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Vocational Counseling in a Changing Landscape

Vocational Counseling in a Changing Landscape

Update: 2020-11-241


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 –

– Top 10 Interview Questions (…And How To Answer Them)

– Top Job Interview Questions |

– 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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Vocational Counseling in a Changing Landscape

Vocational Counseling in a Changing Landscape

Charles Snipes