Services Offered

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

It has been demonstrated that neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury and other chronic disabling conditions can result in significant changes physically, cognitively and psychosocially. As may be anticipated, these changes can strongly impact future vocational, school and/or avocational success.

Maintaining employment or returning to work/school following or during an illness or injury is a complex and challenging process requiring intervention by a vocational rehabilitation counselor well versed in the effects of illness/injury on vocational and avocational outcomes. At OMNI, the vocational consultant works closely with the client's neuropsychologist, cognitive therapist and other involved professionals to identify and remediate cognitive, psychosocial and physical barriers to work, school or avocational activities

Vocational services may include: Intervention in the school or work setting to implement compensatory strategies to improve work/school performance; employer education and training; functional assessment of skills in the clinical environment or real-life settings; development and implementation of avocational activities such as volunteer opportunities; resource referral; and legal evaluations and testimony. Specific services include:

  • Case file review and consultation.
  • Comprehensive vocational evaluation.
  • Expert legal testimony.
  • Litigation support for life care plans.
  • Work station development and job coaching services.
  • Individualized intervention/evaluation at work sites, in school settings, and in the home.
  • Functional cognitive treatment.
  • Medical case management.
  • Ginger D. Hurt, M.A., C.R.C.

    is a masters level nationally certified rehabilitation counselor with extensive experience in vocational rehabilitation. She pioneered the Functional Assessment approach to Vocational Evaluation in the Puget Sound area. She has specialized the past 20 years in the areas of traumatic brain injury, other neurological disorders and spinal cord injury.

    Ms. Hurt has developed and published nationally one of the few models for delivery of vocational rehabilitation to individuals with "mild" brain injury. She has served as the Clinical Coordinator of Vocational Services for Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center, Puyallup, WA and has extensive experience in the medical and legal arenas. Ms. Hurt is a regional consultant on traumatic brain injury and is a frequent presenter and trainer on the vocational issues of individuals with brain injury.

     

    Functional Assessment

    Functional assessment, evaluation of cognitive skills in real life settings, has long been recognized as a vital component in the evaluation and rehabilitation of individuals with cognitive ("thinking skills") deficits. Functional evaluation of how effectively the client can utilize memory, attention and organizational skills in his or her home and in work and/or school environments, is crucial to remediation efforts, development of appropriate compensation strategies, and eventual return to productivity.