Our Vocational Services provide "You, the Client" with a multitude of assessment options to address counselling and career planning development for not just members of the general public, but individuals with learning disabilities; cognitive and physical functional deficits. The Vocational Evaluation process is an ideal way to address your changes in career path utilizing objective aptitude and interest testing; and our Vocational Counselors are all certified members of the College of Vocational Professionals (CVRP) and the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) with a minimum of 5 years of counselling and assessment testing experience. Services include, but are not limited to the following:
The Vocational Evaluation
Is a comprehensive evaluation administered by a qualified Vocational Specialist to determine an individual's level of academic achievement; temperament; interest; and aptitudes utilizing objective standardized testing protocols and questionnaires for the purpose of identifying suitable vocational alternatives based on the individual's reported level of skill, education and experience.
The Psychological Vocational Evaluation
Utilized in conjunction with the Vocational Evaluation, this assessment includes a psychological analysis with respect to the individual's abilities to return to an employed status paying special attention to the psychological and emotional well-being of the candidate. Additional psychometric testing protocols are included to determine psychological diagnoses; intelligence quotient testing; and other more comprehensive validity and reliability testing protocols. This assessment is administered under the guidance of a Registered Clinical Psychologist working in conjunction with a Vocational Specialist.
The Psychological Education Assessment
Is a series of standardized tests to determine an individual's intellectual ability, achievement levels, and social/emotional and behavioural functioning. Available for both Adults and Children (of appropriate Ages)
The Cognitive Pre-Screen Vocational Evaluation
A Cognitive Pre-Screen Mechanism is utilized in conjunction with the Vocational Evaluation. The Cognitive Pre-Screen is conducted by the Vocational Evaluator in conjunction with a Neuropsychologist; Psychometrist; or Standardized Computerized Cognitive Screening Mechanism (Decyfer). Selection of the appropriate cognitive tool is determined based on the complexity of the file and individual being assessed. The Computerized Cognitive Pre-Screen (Decyfer) is standardized based on the validity and reliability research completed by its creators (a select team of Registered Neuropsychologists). Supporting research documentation and curriculum vitae of the programs' creators / researchers can be provided on request for court / trial / tribunal / or appeal purposes. The purpose of completing the Cognitive Pre-Screen Vocational Evaluation is to determine if the candidate has any cognitive concerns prior to completing a full neuropsychological assessment avoiding larger, possibly unnecessary expenses in both time and money. The Cognitive Pre-Screen process is designed to address early intervention in regards of the individual's cognitive capabilities and/or deficits to further address the individual's competitive employability from a cognitive perspective.
The Neuro-Psychological Vocational Evaluation
Utilized in conjunction with the Vocational Evaluation, this assessment includes neuro-psychological analytical testing protocols with respect to the individual's cognitive abilities and/or deficits for the purpose to determine if the individual is competitively employable from a cognitive stand point. Focus of this type of assessment pertains to the cogitative impact with regards to the individual's psychological and emotional well-being. Additional psychometric testing protocols are included to determine the neuro-psychological diagnoses; intelligence quotient testing; and other more comprehensive validity and reliability testing protocols. This assessment is administered under the guidance of a Registered Neuro-Psychologist working in conjunction with a Vocational Specialist.
The Functional Vocational Evaluation
Utilized in conjunction with the Vocational Evaluation, this assessment includes a Functional Abilities Evaluation administered by a Certified Matheson and/or ARCON Specialist and pays special attention to the individual's physical capabilities in conjunction to their reported level of skill, education and experience. This assessment is administered under the supervision of a trained Matheson/ARCON Medical/Rehabilitation Professional (Kinesiologist/Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist) working in conjunction with a Vocational Specialist.
The Situational Vocational Evaluation
Is a 10-day assessment designed to address individuals with more complex injuries (such as head injury/catastrophic related impairments). The assessment consists of a 2-day vocational analysis which may or may not include either the neuro-psychological, psychological and/or functional components. Upon identifying the list of vocational alternatives, the individual is subjected to an 8-day simulated work trial designed to observe actual performance in functions directly related to those occupations identified within the selected employment cluster. This assessment is most effective in conjunction with other multidisciplinary assessments to determine the suitability for an individual to return to an employed status.
The Transferable Skills Analysis
Conducted by a Vocational Specialist utilizing a network of computerized transferable skills analysis programs in conjunction with traditional manual transferable skills analytical search procedures to determine suitable employment options for an individual based on their levels of reported skill, education and experience, in conjunction with identified medical concerns.
The Economic/Employment Trend Research (a.k.a. The Labour Market Survey)
Completed by a Vocational or Employment Specialist who conducts live and up to date research with potential employment network contacts; and various other employment periodicals and services to determine employment trends and creates a network platform for its clientele. Detailed research includes job availability, physical demands, employment requirements, and earning potential.
The Career Readiness Program
Vocational or Employment Specialists work with the clientele to prepare them for career re-integration. This is accomplished through education and training in the areas of resume and cover letter development; networking; interview technique training; informational interviewing; the development of preliminary labour market research skills utilizing internet sources, newspapers and other employment periodicals; and finally stress and motivational management skills training to assist with the concept of "coping with unemployment".
Is the practice of providing advice and direction on career-related decisions. Services are conducted by Vocational, Education and / or Career Counselors. The process is designed to assist people in transitional decision making with respect to all facets of their career planning development. Said service is ideal for individuals with disability and impairments looking to enter or re-enter the workforce; students entering the workforce for the first time; employed adults looking for career change assistance.