quit and keep trying new ways to find employment.
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Explore pother options. Education? Volunteering? Other ares of employment to expand on skills?
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Boy, that's a tough one. I think that it's always important to monitor and take inventory of what has been tried and really look at what part of it didn't work... To really dissect it. Through that process you may be able to come up with other ideas and things to try. Conferencing with your co-workers would be a great way to get fresh and new perspectives on a difficult situation. Also, its important to keep a positive outlook for the consumer. Being open and honest about the challenge and really looking at it as a team is the approach that I would take.
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If I'm able to (because of confidentiality) meet with other agencies, look for a fresh prospective, discuss the case with co-workers and my supervisor.
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I would put myself in the person's shoes because to be honest I've been in similar situations where it has taken me a while to find work. The most important thing is to keep a positive and enthusiastic mood, always check back w/ employers, and network! Ask ask ask as many people as possible and always be polite and nice. You never know who you come into contact with who may be your next employer or know someone who is hiring.
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It would be most difficult to explain client behaviors to employers especially. If it costs them money. If it's not something we can help as an organization, I just have to thank them with what I can. And perhaps let the client take a break. Hopefully the employer would be willing to work with our clients in the future. I would make surrender the client is taken care of. And explore education and interests. Volunteer work.
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I would reconstruct the resume, continue with mock interviews, re-canvas the internet, use word of mouth.
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We are dealing with intellectual disability in this case, perhaps a team meeting will bring new perspective to the table. I know will reach out to the community, someone is always there that need a little hand.
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This is a big challenge, something I like to dive into for sure! I would start networking more, getting on group email discussions, talking with the Chamber of Commerce, talking with other VR counselors in other towns to find out what they have done when this happens to them.
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I would think outside the box and revisit some new opportunities and be creative.
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If the client is not finding or securing employment for 12 months, I want to know why. I assist in examining the basics. Is it the way they are filing out the application, the presentation of the resume, their personal presentation, or the way they are interviewing. I also examine what jobs they have been focusing on and assist in redirection into similar fields of interest.
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Try to find new approach and find something that I think fits client's qualifications.
Question 2 of 30
If a client is unmotivated to find work, how do you react?
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Counsel on positives to employment but it is ultimately the client's choice to work and client's are less likely to stay in a job if not motivated to work.
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Find out the reason behind this... Are they afraid to lose their SSI/DI benefits?
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If a client is unmotivated to find work you first react with talking to them about it. Disscussing with the client that this is a team effort and that I as your counsloer am going to do the very best that I can do for you but you also have to want it for yourself. I'm a firm believer that it doesn't matter how much others want something for you if you don't want it its probably not going to happen. Once you have a discussion with the client then we as a counselors continue to do our part we continue to do our part and hopefully that will inspire them to become motivated.
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I find a motivator like a paycheck.
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Use motivational interviewing skills to redirect him.
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Explore why they are unmotivated. Is it mental health? Insecurity of not working so long? Do they still know what they want to do?
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Find what they like to do, and that make them happy.
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I think it's important to get to the bottom of what is effecting the motivation. Sometimes it is economic whereas they are afraid of losing a benefit. Other times its a lack of confidence or a fear of change. These are issues that need to be dealt with individually and sometimes require patience. Ultimately, if a consumer isn't motivated to work, then VR may not be the best program for them as VR is a voluntary program that really involves consumers taking responsibility and accountability for themselves and their actions.
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Use Motivational Interviewing and channel strengths/interests to motivate them.
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Try to find what motivates them. If they are meeting with me something must have motivated them even if they cannot identify what it is. Council them to see what would motivate them and discuss the rewards with them.
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If I was checking on work placement, I would make sure with the employer that everything is good to go and confirm and make sure the consumer or client is 100% hired and ready to start work as quickly as possible. I will ask the employer if there was anything that I or the consumer need to do before the consumer's first day of work. I am sure there will be lots of paperwork and forms involved during the placement and hiring process.
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I have experience with one to one patient care and I really enjoyed helping each of them and understanding their unique needs and goals.
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React by speaking to that person by giving them advise and encourage them to go out and seek employment.
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I react by trying to inspire, and encourage the client. Giving them real life experiences which would be beneficial to redirect their way of thinking.
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Motivation leads to self determination, perhaps a great example of success story within the previous placement may influence client perspective. One thing for sure, I will keep trying.
Question 3 of 30
What area of VR work do you find challenging? How do you try and improve upon those challenges?
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Getting caught up in paperwork that slows the process.
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Finding employers that are committed to hiring the disabled.
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Accurately crediting clients strengths assume varying perspectives.
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When clients goals do not match with their skills and abilities.
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The area that I find to be the most challenging in VR is the area of working with client who aren't motivated by want help. I find that to be a challenge because our whole job is to help people and when you can't do that job it's challenge and you get a little frustrated because you really want to help clients and see them prosper but when they don't have the same motivation as you it make it hard. I think a way to challenge that is by doing the best you can do as a counselor. That means calling and following up as much as you can send progress notes or contact letters. Use all the resources you can to help that client find the most appropriate work and after that continue to be their and when their ready you will be ready and waiting.
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Check in with employee and supervisor.
