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Chapter 36: Vocational Diagnostic Unit

(Revised 05/14)

36.1 Vocational Assessment Services

36.1.1 Introduction

The Vocational Diagnostic Unit (VDU) conducts comprehensive vocational and psychological assessments of all factors relating to employment potential for adult and transition-age consumers who are visually impaired or blind.

36.1.2 Purpose

The VDU helps the VRC or transition counselor determine how VR services can benefit individuals by assessing the individuals' abilities in

36.1.3 Assessment Methods

This skills assessment may be accomplished by using

36.2 When Are Vocational Diagnostic Services Appropriate?

VDU services are used when a VRC or transition counselor needs information

36.3 Eligibility Criteria

VR and transition referrals to the VDU must

36.4 Referral Procedure

(Revised 02/13)

The VRC or transition counselor must take the following steps when referring a consumer to the VDU:

  1. Contact the VDU to discuss the consumer's needs.
  2. Create a service record in ReHabWorks and delegate to the VDU vocational diagnostician.
  3. Discuss evaluation schedule and arrangements with the VDU diagnostician.

For more information, see ReHabWorks User's Guide (RUG) Chapter 16: Case Service Record, Creating, Updating, and Canceling Line Items for In-House Services.

36.5 Making Arrangements for Evaluation

If the evaluation will be done in the field, the VRC or transition counselor must make prior arrangements for:

If the evaluation will be done at the VDU office in Austin, the VDU staff must make prior arrangements for a noon meal at CCRC.

36.6 Evaluation Outcome

A comprehensive evaluation report will be sent to the referring VRC or transition counselor. The counselor must make a formal referral to any program after consultation and agreement by the consumer. VDU staff will enter a summary and recommendations into ReHabWorks Case Notes.

36.7 Psychological Services

In order to provide psychological assessment services for consumers, a VDU vocational diagnostician must maintain active licensure by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a licensed psychologist, provisionally licensed psychologist, licensed psychological associate, or licensed specialist in school psychology; or licensure by the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors as a Licensed Professional Counselor. The vocational diagnostician may conduct the psychological evaluation in conjunction with vocational assessments, especially for consumers who are unable to obtain these types of services in their home communities.

When creating a service record request, a VRC or transition counselor can request psychological services along with vocational assessment services, or separately. The procedures are the same as for vocational assessment services.

36.8 Counselor Responsibilities

The VRC or transition counselor should review the VDU reports thoroughly and discuss the recommendations with the consumer. The VRC should incorporate the recommendations into the IPE if the consumer agrees to follow them.

VDU vocational diagnosticians can provide consultation and report interpretation. The VRC can contact the designated vocational diagnostician to schedule consultation services.