Design Your Future with Vocational Rehabilitation

The Hope Center for Rehabilitation Infuses “Design Thinking” Into Their Vocational Rehabilitation Program To Help Clients Discover Their Passion, Purpose and Professional Potential.

The Hope Center has a staff dedicated to helping clients successfully maneuver back into the real world while maintaining a balanced life of recovery; by assisting each client in building a foundation and future through the delivery of a comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation curriculum.

SuitVocational Rehabilitation is the practice of offering patients a guided curriculum to uncover what their unique interests, skill sets and experience levels are in order to design a path toward personal and professional success, while balancing a life in recovery. Vocational Rehabilitation also focuses on offering healing therapies to counter threatening, fearful or traumatic past events that may have contributed to addictive behavior, stemming from one’s past educational or employment history.

Inspired by the “Design Thinking” movement, the staff at The Hope Center for Rehabilitation took notes from thought leaders, like Stanford Universities Bill Burnett. Burnett developed the “Designing Your Life” course at the ivy-league university for his graduating seniors, and within a few years, the course had become so popular it is now being used throughout the country to help anyone reach their full, desired potential.

While originally developed for emerging workforce students, the process of finding your “flow”: identifying those moments, actions, and behaviors that elicit pure joy, positive challenges and heightened energy, help people from all walks of life discover their true vocation, or calling. The staff at The Hope Center took these principles and infused them into their vocational curriculum to help clients format their personal and professional journey in life while uncovering their true passion and purpose.

Vocational Rehabilitation“With the incorporation of ‘Design Thinking’ into our Vocational Program, we are helping our clients not only pursue a successful life in recovery, we help them tap into deep-seeded aspirations that they might never have gotten the opportunity to uncover,” says Vocational Program Director Ed Sergison. “Using these concepts to design their future, in addition to offering therapeutic healing, emotional building and soul searching techniques, our clients are leaving our program with a renewed sense of self and purpose, with a path to achieve their potential.”

After an initial meeting to pinpoint each client’s background, education and employment history, the vocational counselors assist them with developing a plan to incorporate education and/or career goals into their transition from a residential environment to an independent atmosphere.

For those looking to begin a new career, the counselors work with each client on an individual basis to assist them with the creation of a proper résumé. A selection of potential referrals are determined, followed by an overview of interview questions and techniques. The counselors pinpoint unique skill sets and interests of the client, and finally reinforce the importance of presentation, including choice of vocabulary, appearance, attitude and preparedness.

Vocational RehabilitationFor those who wish to pursue a furthered education, like acquiring a GED, associate or bachelors degree, or technical certification, the counselors create a specifically tailored roadmap for the client that offers a realistic timeline and financial plan to achieve their educational goals. The client is presented with Federal financial aid forms, scholarship opportunities and grant applications as part of the process, completed together with the counselor to ensure accuracy and thoroughness.

For clients who already have a seasoned work history, The Hope Center for Rehabilitation has a strong local network of professionals who can help clients receive job placement so they can begin working while developing into their long-term recovery process. It is recommended that a client stay 6-9 months under the care of a rehabilitation facility, or in a transitional-living sober environment for the best chance at achieving long-term recovery. With the help of local job placement services, we can, even temporarily, help our clients build a strong foundation for when they are ready to return home full-time.

The goal of this program is to empower clients to pursue a thoughtful, comprehensive growth plan for sustained employment, offering not just financial but emotional stability as well. This can be a daunting, insurmountable goal on one’s own following treatment, so the relationship between client and counselor weeks and months after treatment is critical as it offers the support needed to sustain the effort. They meet in person or via electronic communication to reflect on progress and discuss challenges that arise so the client can stay motivated and encouraged until they have achieved long-term success on their own.

For more information on Vocational Rehabilitation at The Hope Center, contact Program Director Ed Sergison at 631-793-9415 or via email ad Ed@hopecenterrehab.org.

The Hope Center Invests In Your Future

Invest In Your Future with Vocational Rehabilitation

Often, the most difficult part of the recovery process is adjusting to the responsibilities and requirements of real life as well as managing the consequences from addiction. The Hope Center has a staff dedicated to helping clients successfully maneuver back into the real world without the overwhelming stress of having to balance a life of recovery with building back a future by offering Vocational Rehabilitation. This is a process which enables clients to overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining or returning to a normal way of life and employment. In addition, vocational rehabilitation offers opportunities for clients to discover their own hobbies so they can pursue a life they’ve always imagined with a new foundation in recovery.

For those who are still in school, or are looking to advance their education, our on-staff Director of Education aids each client, who can choose to receive tutoring to obtain a GED or diploma. They are also available to help with the application process for colleges or assist in resume building and job placement if a client has already completed their schooling.

For clients who already have a career history and are in need of proper job placement, our facilitators will help with resume building and interview skills. In addition, we have a strong local network of professionals who can help our clients receive job placement so they can begin working during their long-term recovery process. It is recommended that a client stay 6-9 months at a facility for the best chance at achieving long-term sobriety. With the help of local job placement, even temporarily, we can help our clients build a strong foundation for when they are ready to return home full-time.

For clients who are in need of case management, our therapists work on an individual basis with them to ensure their appointments are met and that they are adhering to the guidelines of their judgements. We’ve seen many people become overwhelmed with their legal consequences, resulting in anxiety, depression and often relapse. At the Hope Center, our team is committed to supporting our clients through this often confusing time so they can remain connected to their sobriety, not their sentences.

The Hope Center prides itself on offering residents extra-curricular activities not only to add diversity and enjoyment to the day but to open clients up to activities they may have put on hold, or never even tried in the past. Addiction often takes over the desire to pursue hobbies and other interests in order to use more often. In recovery, we want to deliver our clients activities that will help them reconnect to their former or emerging passions. Some of our specialized activities include yoga, art classes, kayaking, zip-lining, beach trips, movies, paddle boarding, fitness training, snorkeling, wake boarding and group games like softball, soccer and volley ball.

The Hope Center for Rehabilitation, located in Boynton Beach, FL, offers a variety of rehabilitation services including in-patient and out-patient programs to help clients form a foundation of recovery for practically any lifestyle arrangement. To learn more about our services, contact one of our specialists at 1.866.233.1869.