Vocational Counseling in a Changing Landscape


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By AllCEUs Counseling CEUs and Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Vocational Goals & Skills
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC, NCC

– Identify the purposes of vocational goals
– Learn ways to help people explore vocational wants and needs
– Learn about the CGOE online
– Define and explore the concept of functional assessment
– Review skills related to finding, getting and maintaining a job
– Discuss job coaching
Why I Care/How It Impacts Recovery
– Jobs
– Provide structure
– Fill time
– Help clients practice new interpersonal, coping, refusal skills in a semi-structured environment
– Reinforce the concepts of honesty, faith, trust and hope
– Provide a sense of accomplishment
– Financially support
Vocational Needs and Wants
– Needs
– Regular hours (preferably not overnight)
– Boundaries
– Drug free environment
– Reasonable stress
– Extrovert vs. Introvert
– Structure vs. Spontaneous (Judging vs. Perceiving)
– An effective supervisor
Vocational Wants
– Wants
– Pay
– Opportunity for advancement
– Power
DOT and CGOE Online
– Dictionary of Occupational Titles
– Guide for Occupational Exploration
– Print
– O*NET OnLine
– Interest Profiler
– Results can be directly linked to over 900 occupations in O*NET OnLine
– Checklist
– Identifying Skills

Finding and Getting a Job
– Create a resume
– Use skills and abilities identified from ONet functional assessment
– Keep it one page
– Be prepared to address gaps in employment
– Interview
– Dress for the occasion
– Be on time
– Don’t overdo the perfume/cologne/makeup
– Stay positive
Finding and Getting a Job
– Vocational
– How To Ace The 50 Most Common Interview Questions
– 50 Most Common Interview Questions – Glassdoor Blog
– Ten Tough Interview Questions and Ten Great Answers – CollegeGrad.com
– Top 10 Interview Questions (…And How To Answer Them)
– Top Job Interview Questions | Monster.com
– 31 Most Common Interview Questions and Answers | The Muse

Maintaining a Job
– Punctuality
– Make the tasks you hate manageable
– Find solutions
– Ensure frequent rewards
– Review the benefits of your job regularly
– Review your job expectations on a regular basis and identify areas for improvement
– Maintain a support system outside of work
– Remember that you often recreate your family of origin at work
– Regularly discuss work relationships with your coach/sponsor/therapist

– Burnout work environments are common
– Characteristics
– Unclear requirements
– Discipline without reinforcement/recognition
– Impersonal
– High stress with no down time
– General stress
– Personal Stress
– Lack of personal control/no say
– Poor communication

Related Issues
– Money Management
– Direct deposit
– Co-Signer on withdrawals larger than $50
– No ATM
– No debit card
– Prepaid credit cards to rebuild credit
– Budgeting –New job can seem like Christmas
– Work addiction/compulsion
– Set long term occupational goals
Job Coaches and OneStops
– Have awareness of local hiring trends
– Have connections with addiction and disability friendly employers
– May be aware of certain programs
– Federal Bonding Program
– Supported employment
– Article about hiring people with a mental illness
– SAMHSA Supported Employment Best Practices
– Employment provides a variety of benefits to the person in recovery
– Self-Esteem
– Structure
– Financial independence
– Social Support
– A safe(er) place to practice new skills
– ONet provides an online resource to identify career skills and abilities and jobs that fit the person
– The first 6 months of employment often require significant support from a coach/sponsor/therapist
– Maintaining Motivation
– Identifying family of origin issues

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