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Getting individual to understand that people with disability can do the job.
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I find that providing group counseling could be challenging. I could try to improve by gradually increasing group size.
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In my experience, working with individuals with brain injuries are challenging. Depending on functioning, it can be very hard to manage behaviors that may be part of the injury. Unlike physical disabilities, there are many adaptations and technology that can assist in overcoming a barrier. BI are often left with no adaptations that can be made.
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Not working in Voc rehab, I would guess that spreading awareness about VR programs to employers and placing clients there would be the most challenging. I would get involved with chamber meetings, speak with social service providers, community organizations to spread awareness.
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Although I do not have VR experience, one area I can imagine to be difficult would be possibly talking to consumers' families or family members. As a counselor you want to establish good rapport and a good working alliance or relationship w/ the family of the consumer, even if you guys don't necessarily get along well. So to improve upon that I would remain as professional as possible and try to hear their side of the story or point of view.
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Properly the most challenging about VR work is getting employees to hire a person with a disability. To improve in those challenges is to find a company who is welling to hire a person with disabilities.
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I find it challenging when there is not enough hours in the day to complete a task. I try to improve these challenges by prioritizings my duties.
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Loads of task that need to be done according to the job description. My weakness is often trying to be perfectionist, this often leads me behind, I have been working on tasking a little faster.
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Making sure goals are set for person to gain success and independence from. I try to improve upon this by making sure I am checking in with person to make sure goals are being attained, are challenging, but yet fulfilling for person.
Question 4 of 30
How do you check if a work placement was a success?
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I would rely on the report of the client as to their perceptions of their fit in the job and their ability to do the job successfully. I would also rely on the supervisor's perceptions.
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Keep regular contact with client for 90 days.
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Client and employer feedback.
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If productivity was successful.
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Contact both the client and the employer and ask how things are going.
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You can check that by first asking the client before they close is the job something they like do they enjoy working there do they get along with everyone. Also before that you have to check to see if it's a right fit with their impediments. Can they do the taks that are given to them successfully. Our they as independent as possible at their place of employment. If they are given a job coach can they be kinda winged off from that job coach. Have they been able to stabilize and be their successful within 90 days.
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Connect with the client and with the supervisor and also with the employer themselves.
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I would first call and check up with the work placement and speak to who was directly in contact with my client, and then I would call my client and ask them how their first day went.
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I follow up with resident in some form of continued care!
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Speak to client about feelings Speak to employer Schedule time to view employees work Monitor satisfaction.
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Check in with employee and supervisor.
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I would call the individual and check with the employer if things was worked out.
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Follow up with the placement location's supervisor to discuss status of the client.
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Follow up with the client and find out how they're doing.
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I would connect with both my consumer as well as the employer. It's always important to get both perspectives to make sure everyone's needs are being met and they are both satisfied.
Question 5 of 30
Are people naturally at ease with you?
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Definitely I love talking and being around people very social.
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I am most definitely a people person. I look for the strengths in all people I interact with and I encourage them to rely on these strengths.
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Yes, very much so. I don't think I can help everyone but for those looking for help, I will work with them.
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Yes I am people person because people depend on me for mentoring, advising and advocaing.
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In the past five years, I took a class on how to be come a job coach, job placement specialist and director while I was teaching sign language class.
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I would absolutely consider myself a people person. As I said previously, I believe I have a passion in supporting others, I enjoy actively listening and engaging with people. I have worked in various roles which center on customer service and have a demonstrated capability in establishing rapport and accommodating the customers needs.
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I am a people person interns of professionalism, I know how to relate with clients better.
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I'm very much a people person. I'm very extraverted. Interacting with others is one of my favorite things. I enjoy hearing people's stories and also love trying to make people's day with my kindness and compassion.
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I think so. I'd say I'm very personal able and able to empathize with people.
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Yes lol I worked with many partnering agencies, workers, and clients. I also have experience recruiting and with many different organizations. You have to be.
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Yes, I am. I enjoy interacting with others and providing effective customer service.
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Yes, I enjoy meeting new people and finding out more about them.
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Yes. I enjoy people. It is the person themselves who are interesting and everyone is different and unique. I enjoy learning from them. As it assists me in looking at situation in a different perspective.
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Yes, since I was a customer service representative, I have always loved to work with people.
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I am very much a people person, as that is why I would/will enjoy this job. You have to enjoy/like being around people to stay in the Military as long as I did.
Question 6 of 30
What do you feel is the most important skill a vocational rehabilitation counselor should possess?
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Practicing compassion and empathy with each consumer.
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A vocational rehabilitation counselor should have a passion for helping others and the drive to motivate people to help themselves. Should be respectful and empathetic yet firm and with realistic expectations.
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I feel that the most important trait a vocational rehab counselor should possess is passion for their work. The most important skill is organization. That is a skill and can be learned.
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Customer services, respect for other, confidentiallity, respect for privacy, rights, and equal access ; 1. respect for individual dignity, personal responsibility, self-determination, and pursuit of meaningful careers, based on informed choice.
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The most important skill a vocational rehabilitation counselor should possess is compassion for clients and a thorough knowledge of the current job market needs.
