senior vocational rehabilitation counselor resume example with 8+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • , , 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Hardworking and passionate Rehabilitation Counselor with strong organizational skills eager to secure a full-time position after staying home to raise my family. Ready to re-enter the workforce and obtain a position that offers professional challenges utilizing interpersonal skills, excellent time management and problem-solving skills.

  • Caseload management
  • Service coordination
  • Client needs assessment
  • Community Resources
  • Client advocacy
  • Rehabilitation treatment planning
  • Client records management
  • Problem-Solving
  • Active Listening
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Assessment administration
Work History
Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, 09/2006 to 01/2008
State Of North DakotaCarson, ND,
  • Assisted individuals with addressing disabilities and developing career plans.
  • Handled caseload of more than 80 clients.
  • Coordinated community resources and secured referrals.
  • Promoted development of interviewing, resume writing and etiquette skills.
  • Prepared and maintained records and case files detailing clients' personal and eligibility information, services provided and relevant correspondence.
  • Consulted with interdisciplinary teams to enhance coordination of care, establish medical clearance and determine optimal timing of further interventions.
  • Evaluated diagnostic data to determine eligibility and needed services.
  • Customized vocational exploration activities to identify self-determined rehabilitation needs and goals.
  • Liaised with community partners to enhance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
  • Transition Counselor worked collaboratively with area high schools to create bridges for school to work and adult services upon graduation.
  • Supervised Rehabilitation Counselor Interns during their clinical rotations. Providing guidance and feedback during clinicals.
  • Assisted with onboarding of new counselor staff to orient to agency and provide guidance as needed.
Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, 05/2002 to 02/2005
State Of North DakotaCrosby, ND,

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Assisted individuals with addressing disabilities and developing career plans.
  • Handled caseload of more than 80 clients.
  • Coordinated community resources and secured referrals.
  • Promoted development of interviewing, resume writing and etiquette skills.
  • Administered preliminary and comprehensive vocational assessments.
  • Responsible for intakes, making eligibility decisions, and complete vocational planning in general caseloads with strong emphasis on Acquired Brain Injury.
  • Consumer advocate for clients
  • Analyzed, evaluated and synthesized disability documentation to determine eligibility and guide vocational planning process
  • Coordinated all aspects of vocational rehabilitation planning to guarantee timely delivery of services
  • Provided benefits counseling to eligible clients and made referrals to Benefits Counselor as needed
  • Developed strong and lasting relationships with community service providers
  • Interfaced with community professionals to effectively develop and implement individualized vocational and educational goals
  • Transition Counselor assigned to local area High Schools to assist in School to Work planning.

Community Liaison:

  • One-Stop - "Everyone Works" Grant

served as a vital link between BRS, DOL and the Bridgeport One-Stop which improved interagency communication and services. Devoted 20% of work to the CT Works Assisted Services Center as disability consultant to the center, DOL and the WorkPlace, Inc. Contributed to the task force committee for the "Everyone Works" Grant. Member of the Accessibility and Training-Education committees. Conducted training with CT Works staff on disability sensitivity and the mission and services of BRS. Provided consultation regarding the accessibility of the One-Stop facility.

  • Fairfield High School
Rehabilitation Counselor, Cognitive Therapist, 10/1997 to 01/2002
Kessler Institute For Rehabilitation Inc.City, STATE,
  • Conducted situational work assessments, assisted with job placement activities and work-place accommodation requirements consistent with ADA guidelines in conjunction with local DVR-NJ
  • Assessment and treatment of executive functioning, designed and implemented individual and group remediation activities.
  • Conducted Behavior Assessments and Functional Analyses and developed behavior intervention plans.
  • Administered psychosocial evaluations and coordinated treatment plans
  • Clinical supervision of new employees and students
  • Liaison to Brain Injury Association of New Jersey
  • Led team conferences and family meetings. Guided team interventions to maximize rehabilitation effectiveness, arranged appropriate work trials and workplace accomodations, attended to psychosocial needs to ensure adequate community and workplace reintegration.
  • Conferred with referring agencies, insurers and physician team
Case Manager, Transitional Care Unit, 06/1997 to 08/1997
St. Joseph Hospital For Specialty CareCity, STATE,
  • Facilitated treatment planning in sub-acute nursing facility.
  • Identified psychosocial and educational needs of patients and their families.
  • Kept patients and their families informed of their rights, and in compliance with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance guidelines.
  • Arranged all discharge support services and programs to ensure safe and individualized transition.

  • Reduced care costs without sacrificing quality through service coordination and multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Helped patients receive appropriate, high-quality care with reasonable results.
  • Addressed delays in discharge, postponed procedures and discharge equipment unavailability.
  • Consulted with clinicians to devise and manage ongoing care plans for at-risk patients.
  • Partnered with physicians, social workers, activity therapists, nutritionists and case managers to develop and implement individualized care plans and documented patient interactions and interventions in electronic charting systems.
  • Identified care needs of individual patients and coordinated responses based on physician advice, insurance limitations and procedural costs.
  • Evaluated treatment plans against individual goals and healthcare standards.
  • Managed support services and fostered communication among social workers, therapists, hospital staff and patients.
Master of Education: Rehabilitation Counseling And Services, Expected in 05/1997 to Springfield College - Springfield, MA,
Bachelor of Science: Human Development And Family Relations, Expected in 05/1995 to University of Connecticut - Storrs, CT
  • CRC - Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

    Professional of the Year, The WorkPlace, Inc. - June 2003

    Advocacy Award, The WorkPlace, Inc. - June 2003

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School Attended

  • Springfield College
  • University of Connecticut

Job Titles Held:

  • Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor, Cognitive Therapist
  • Case Manager, Transitional Care Unit


  • Master of Education
  • Bachelor of Science

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