ERIC Number: ED269687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling: Cost/Benefits Ratio.
Demonstrating cost effectiveness for vocational rehabilitative counseling is difficult. Monetary benefits can be assigned to some of the benefits of vocational counseling, such as the benefit of getting a person off unemployment, but not to others, such as improved family relations. It is also difficult to define cost effectiveness because there is no general agreement about who should receive counseling. One veterans' center program chose to include both those clients who were job ready and those who were not into their vocational counseling program. Counselees were divided into three groups for the purpose of demonstrating a positive cost/benefits ratio: (1) Group 1 members, who needed employment and had a goal of job placement; (2) Group 2 members, who needed job training and had a goal of admission to a training or vocational rehabilitation program; and (3) Group 3 members, who suffered from psychological or physical problems which could render them unemployable, and had a goal of either reclassification to Group 1 or 2 or a satisfactory quality of retirement life. This multiple criterion strategy was found to work well. Despite the difficult vocational problems presented, over one-half of the veterans served were successful in meeting goal expectations at termination. Cost effectiveness can be maximized by knowing where jobs and training programs are available. Liaison with other departments and community resources can help combat understaffing. The strategies of multiple criteria, a comprehensive data base and record keeping system, a constantly updated information resource bank, and a team of support personnel can be replicated in other institutions and used to demonstrate cost effectiveness. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).