Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Support is provided for individuals who wish to explore vocational rehabilitation opportunities in their communities, such as further education, volunteering or a return to employment. Individuals referred to this service will undergo an initial screening to determine their needs and suitability for the service.
Our vocational staff work with the person to help them to achieve the following:
- Increased understanding of the impact of their brain injury on their vocational goals.
- Identification of their strengths and challenges and techniques to address them.
- Planning and setting of achievable vocational goals
- Informed decision making based on accurate information and education provided.
- Increased self-confidence and independence.
- Accessing additional resources including services and supports as needed.
We work in partnership with the person to design individually tailored steps towards achieving their goals. The individual is responsible for working towards these goals, which are reviewed on an ongoing basis. The duration and intensity of the service is based on the persons individual needs. The aim of this service is to empower clients to reach their optimum level of independence and self-management.
We also offer services that help the person to improve vocational readiness by developing personal and practical skills such as personal development e.g. self-awareness and confidence building, computer skills and work specific skills, such as CV preparation and interview skills. This may involve facilitating the person to get recognised qualifications necessary to progress to further education and/or work opportunities. Work placements may also be offered by some of our vocational services.
Return to work
For clients who wish to return to their previous employment, the service can assist with designing a phased plan to return to work and can liaise with employers, if desired. We can support the person in accessing information about the impact of earnings on current Social Protection payments. We can provide education and support to employers and colleagues on the impact of acquired brain injury and, with consent, the specific impact it has had for the person. In addition, we can provide the employer with information and guidance regarding reasonable workplace accommodations for the client. Our support is ongoing until the client and employer feel confident managing independently.
Who can apply
Adults aged 18 to 65 with an acquired brain injury, see How To Apply