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Listenining skills, empathy, caring, interested in the individual, talk about change, and take where person is at.
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The most important skill for VR is the listening skill.
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A willingness to help others succeed and realize their full potential.
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The ability to be able to connect with the population using a behavioral therapy approach.
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Rehabilitation counselors take great satisfaction in the successes of the people they serve. Whether helping a senior citizen to age in place, a wounded veteran to rejoin the workforce or a high school graduate to land a first job, their work has enormous benefits for individuals, families and society.
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The ability to build the therapeutic alliance with the client.
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I feel that it is important to be a good listener, and to be compassionate and empathetic. Organziation is extremelly important, as well as a passion to serve others.
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Good time management, punctuality and good communication skills.
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Communication. Interpersonal skills and patient.
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People skills, Ablility to relate as well as negotiate to an agreement that would satisfy all parties.
Question 7 of 30
How do you assess a client's abilities and work-readiness?
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By maybe testing that client or looking at their work history if they have one.
Question 8 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Greatest weakness would be caring too hard. Meaning I am do more for the client who is very emotional or emotionally detached. I take the steps needed as long as the client is reciprocal in the process.
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My weakness was trying to remember everything in detail by memory, but failed a few times, now I take time to write little notes to make sure that I get every detail messages I stayed of trying to remember everything.
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My greatest weakness is accepting that you cannot help everyone. I am improving this weakness by practicing that it is up to the individual in order to make change and to accept that person at where they are in order to elevate them to do better.
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Excel spreadsheet I have started taking online tutorials to improve.
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I sometimes lack confidence, especially in new situations with new people. I use positive self talk as a strategy to overcome self doubt.
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To caring - working to learn to not care so much.
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I like to work quickly and efficiently to get things done in a timely matter. Sometimes I find myself expecting the same from others. However, I am understanding that people work differently and remind myself it is okay to slow it down.
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Over analyzing a problem. I am improving it by only looking at the facts before me.
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My greatest weakness is analyzing problems to the extreme. I am improving this weakness by becoming less analytical and streamlining problem solving.
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Greatest weakness is trying to take care of everything on my own.. I have learned to let go and let God.
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My weakness that I do not have crc nor lpc. I need to go to college to get crc and lpc.
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My greatest weakness is that I have a tendency to overcommit. In the past I have taken on two part time jobs while studying full time. I understand that taking on too much may impede the quality of work and be of detriment to my mental health. This past year, I have recognized the problem and implemented strategies such as prioritizing and limiting my workload in order to remain focused and motivation.
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I sometimes get emotional and I am trying to work on my emotions, not to cry during counseling sessions in the presences of the clients.
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Can be difficult to let go of responsibility for others working on maintains clear boundaries.
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Well, as it relates to this job, I would say my greatest weakness would be not knowing the current procedures... Software.... Casemanagement system. I would certainly do everything I can to get up to speed as quickly as possible.
Question 9 of 30
What is your experience with our local demographic?
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Over the last seven years I have been assisting military members and their families.
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I have five years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Some is with clients one on one and some is administrative.
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I have not worked with Veterans, however my 8 month internship experience has provided me the opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities who need assists to with integrating into the competitive work force .
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I am deaf myself and have faced my own challenges. This makes it easier to relate to my consumers. Also I have worked with this same population exclusively for the past 6 years.
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I worked with different populations, my experience is with disabilities I autistic, a d mostly behavior problems.
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I have been able to work with this population a few times during my internship. Also during my practicum lot of the kids that I worked with had learning disabilities or autism things like that so I have had experience on the professional side on the personal side I have tow god bothers who have autism and an uncle who has MR. I even did my senior project in high school with an older gentleman who had autism. I was able to help him along with his case work to teach him how to do certain things at home like the laundry, washing dishes, simple cooking. That experience taught me that everyone has the capacity to learn and achieve things they just might have a different way of doing those things. We have to break it down to their way of learning and they can be successful.
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Well I've been working with mental health issues for over 2 years now. A lot of different issues are facing our clients. Don't know what is out there. Hoplessness to learn.
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Going back to my undergraduate degree in vocational rehab I worked at the Voc Rehab Institute at Stout assisting with vocational assessment for VR clients. This was also my first position once I graduated. I conducted assessments and also conducted the Job seeking skills workshops. Next, I was a VR counselor for 11 years. So, I have had experience with many, many types of disabilities. Even during my time in higher education I have worked with individuals with various disabilities. So, I have never gone completely away from working with ind with disa. It's a population that I love to work with, and I get a lot of satisfaction from helping them to gain independence through work.
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Honestly, I use to have more experience but not so much in the job I have now. We refer our clients to Voc rehab and if VR feels they have the ability to benefit from both providers we then start working with them. That's why I'm applying for this job. I enjoy and miss working with this population.
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Cm, Homewood. A lot of trauma. Stabilization. Drug use. Many clients were not ready to get a job yet but some were in recovery. They appreciate the opportunities.
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I have worked in a State prison and worked with people from all walks of life. From substance abuse users, and others with mental disabilities.
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I have been working in CLI for 2years now, I have a little idea about who I am dealing with. Before, I did not know much about the population. Every day is a learning day to me, considering each one of them have different kind behavior.
