Choosing, Finding and Keeping a Job after Brain Injury: A workbook and training program

Choosing, Finding and Keeping a Job after Brain Injury: A workbook and training program

Janet P. Niemeier, Ph.D., ABPP (RP), Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, Ph.D., ABPP (RP), and Shy DeGrace, B.S.

A vocational training program for adults with traumatic and other types of acquired brain injuries living in the community includes 20 structured sessions with a workbook and CD with worksheets. Part One of the vocational curriculum helps survivors of brain injuries and blast injuries explore their interests, concerns and readiness for finding a job or returning to work. Part Two covers steps of looking for a job with attention to disclosure of a disability, on the job accommodations, resume preparation and interviewing. Part Three covers strategies for keeping a job and avoiding problems on the job.

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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.

ISBN# 978-1-931117-43-2
Pages 168 pages, 8½ x 11, perfect bound with CD
Year 2009


Janet P. Niemeier, Ph.D., ABPP (RP) is a Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist with an additional specialty in neuropsychology. Dr. Niemeier is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Psychiatry and Director of Inpatient Brain Injury Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in the School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Niemeier has over 20 years experience assessing and treating patients in all phases of recovery from traumatic brain injury. She has held positions in inpatient, outpatient, and community-based settings throughout her clinical rehabilitation career. In addition to her current work with patients on the Brain Injury Unit (and their families), she conducts funded research related to innovative treatment interventions for brain injury.

Dr. Niemeier is senior or contributing author on multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals including Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology, Disability and Rehabilitation, and Brain Injury as well as books about early education and rehabilitation following brain injury.

Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, Ph.D., ABPP (RP) is a Professor with appointments in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia Campus in Richmond. Board certified in rehabilitation psychology, he has more than two decades of clinical experience as a brain injury rehabilitation specialist.

Since 1987, Dr. Kreutzer has served as the Director of Virginia’s federally-designated Traumatic Brain Injury Model System. Dr. Kreutzer has co-authored more than 130 publications, most in the area of traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation. Co-Editor-In-Chief of the journals, Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation, he has also published twelve books on topics including vocational rehabilitation, community reintegration, behavior management, and cognitive rehabilitation.

Shy DeGrace, B.S. is a research specialist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in psychology, she has over 5 years of community-based research and pharmaceutical experience. She relocated in 2006 to pursue graduate study in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling. Since 2006, she has also served as research coordinator for government funded trials of methods to improve functional status and quality for people with brain injury.



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



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:

  • Are you ready to work?
  • What is your situation?
  • Do you receive disability benefits?
  • Do you have problems managing stress?
  • Do you have prior work experience? What kind?
  • Are you afraid you can’t work?
  • Do you really want to work?
  • Can you afford to work?

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.

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.

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