Brain injury vocational workbook
This vocational training curriculum addresses the special learning needs of persons with brain injury by using a 4 step format for all sessions.
• Step 1 identifies typical challenges facing individuals with brain injury when considering or searching for work.
• Step 2 uses surveys or questionnaires to ask participants about their difficulties regarding employment after a brain injury.
• Step 3 presents positive and negative ways to cope with challenges on the job and demonstrates skills and strategies.
• Sept 4 demonstrates strategies for problem solving.
This workbook can be used in a group format or individually. Handouts and questionnaires are written in large print for individuals with visual deficits. The curriculum is written at a fifth grade reading level to accommodate individuals with reading deficits.
All important ideas and instructions are repeated to facilitate learning and memory. Information is presented with written, oral, demonstration, and visual methods and aids to accommodate those with non-standard learning styles. The curriculum includes simple surveys and questionnaires which allow the participant to relate personally to the content and enhance self-awareness.
The curriculum follows a logical and sequential course of sessions from preparing to look for work, looking for work, and maintaining employment. The workbook and CD includes all instructions, content and handouts that group leaders need to conduct training sessions. This program is ideal for counselors and clinicians in vocational rehabilitation programs, vet centers, community agencies and outpatient settings for veterans and adults.
|Pages||168 pages, 8½ x 11, perfect bound with CD|
About the Authors
Choosing, Finding and Keeping a Job After Brain Injury
Understanding the Vocational Training Program
Implementation Guidelines References and Recommended Readings
Session 1 Are You Ready To Work?
Session 2 Overcoming Obstacles to Going Back To Work
Session 3 Setting Reachable and Meaningful Goals
Session 4 Organizing Yourself for Success
Session 5 Simple Strategies for Improving your Memory for Work or Daily Living
Session 6 Find a Mentor
Session 7 Self-Awareness: Know What Your Strengths Are
Session 8 The Keys to Effective Communication
Session 9 Writing Resumes
Session 10 The Interview
Session 11 The Art of Negotiation and Compromise
Session 12 Tips for Successfully Starting a New Job
Session 13 Taking Good Care of Yourself
Session 14 Energizing and Fighting Fatigue
Session 15 Mastering the Art of Patience
Session 16 Identifying and Coping With Work-Related Stressors
Session 17 Preventing Long-Term Effects of Stress on the Job
Session 18 Plan-Ahead Strategies for Improving Your Memory for Work and Daily Tasks
Session 19 How to Solve Problems Effectively
Session 20 Avoiding and Learning From Mistakes
Exploring Vocational Options after Brain Injury CD Table of Contents
The CD that comes with this workbook contains all the Questionnaires and Handouts that are in the manual for each Session in a printable pdf format.
Session 1 Am I Ready to Work?
• Costs and Benefits of Going to Work
• What Is My Situation?
Session 2 My Typical Day
• Top 8 Tips for Overcoming Obstacles
• What’s Holding You Back Survey
Session 3 Goal Scaling Sheet
• Goals for Working or Increasing Daily Activity
Session 4 How Organized am I?
• Top 3 Tips for Staying on Top of Things
Session 5 Five Tips for Improving Your Memory
• What Am I Forgetting?
Session 6 Do I Need a Mentor?
• Mentors What They are and What They are Not?
Session 7 My Work Skills, Likes, and Dislikes
• Top 7 Tips for Improving Self-Awareness
Session 8 Am I a Great Communicator?
• Top Ways to Talk So Others Can Listen
Session 9 Rate the Resume
• Resume Outline Form- Jobs Held Worksheet
• Resume Outline Form- Listing Skills Worksheet
• Top 10 Tips for Writing Resumes
Session 10 Top 10 Worst Things a Person Can Do in an Interview
• Top 10 Tips for a Winning Job Interview
• What Are My Challenges to a Winning Job Interview
Session 11 How Am I At Negotiation And Compromise?
• Top 10 Tips for Building Your Negotiation and Compromise
Session 12 How Would I Rate as a New Worker?
• Top 10 Tips for Successfully Starting a New Job
Session 13 How Well am I Taking Care of Myself Questionnaire
• Top 10 Tips to Taking Care of Yourself
Session 14 Am I a Sleepy Head or am I Supercharged?
• Relaxation Technique
• Top 10 Tips for Energizing and Fighting Fatigue
Session 15 Top 5 Tips for Being Patient and Composed
• What Pushes My Button?
Session 16 How Do I Feel About Looking for Work?
• Top 10 Tips for Managing Strong Emotions
Session 17 Top 10 Tips for Managing Stress
• What Stresses Me Out?
Session 18 Memory Log
• Task Analysis Sheet
• To Do List
• Top Ten Tips for Remembering
Session 19 Situational Analysis
• SOLVE Strategy
• Top 10 Problem Solving Tips
Session 20 My Most Embarrassing Mistakes
• Top 10 Tips for Avoiding and Learning from Mistakes
STEP 1: DIDACTIC PROCESS
Using this protocol as your guide, cover the following points for participants: Many people find it confusing and difficult to think about returning to work after a brain injury. Troubles with energy levels, communication, memory, and self-management resulting from the injury can make both the job-search process and keeping a job difficult. In this session, you will learn some steps to take toward finding employment, or enjoying a more active daily life.
Professionals with many years of experience in helping people with brain injury return to work or community activity have learned that each person should ask themselves the following very important questions before looking for a job or accepting a job offer:
We will help you start to answer these questions during this session today.
Am I Ready to Work?
Instructions: Check the boxes below that apply to you.
1. I know my strengths and my limits.
2. I have goals for making things better.
3. I keep trying even when things get hard.
I learn from my mistakes.
Outside of work, I try to do things that are good for me.
I admit when I make a mistake.
When people talk, I’m sure to listen.
When I’m not sure how to do something, I ask.
I’m polite and nice to others.
I am patient with myself, my goals, and other people.
I think about other people’s feelings.
I can clearly see the good things about working.
4. I learn from my mistakes.
5. Outside of work, I try to do things that are good for me.
6. I admit when I make a mistake.
7. When people talk, I’m sure to listen.
8. When I’m not sure how to do something, I ask.
9. I’m polite and nice to others.
10. I am patient with myself, my goals, and other people.
11. I think about other people’s feelings.
12. I can clearly see the good things about working.