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I have 20 plus years working with individuals with disabilities or barriers to employment.
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As a retired Military person I can relate to feelings of inadequacy, not understanding how to fit in, understand the stress or disabilities of most military retirees/discharged military personnel.
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I have 11 plus years of experience with case management, assisting individuals who have mental health disabilities and now with my almost 2 years of VR experience I have with physical disabilities.
Question 10 of 30
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
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My first successful job placement was one of the best feelings of my life. I job developed for an individual, was able to arrange a job interview for him, and they hired him on the spot. Since then he has helped their company grow and he his psychological concerns have lessened over time.
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Helping a client through a difficult process and landing the job they really wanted.
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I was pleased to prepare for a new career serving people with disabilities by completing a challenging full time Master of Social Work.
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As the Homeless Services Coordinator for the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, I was responsible for starting the newly, revised Alpha Omega Homeless Services Program. Prior to me joining the agency, the homeless program consisted of a rotating shelter that was hosted by 17 local churches in Mountain View and Los Altos. When I joined the agency, they decided to close the shelters and enhance case management services with the housing-first model as a guide. It was my job to gain local support for the newly revised program. In doing this, I had to hold a public forum in which all residents of Mountain View and Los Altos were welcome to partake in. I discussed the new program and the audience was able to ask questions and express their concerns with the new program. I discussed the benefits of working under the new model and asked for their support. I also attended events such as the Homeless Connect Event and networked with other non-profit and community based organizations in Santa Clara County in order to collaborate with them and gain county support. Although I was only there for one year, I believe the program got off to a good start because of my dedication and drive. It was a challenge in getting the local churches to support the newly revised model as they enjoyed being a part of the old shelter-model but I met with the leaders of the church on a monthly basis. I was able to get them involved in a new project, making basic toiletry kits for our homeless clients. By meeting with them once a month and making them feel like they were still important to the program helped me build rapport and respect with them. Because of their support and the countys support, the caseload for the homeless services program increased and we were able to serve a larger population than before.
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My greatest accomplishment is well time management between by family, job and college and getting my degree.
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A few years ago I was counseling a women who was bi-polar that had been admitted into the locked psychiatric unit and soon transferred to the out patient clinic. She developed a trust in me and asked me to stay behind when she asked the head psychologist if she could visit with him after the group sessions was over. I was able to counsel with her regarding a situation involving self harm. Through CBT therapy and changing medicine dosage levels she is now employed and functioning well in society.
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A few years ago I was counseling a women who was bi-polar that had been admitted into the locked psychiatric unit and soon transferred to the out patient clinic. She developed a trust in me and asked me to stay behind when she asked the head psychologist if she could visit with him after the group sessions was over. I was able to counsel with her regarding a situation involving self harm. Through CBT therapy and changing medicine dosage levels she is now employed and functioning well in society.
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I was able to successfully start a deaf job club in Sunnyvale last year. Prior to this, there was no vendor in my county to serve deaf and hard of hearing consumers. As a result of this over half of the DOR referrals in the last quarter were my consumers and this has led to many successful placements and they would like to work with even more of consumers.
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Working with autistic residents how I improve my rapport with them got them to change their behavior and together we stated growing vegetables I a small Garten we started.
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Completing school and serving the community.
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Teacher assistant of the year -
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Worked my way to obtain a lead position for my profession at my work site.
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Helping others help themselves.
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There was a young mother in our community that most were not treating well. She dropped out of school. I hired her, encouraged her, we found some services for her so that she could continue her education and support her child. In the end she completed her education, raised her child and has a full time job with benefits.
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Finishing my Masters degree.
Question 11 of 30
What is the most difficult situation you have had to face as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, and how did you tackle it?
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Getting a whole community on board with the newly revised Alpha Omega Homeless Services Program. I became active within the community and built rapport.
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Determing the correct evaluation or assessment the client should qualify for with their disability. Diligently pay attention to the behavior of the client to see if their behavior is not perdictible.
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On of the most difficult situations that I have encountered is when a co=worker brought a child into my office with suspect of sexual child abuse. This co-worker was not well versed in proper legal protocol when a child comes to you with this possible situation. I have known this co worker for 22 years. She was somewhat guiding the child to speak to us about what had happened to her. I guided the situation legally and ethically to protect the child from further harm. Make the appropriate reports then the child came back later in the day giving me more information. At this point the situation turned more serious as the proper authorities had not acted on the situation. I made additional phones calls to local CPS to gain action before the child was picked up from school. Local law enforcement was brought in and this person decided to berate me in from of the CPS investigators for not calling him first. I know the law and followed protocol and shared that with him. I believe he was surprised that I took initiative in my actions to protect the child and not call him first. The child is the most important to focus on that the ego of the offcer.
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I was off for extended medical leave and my return discovered a large number of overdue on my caseload. It was very overwhelming for me to tackle such a large task. I was finally able to break it down into different categories in order to determine the most critical needs first. It took a lot of persistence on my part to not give up but in the end I was able to correct all the work that was not done in my absence.
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Job carving, when I have a consumer that can perform part of job and to convince an employer to hire them.
