Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation
Comprehensive Vocation Evaluations (CVE) are a great exploratory tool to assist individuals in assessing and recognizing aptitudes, vocational interests and academic strengths and abilities. Individuals will complete a customized testing battery that is created specifically to fit his or her needs. A personally tailored report will be written for the individual that will give in-depth interpretations of the testing summary, career guidance and labor market information.
- Identify careers and job tracks that utilize an individual’s strengths and skills
- Determine reasonable accommodations that may assist in future job settings
- Long-term and short-term career exploration
- Realistic and current labor market information
Community-Based Situational Assessment
Community-Based Situational Assessments, or Work-Site Evaluations, are specialized assessments comprised of two days. The first day consists of a comprehensive vocational evaluation conducted in the testing room. During the second day, individuals will be asked to complete a short, half-day work shift in a real-world working environment, accompanied by a vocational evaluator. The vocational evaluator will observe the individual interacting and carrying out the essential functions of a job in competitive, community employment.
- Career exploration
- Ability to complete job functions in real-world settings
- Feedback and assistance from an on-site vocational evaluator
- Exposure to a competitive employment site
The intention of Discovery is to provide the vocational rehabilitation counselor with information about the customer based on observations and interviews, rather than traditional tests and assessments. During Discovery, the Two-6 Resources Discovery Provider meets with the customer for approximately ten hours, typically over the course of three meetings. An additional 10-15 hours includes writing, phone interviews and a final planning meeting. It is at this planning meeting, which takes place at a vocational rehabilitation center, where the next steps and / or job goals are determined as a collaborative group. The outcome of Discovery can be supported employment, customized employment, on-the-job training and / or further training programs.
- Typically provided to customers with more significant disabilities where testing instruments used in Comprehensive Vocational Evaluations (CVE) may not provide meaningful results
- Customers may have been previously deemed not appropriate for employment or not recommended for employment during a psychological or vocational evaluation
- Focus on “contributions” the customer may provide to an employer rather than limitations (limitations are typically excluded from Discovery report)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I expect during a vocational evaluation?
You will be greeted by one of our professional vocational evaluators and escorted into a quiet, private testing room. Your comfort and privacy are valued, and therefore we do not conduct large group testing seminars. Instead, you will be given personal, individualized attention with a primary focus on your vocational aspirations and goals. Your vocational evaluator will ask a few information gathering questions to better understand you and your strengths. After this short intake, you will then be explained what tests will be administered and the purpose for each. At Two-6 Resources, we personalize each test battery based on your strengths and goals, as well as any questions or specific interests your vocational rehabilitation counselor may have. Your counselor may request additional testing or specialized situational assessments, which may result in a longer appointment time. As such, we recommend you expect an appointment time of approximately three to four hours. Breaks are offered at your leisure. After your vocational evaluation is completed, you will be contacted by your counselor to discuss the results and future services.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
Be sure to get a full nights sleep and eat a good breakfast. Please bring any reading glasses you may need, a resume if you have one, any supporting documents of your disability and/or current medications list. Your vocational evaluator will be discussing your educational and employment history; any supporting documents you supply will be a great asset to the evaluation. As your appointment may take up to four hours, please bring a packed lunch or snack. You will be granted breaks at your leisure.
Why do I have a two-day evaluation?
A two-day evaluation can either be requested by you, if you are hesitant to complete the evaluation in a one-day sitting or you may be asked to return a second day if your counselor requests a Community Based Situational Assessment (CBSA). This specialized assessment is comprised of two-days; the first day consists of the standard vocational evaluation conducted in the testing room. During the second day, you will be asked to complete a short, half-day work shift in a real world working environment, accompanied by your vocational evaluator. Your vocational evaluator will observe you interacting and carrying out the essential functions of a job in competitive, community employment.
What kind of tests am I going to take?
As mentioned, Two-6 Resources does not condone a standardized testing battery for every client. We appreciate and treat every client as an individual, and will personalize a testing battery suited for each unique person. The testing battery will be congruent with what your counselor requests. This may comprise of an intellectual functioning assessment, academic achievement test, interest inventories, personality assessments, aptitude tests and situational assessments. The majority of these tests are conducted in a controlled testing environment, either computerized or with conventional pen and paper. A situational assessment is targeted at placing you in a simulated working environment to assess what strengths and areas of improvement you may possess in that given environment.