Vocational Assessment
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Janet faced challenges all her life with diabetes and with keeping up with her peers, but has always managed to meet the goals she set for herself.  Janet completed High School in Brooklyn. She is very proud of that and feels it is one of her greatest accomplishments.  About a year later Janet was diagnosed with schizophrenia, but that hasn’t stopped her from living a fulfilling and purposeful life.  2010 proved to be a significant year for Janet, in more than one way.  First, that’s when she met John, the man she fell in love with. Secondly, that’s when Janet began receiving Job Development services from CGS and started down the road to success as a professional Retail Associate. A job was found by her CGS’ Job Developer, which Janet now says is the best job she’s ever had and another one of her biggest accomplishments. Janet went from Retail Associate to Retail Supervisor to Retail Manager in one year! After the store later closed, Janet decided to attend college. For the last two years, she has been working toward earning a BA degree. Janet is doing so well in college that she plans to eventually pursue a MBA.

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Vocational Assessment

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Vocational Assessment

CGS training and job placement begin with vocational assessment; the individual's vocational strengths and weaknesses are evaluated via interviews, behavioral observations, work samples, situational assessments and career counseling. An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) based on the results chart a course to a career for each client and forms the basis for occupational training and job placement.

CGS offers four types of Vocational Assessment; each type is offered as either a stand-alone service or as part of the vocational rehabilitation services at CGS.

  • GENERAL DIAGNOSTIC VOCATIONAL EVALUATION (DVE): 5 to 15 days. Focuses on work readiness and general skill identification; uses standardized work samples.
  • COMMUNITY-BASED SITUATIONAL ASSESSMENT: Up to 5 days. Held in a community based setting; the Vocational Evaluator appraises the client’s actual hands-on work.
  • COMMUNITY-BASED WORKPLACE ASSESSMENT: Up to 10 days. This evaluation is done on an individual basis at a work site in accordance with the client’s interests and employment factors.
  • STANDARDIZED AND SPECIALIZED TESTING: Up to 10 hours. Measures a client’s academic achievement, aptitudes, cognitive abilities, personality traits, vocational interests, and sensory-motor skills; uses standardized, nationally accepted assessment instruments – testing may be hands-on, paper-and-pencil and / or online.

During the DVE experience, CGS' Vocational Evaluator helps develop practical strategies for overcoming potential barriers to employment. At the conclusion of the DVE, the client and his or her ACCES-VR Counselor meet with the Vocational Evaluator to discuss the evaluation results and recommendations to finalize the IPE.

DVE referrals to CGS are made directly by ACCES-VR. For more information simply contact CGS’ Director of Vocational Services, Debbie Merav, at 646-214-1278 or email dmerav01@cgsnyc.org or Vocational Counselor, Danielle Su, at 646-214-1304 or EMAIL: dsu@cgsnyc.org.

Contemporary Guidance Services, Inc.
52 Broadway 4th Floor, New York, NY 10004
t / 212.577.5512  f / 212.577.5517

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