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Overcoming my own obstacles and being able to focus on my own education and career goals. I did this by taking a few years to work before focusing on college full time.
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Abuse - get out and deal with it.
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Finding out that I may not walk again. I faced it and did everything in my power to walk again.
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I was faced with a situation were a person had given up on life and the world. We together found hope, sometimes moment by moment, got over some troublesome hurdles and found success not only in employment but hope for the future.
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Relocating to another state..I moved everything into a storage and headed south with one suit case.. Starting substitute teaching.
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I tried my best to convince a client to stay on the job and explained what will happen. How important to remain on the job.
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The most difficult situation I have had to face is when I wasn't receiving the appropriate guidance for my fourth year thesis and there was a real possibility of me failing. I dealt with this complication by implementing set deadlines for each section of the thesis, prioritizing the sections that required the most work and educating myself on statistical testing. I employed coping mechanisms to deal with the anxiety such as debriefing with my group members and practicing self care.
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A male client tried to intimidate me because I am a woman, but I over came my fear based upon being empowered not to be intimidated by any one. I did not give up the counseling sessions with the client, but rather achieve a successful counseling relationship with he male client.
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It was difficult when my contract wasn't renewed with CVTC. The college went to a new model of academic advising vs. Program counseling and they downsized the counseling staff. Like so many consumers, I had to come face to face with trying to figure out what my next step was going to be. I understand the fear and the uncertainty. I gave thought to what I have done, how my skills would transfer and to what type of positions. And, I just started the job search. After some rejections, I was able to find another position at UWEC however, it was a tough situation at the time. The positive is that it has given me a level of empathy for consumers that I otherwise would not have had.
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When I worked at glenburn, I had to tell a family that their mom was no longer welcome there due to her behaviors- she was harming others. It was horrible and I can't say I necessarily agreed with the situation but I was told to do it from administration so I did. I helped the family get her placed in short term care and coordinated everything on my end. I knew where she was going to end up because there are limited facilities for dementia care. It was not a good place to go.
Question 12 of 30
What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years?
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As a graduate student assistant I took a lot of initiative to learn as much as I possibly could during my one year internship with the Pasadena Office.
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I have took up a master course to study human behaviour.
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I got my natinal certification for pharmacy and got my degree in elementary education.
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Within the last five years I have focused on developing a specific knowledge base in special populations such as those with special needs in education including their vocational needs. Preparing individuals that have unique needs to be successful. I have two very memorial situations. I was working on a project that was analyzing three public buildings that including extensive research of layout and accessibility for those that might need accommodations when utilizing the building. I measured hall ways, door widths, ramp access, signage for several modes of possible communication, and other handicapped accessibility associated with each property. Two of the buildings were medical facilities and one was a public office. I was surprised by my findings as only one facility meet the ADA standards. This one facility housed several different type of medical businesses that I would recommend to the student for possible employment based on my findings.
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I have taken 2 online classes in human resources. I was originally planning to go to the a conference for peppiness for deaf and hard of hearing in post secondary settings but unfortunately I was unable to attend.
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In the past five e years I was still in school but I was reading g counseling books keeping g up with changes in cojnseling.
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I have been a full time student, obtaining 2 degrees. I completed 2 professional internships totaling more than 1000 hours. I applied for my social work license.
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Workshops and staff development.
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I have received many trainings and have worked with at risk youth in a prison.
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I have learned how to function with co-workers better and I have learned to be a better listener.. Learn your policy and you can go far.
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In the past five years, I took a class on how to be come a job coach, job placement specialist and director while I was teaching sign language class.
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Not only have I completed a Bachelor of Psychology, I have also undertaken various self directed courses in order to further my understanding.
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By schooling, training, internships, counseling etc.
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Prior to leaving my job was engaged in educational development.
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Primarily I have taken advantage of opportunities that have been presented to me through my employment. I have attended conferences and workshops. Most recently I attended an optional workshop of Bias on Campus. I learned a lot and was able to bring strategies in to my own appts with students.
Question 13 of 30
What do you know about our organization?
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I know that your organization work for the individuals who have disability, your company review theirdisabilty claims, check with the doctors and establish eligibility for social security disability.
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It is a state and federally supported agency to assist people with disabilities find or maintain employment and independence.
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Scvrd is nonprofit organization that servpeople with multiple types of disabilities . These people are assessed and then through the program they are matched with employers to their fit. They have counselors that go I tote field a d need with merchants and corporations stop open doors for those that are disabled and get them employed to give back to society thus making them j depending dent and giving g them them digninty.
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MRS is a vocational rehabilitation services that assist people disabilities to reach the employment goal.
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I know that you assist TANF recipients in meeting their work related requirements by providing vocational, educational and tangible supports.
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You all help people with various disabilites including those who need assistive technology, hearing aids etc. You help people become more independent with getting jobs etc.
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I know that this organization is one that helps others help themselves. That the ADA guarantees rights to people with disabilities.
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I know that the organization is one of inclusion, dignity, respect with many more core values I embrace in my own personal life. I know that you have the ability to help others find the tools, help and even hope to become successful.
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Not much, but I do know that you are here to aid students and people with disabilities and help to make all self sufficient.
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Your organization helped disabled person on how to be independent.
