Vocational Rehab Information for Consumers
Whether for yourself or a loved one, the services here at MTBM are designed and proven to help those with disabilities find their way into the workforce. Led by a highly educated and passionate team, the various vocational rehabilitation services of MTBM are individualized, carefully executed and performed with a genuine investment for the best interest of you or a loved one.
Job coaching is a set of intensive one-on-one services in a competitive work setting including job-task analysis, job training, job behavior management, developing natural supports and employer relations, which are needed to ensure client job retention. Tailored to the needs of the employee, our services typically start with a job analysis to identify the job duties, followed by developing a specific plan designed to best train the employee to work more and more on their own until completely self-sufficient and able to perform job duties accurately and effectively without assistance. Our coaches most commonly work with individuals who have conditions such as autism, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder (ADD), cognitive impairments, physical limitations and psychiatric disabilities.
Job Readiness Services
To prepare an individual for seeking and maintaining employment through the use of instructional activities, the purpose of job readiness is for the client to learn lifelong skills in preparing for, starting and maintaining a position in a field that is compatible for the individual. Job readiness training, which can be individualized or provided in a group setting, addresses current work preparedness through an assessment, the application process, resume development and interview preparation. Throughout the process, we conduct pre-employment analysis and offer career counseling to assess the effectiveness of the training modules that have been created to teach and facilitate work skills to consumers with varying disabilities.
The purpose of work evaluation services is to determine client work habit strengths, barriers, and needs while assessing the client’s vocational options, recommending appropriate interventions, and determining necessary services or training. This is a short-term assessment, which is typically 30 business days or less, that utilizes objective observations of work behaviors, physical capacities, work habits, interpersonal skills and functional skills to determine vocational options and interventions by having the client perform in a work situation. Observations may come from specific job settings or a variety of work samples.
Work evaluation services may include some matters such as communication, safety awareness, punctuality and much more. The process will result in an evaluation report identifying strengths; barriers; needs; and an analysis of physical capacities, work habits, work behaviors, and functional skills.
Personal and Social Adjustment Counseling
This service is designed to develop or re-establish personal and social behaviors that are aimed to enhance an individual’s employability, personal and social adjustment training (PSAT) services are instructional and can be provided individually or in small groups. Through utilizing instructional classroom activities in small groups or individual instruction, PSAT services involve identifying, planning and providing the supports a person needs to achieve and maintain employment.
Depending on your needs, PSAT services may include:
- Community living
- Decision making and problemsolving
- Health and medicine management
- Interpersonal skill development
- Methods of appropriate communication
- Money management
- Personal grooming and hygiene
- Sexual awareness and appropriateness
- Understanding of self and abilities
- And more
Work Literacy Training
Work literacy training is the development of soft skills to enhance a consumer’s employability. Soft skills are the personality traits and interpersonal abilities that allow us to adapt to changing circumstances, manage time, manage resources and work well with others. These instructional activities are designed to provide necessary literacy skills in order to obtain and maintain entry-level employment and are provided through individualized or group settings with consideration to the client’s work goals.
Vocational Evaluation and Vocational Profiles
This service has three different areas of focus: limited vocational evaluation, comprehensive vocational evaluation and comprehensive vocational profile.
Limited Vocational Evaluation
A limited vocational evaluation is time-limited and measures the client’s strengths and identifies areas of need. This is a method of assessing an individual’s aptitudes, interests and academic levels to develop realistic vocational goals as well as training objectives.
Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation
Our comprehensive vocational evaluation service is a process that uses a combination of testing, work samples, situational assessments and more. This is an individualized and systematic process in that an individual in partnership with the evaluator learns to identify viable vocational options and develop
employment goals and objectives.
Comprehensive Vocational Profile
A comprehensive vocational profile is an in-depth evaluation of a client who is unable to fully benefit from a limited or comprehensive vocational evaluation. The profile is based on a file review and client interview, providing insight to client abilities, strengths, limitations and support systems for those who have had very little or no work history. With effective job matching recommendations without relying on traditional measurement instruments, this process results in a profile that is used to provide information about the strengths, preferences, needs and barriers of the client when these are not evident given the severity of the disability.