3008 – Navigating the Return to Work Process for Clients with ABI
Acquired brain injuries (ABI) often impact a patient’s ability to return to competitive employment. This functional impairment often causes financial stressors, challenges within the family system, and emotional adjustment issues. Return to work is a common goal for patients in brain injury rehabilitation, and approximately 40% of individuals with ABI return to competitive employment. A patient-centered approach to vocational rehabilitation (VR) is an effective approach to reaching return to work goals after ABI. Such an approach involves creating a therapeutic alliance between patient and therapist in which the two partner to set and meet employment goals relevant to the patient. Vocational rehabilitation for ABI may employ strategies to return to premorbid employment activities or explore new employment options. Strategies may include work-site evaluations, simulating work activities in realistic environments, on the job training, resume building, and building interview skills. Barriers to successful VR outcomes will also be explored.
1. Explore evidence based practices and how they contribute towards successful vocational rehabilitation
2. Identify three key components of client-centered practices and how to implement these practices when working with patients vocational goals
3. Discuss research findings regarding return to work outcomes within vocational rehabilitation for individuals with acquired brain injury