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I know that Rehabilitation Services is committed to providing support to others. I understand that the company seeks to determine the severity of the injury and the barriers pertaining to that injury that may impede an individuals ability to return to work. All relevant stakeholders are involved in this process in order to formulate an effective and sustainable rehabilitation program.
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I know it helps people with substance use and abuse or alcohol abuse, mental health issues, mothers and families, teen pregnancy, those who have been incarcerated and mandated to the program and the elderly.
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I have reviewed mission statement and job expectations.
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Fed program administered through the DWD. Employment program for IWD.
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I've done a little research on the in. Gov website. I know a lot just from working with Lynn. I understand the purpose, the expected outcomes, some of the process. How to apply, who qualifies, services provided.
Question 14 of 30
Tell me about a successful case you were involved in.
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Most of the times when patients come to the pharmacy they dont have their insurance cards with them, so I call the insurance company and get thier information so that I can process their claim.
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A late deafened consumer came to use for assistance with retraining. She could no longer work her at her old position and had lost her confidence. She was completely overwhelmed at returning to school and failed her classes because even though she had accommodations in the classroom she did not want to identify herself to her teacher or to ask for what she needed. After much trial and error she was doing well in school. It happened that a teacher made a comment in front of the class about her not paying attention. She corrected the teacher who made a second comment regarding the effectiveness of her hearing aids. Normally this client would have just sat through the rest of class. But she spoke up again and following that class filed a complaint regarding how she was treated. While she did go on to get a professional job as a legal secretary, I was most proud that she was able to stand up for herself and assert her needs.
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I was involved with a case with a young later at aurora pavilion where we were behavior techs and this young lady was on drugs had multiple ehaviors we did not give up on her. We could T get her mother involved with her treatment because she was on drugs. But we found a relationship e willing to help . We stayed with this young lady but eventually she got ether and left the clinjc. I seen her one day going g to work I heard so eo e shut out Mr. Hicks I looked it was her she looked great and driving and workjfng. And she had her mom got g to AZ I almost teared up.
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One of my clients suffered from severe mental illness and could not raise her children properly. While working with the Friend of the Court, we were able to develop a plan to keep the children safe while assisting the biological mother with her mental health needs. This was a success because the children were safe with their biological father and the mother participated in outpatient treatment services and was successfully employed.
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I had a consumer that follow instruction. They went the soft skill training applied for new job using cheat sheet. Got hired work 9 months found higher paying job with benefit applied got hired kept counselor informed and is living independently in the community.
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I helped a young man who had a very difficult time learning take his standardized test with individual support at my school internship. He successfully completed the test and it was a big accomplishment for him to meet this goal as he had failed to do so the prior year.
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Working with a student who used a head device to use as a switch.
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I helped a young mother become employed and continue her education.
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When I first entered into this one family home, her daughter was having seizures and developmental skills were delayed.. By the end of the month she had start taking baby to the doctor and getting her son in speech classes. She also get her daughter enrolled early intervention.
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I placed at 5 clients to a job that they loved. one client received a employee of the month. other client became a trainer.
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Counseled a client that had gender issues, with a history of substance abuse, prostitution, stealing and incarceration.
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Wow. There's been several. Our agency considers full time self sufficient employment success. The ones involving single parents or youth with substantial employment barriers. Single dad story.
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When some of the inmates decided to complete and comply to "Thinking for a Change" They admitted that they were being defiant and did not want to cooperate because it was something different.
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Working as caregiver I have accounted many successful case where client feel confident to let you go, because they are able to take care of themselves.
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Mostly problems were resolved by phone that made customers happy. Also, I worked with customers who had large overpayments and I assured them I could help with with monthly payments rather than paying all in lump sum to calm their fears.
Question 15 of 30
Have you ever assisted a client with interview preparation?
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Yes, I often had clients, with anxiety issues, require assistance of interview preparation. The way I assisted these clients was to conduct a mock interview with them and gave constructive feedback, that most importantly, picked out strengths.
Question 16 of 30
Are you experienced in creating resumes and cover letters?
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I have extensive experience in creating resumes and cover letters as evidence by conducting years of Life Skills group sessions (adults, prison transition, transitioning adolescents)
Question 17 of 30
Do you like to work in teams or are you an individual achiever?
Question 18 of 30
How do you manage your time?
Question 19 of 30
What is the most useful constructive feedback you've received?
Question 20 of 30
What would your co-workers say about you work performance?
Question 21 of 30
While working with a client, have you ever had to involve their family, doctor and other health care professionals?
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Yes. While working as a behavioral health therapist/counselor and with Adult Protective Services, I have always involved family and community care professionals to ensure adequate continuity of care.
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Yes that is part of my obgation to make sure they are taken care in every area.
Question 22 of 30
As a vocational rehabilitation counselor your range of clients will be from people coping with physical disabilities, injuries, mental illness and substance abuse problems. Are there any types of clients you have difficulty working with?
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Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to work with the aforementioned clients and have no types of clients that I have difficulty working with. I have, in the past, however had difficulty working with enmeshed/enabling family members.
Question 23 of 30
As a vocational rehabilitation counselor, how do you empower and motivate your clients?
