Spring 2019 ➤ Rehab Matters ➤ 23 CAVEWAS CORNER By Jennifer Griffiths MS, RRP, CCRC, CCVE The board mem- bers of CAVE- WAS have been working hard in the last few months to devel- op solid learning programs and we are pleased to pro- vide an update. CCVE Training Modules In January, the Continuing Education Committee participated in a collabo- ration session with our Subject Matter Experts (SME) on course content in Toronto. We had five experts and two members of the CE committee attend the session, which was facilitated by Dr. Gary Corbett. Following this session, content for four courses to be added to our online offerings will be completed. These courses will address several crit- ical topics in vocational evaluation in- cluding: the history of the field, testing and measurement tools, transferrable skills analysis and occupational infor- mation. These modules will be available to anyone interested in learning more about this field as well as for those pre- paring for the Canadian Certified Voca- tional Evaluator (CCVE) exam. The assembled group was able to share various theories of vocational de- velopment, discuss testing procedures and measures and collaborate on cre- ating the course content. It was estab- lished that we had well over 200 years of experience in the field in attendance at those sessions! We are looking for- ward to capitalizing on all this knowl- edge to share with future professionals in the field of vocational assessment and work adjustment. The plan is to have the modules ready for the fall of 2019 so watch for notifications in your email. Pre-Approved Purchase and Administer of Tests through Pearson for CCVEs We are pleased to announce through the diligent efforts of the College and CAVEWAS, our CCVE qualified mem- bers have been granted immediate ac- cess to purchase and administer several A and B level tests. This will serve to streamline the purchasing process for testing materials and eliminate long, de- tailed forms to fill out to be ‘approved’. Several other companies have been ap- proached and we are hopeful will fol- low suite. For a full listing of the tests approved, please contact CAVEWAS. CAVEWAS Pre-conference Training Session Our conference committee has been working hard to provide the best professional development sessions at the 2019 conference. This year, we are working in collaboration with VRAC for the conference planning. The theme is Education for Growth and it will be an excellent opportuni- ty for professionals across the country to gather and work together towards common goals. This year, CAVEWAS will be cel- ebrating its 30th birthday and will be having special events and presenta- tions to mark this milestone. Be sure to register early for the CAVEWAS sessions – we will have some surprises and a top notch training agenda. never do “that job”, am I not still bound by my relationship with the in- surer to identify it if the client has all the requirements? If I don’t identify it, am I not breaking my bond to report objectively? Ultimately, the client is always able to make his or her own choices. Even for that job they swear they’ll never do, is it not my responsibility to ensure that every client is made aware of ev- ery option? So the next question becomes, can you make the client aware of the po- sition without committing it to the report? Yes, you can. Realistically, if I knew that the client would never, ever be interested in a particular job, I wouldn’t list it. I’m really talking here about those ‘iffier’ possibilities. So what is one of the best tools to use under these circumstances? De- tails. Reports can get long but the de- tails are critical. I include in my reports, if needed, a ‘potential barriers’ section to list the considered challenges, both objective and subjective. If training is required, this is where I’d make that recommendation. I list the occupations considered and the reasons they were not identified at the end of my reports to ensure full disclosure. I also talk to clients honestly. One of my rules is that a client should never be surprised when they read their copy of the report. I make sure the client under- stands the nature of the report, the fact that positions can be identified on the report, but it doesn’t mean they have to go out and do that job. I help my clients see skills they do not recognize, show them the transferability of their skills, and show them how their skills could be applied to new positions. In addition, I always discuss the po- tential challenges with both the case manager (to ensure the client under- stands all the implications for their claim) and the client. I present solutions and see what develops, remembering that the client should always be able to make his or her own life decisions. To include or not to include - some- times I agonize over that question. It’s not really very simple at all. Lisa Borchert is a vocational rehabil- itation consultant and PGAP clinician with 20 years’ experience providing assessments, return to work planning and career / life counseling. Lisa en- joys writing and training, is a certified Adult Trainer/Instructor and believes in the value of meaningful work.