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I would empower and motivate my clients by listening to their story; specifically listening for and asking about, their particular interests, strengths, abilities, and talents. Utilizing the client's personal disclosure, build upon those interests, strengths, abilities and talents to encourage motivation and going forward.
Question 24 of 30
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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If hired for this position, I see myself as being a more experienced and certified rehabilitation counselor. I also plan to obtain my License of Clinical Social Work within the next two years.
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I see myself working as a vocational rehab counselor.
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Still helping people and enrolled in an MSW program.
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I would like to be involved in the administration of rehabilitation, such as working with contracts or behind the scenes such as an analyst position or HR in the RA process.
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Working here and help exceeding the goals of this organizatiion.
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Working at an agency that provides vocational rehabilitation, perhaps in a supervisory role if I have proven myself capable.
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A good place in my employment and better understanding.
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Married, owner of several house gifting christmas basket to children who family can't afford it..
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To become a successful vocational rehabiliation counselor.
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Working as a supervisor in the counseling field.
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Continuing to help this community. Idk what the future holds but I know in some aspect I will be helping clients which makes this community better.
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I do see myself continuing working in the vocational rehabilitation 5 years from now and I can see myself teach newly hired employees.
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I see myself still supporting all the applicants that walk through our doors needing our help.
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In this job serving and helping as many people as possible.
Question 25 of 30
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor?
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In my opinion of course, my greatest strength would be my listening skills. Listening to your clients needs through verbal and non- verbal communication is essential in assessing the clients needs, strengths as well as their limitations.
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My greatest strength is my hardwork, good time management, punctuality and well organization which I believe as a vocational rehabilation councler will help me alot.
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My attitude is my strength. The way I think gives me confidence to complete my task, no matter how hard the task is. And my attitude helps me to give this frank and bold answer.
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Asa cou self my greatest strength is the ability to listen well hear what the client is saying g and asking this is the greatest assets for cohnseling.
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Organized and employer contacts.
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Caring - it would help me be compassionate understanding of various situations people get in.
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I would say my perception of people.. Being able to read in other what they can't say is half the battle.
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I have two college degrees which helped me to success as a vocational rehabilitation counselor.
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Active listening, it helps me to capture the taught and feelings of the clients, this enables me to help them better.
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Organization. By keeping on track, making sure everything is submitted correctly, I am able to assist them to my fullest ability.
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I am optimist, I work hard, and I am people person.
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Greatest strength is customer service because of my experience with SSA
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My greatest strength is communication; being able to communicate with the applicant will open the door to answers I will need to better assist the applicant in getting employed...
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I have a lot of love for people and I think positively.
Question 26 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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I am motivated a dry good listener a team player . I earned my masters at liberty university in school counseling g and my masters in teaching with technology at Ashford university.
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I love working in the community, I have excellent communication skill looking to make a difference with making a inform decisions regarding employment.
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I am a highly motivated, independent person. I want to achieve career success by gaining experience with vocational rehabilitation and perhaps complete more post graduate education in the field.
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I am a energetic person who loves helping others. I love people. I like to do the best I can in all I do.
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I am very easy going.. Knows how to follow instruction, and main objective is doing my job.
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I am educated, moviated and go getter. I liked to challenge many problems.
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I am a humble, respectable, hard worker.
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I am someone who came far from another continent in order to pursuit my dream which is playing basketball in college and earn degree to help people.
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I am people-oriented, friendly, patient, hard-working, getting along well with staff.
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I am a retied US Army Sergeant Major, I served 27+ years and then changed my uniform for a shirt and tie supporting military contracts in preparations for mobilization. I like being around and helping people, but like to feel the appreciation shown when an applicant is taken care of and they know they can take care of themselves and their family.
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I am a positive hard working professional women living everyday to its fullest.
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I attended Jackson state university, received a b s in professional interdiscipnary studies.
Question 27 of 30
How do you handle stressful situations?
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I try to engage in self care that enables me to remain productive. I also make an effort not to take personally any difficult interactions with clients.
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Try to find something to distract me/ find pleasurable activity.
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The first thing I do is smile. This frames my emotions with calm feeling as I begin to prioritize what needs to be done first. I can handle stressful situations very well such as when an angry parent came in for a consult and began yelling in the consultation. I remained calm as my co worker tried to justify the situation. I smiled at her and gently leaned in and acknowledged her feelings without made her feel like she was being heard and understood. I was really concerned with her health as she was 8 months pregnant. With continual positive regard to her thoughts and feelings she calmed down and left the meeting feeling validated with her concerns for her child.
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Usually people cannot see how stressed I am because I try to remain positive. I take deep breaths, depending on the situation I may take a break in my office or leave and take a walk to clear my head. If that is not possible I try to channel my energy into something more constructive.
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I stop re-direct my focus to consumer needs.
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I tend to react very calmly and try to use logic to assess and respond to the situation. I like to think before I act.
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I look at the whole picture of the situation and find possible solutions.
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I have to take a step back and re- enter it with brand new eyes..
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I stopped myself for over doing thinks that I need to learn how to relax.
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By reflecting and analyzing how to be a better worker.
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I seek assistance if overwhelmed but usually can give distance to emotion without being reactive.
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I thrive in a stressful situation. Its when I do my best work. As an example. Registration.
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I don't identify them as stressful until it's over. I just work to finish the task at hand and tell myself I'll stress over it later, which I do. I handle stressful situations well.
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I handle stressful situations very well. I have to be calm and level headed at all times.
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Try to think outside the box. Positive thinking and resilience.
Question 28 of 30
What are your qualifications in regard to this job?
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I have worked with different populations with mental and physical disabilities and understand their special needs they require in society. A lot of society is not very forgiving for this population however most are able to become functioning, happy members of society with our help. I have a Masters in Counseling, Certifications in Special Education, certification Mental Health First Aid, and feel very at ease with these populations. I am not inhibited with anger or social status. We are all people facing life one day at a time.
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I have worked with different populations with mental and physical disabilities and understand their special needs they require in society. A lot of society is not very forgiving for this population however most are able to become functioning, happy members of society with our help. I have a Masters in Counseling, Certifications in Special Education, certification Mental Health First Aid, and feel very at ease with these populations. I am not inhibited with anger or social status. We are all people facing life one day at a time.
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My education, my experience, employer contacts and resources.
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I have a bachelor and master of social work degree and am anticipating my social work license in the next month. I have experience being a former client of the New Mexico works program when I was an undergraduate student in need of educational support.
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I am organized, punctual, have the ability to prioritize work loads and I am task oriented. I find helping people very rewarding. I am vested in our clients.
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I possess excellent customer service skills, I like working with a diverse clientele, I am very organized, timely with project, flexible, I have many years of experience serving the public with their needs. I believe in the mission and core statements.
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I have experience in counseling and assessments.
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I have business management, advocacy and leadership experenice.
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I have a Bachelor of Psychology.
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Work experience and a BS degree.
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My qualifications consist of having credentials that affords me the opportunity to utilize skills and abilities in assisting others with disabilities.Promote leadership skills, with experience.
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Good listener, hard working, knowing the population we serve in the daily bases. Critical thinking. Most importantly patience.
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Mostly customer services experience, knowledge of laws, procedures, policies, referrals.
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I have 27 years of Military leadership experience, 7 years as Program manager and the experience of directing, supporting and guiding men and women alike.
Question 29 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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Based on my knowledge base both in my academic and professional careers, I am confident that I am able to further the goals of this office.
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I am a team player and very good at my job. I bring a positive attitude and willingness to start as soon as possible.
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I am a strong believer of your program and just how effective it can be in the lives of clients served. I am eager to become a part of the team and create meaningful change in our community.
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I will be a good employee.
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Being in a situation where I was disabled for a time I can understand and empathize with some of their hurdles. I am a very efficient worker that is task and goal oriented.
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In everything I do I give it 100%... I am reliable.. On time.. I take my work serious.. I am honest and can admit to my mistakes.
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I have a lot of experience in business management, advocacy and leadership. I know how to reach people from the community.
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I believe I share the companies passion in providing support to others. I possess certain personality traits such as empathy and compassion that may be vital in assisting an individual to reach their rehabilitation goals. I have demonstrated diligence and determination in all aspects of my life, I believe this is reflected in my commitment to both work and study. Finally, I am motivated and enthusiastic and would love to further my experience in this area of work. I am also excited at the prospect of working with and learning from some of the most experienced professionals in the industry.
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I am a hard working and a respectable worker.
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You should hire me because of my experience, dedication, integrity, work ethics, and I am a team player.
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I know CLI better, I have an understanding of the people we serve in the daily bases. And I think I am the best person for the job.
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Because I have wealth of experience with laws, policies, procedures, plus my 10 year customer service experience. Plus, I am deaf so wanting to work with people with various disabilities. I would be a great asset to your organization.
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My goal is simple continue supporting my fellow warfighters who are in need of support weather its employment or training to help them get employed.
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I am motivated experienced and have a strong desire to make a soirée xe in mycommunity.
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Because I will be deciated the needs of the clients to do my best to make sure they are protected by their rights and help they be success as for as my work ability allow me according to the rules and regulations of the company.
Question 30 of 30
Tell me about your previous boss.

About Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

February 27th, 2017

As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Vocational you help people with disabilities live fuller and more independent lives by assisting them in securing gainful employment. Your clients may have physical disabilities and injuries, mental illness, psychological disorders or substance abuse problems. You often work directly with clients as well as their families, doctors, speech therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, and other service providers in order to optimize a client’s readiness for work. As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor you recognize that employment helps boost the self-esteem of those with physical and mental impairments, and helps them to play a greater role in their own care. You help your clients achieve their goals and arrange training, therapy, job skills, and support systems that lead to success.

Skills you posses as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor are communication and problem-solving skills, empathy and the desire to help people fulfill their goals. You have amazing listening skills, compassion, and patience while working with your clients. A knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act is vital for serving as clients’ primary advocate.

Practice, practice, practice. As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, one of your duties is to conduct interviews, so you need to impress! Have a story handy of your most challenging client that you were able to secure employment for. Be sure to have the Americans with Disabilities Act details in your back pocket as this is your guide for assisting you clients.

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