Transitional and Vocational Counseling

Teenagers are not the greatest of forecasters. Let’s face it: Youth keeps most anyone from having the ability to look too far ahead and plan for the future. For them, life is all about what is happening right here and right now.

Yet, at JCFS Therapeutic Day School, young people with disabilities can get a leg up on what’s coming in the months and years leading toward their high-school graduations and the great transition to adulthood through our Transitional and Vocational Services.   Important components of these services include: employment and career preparation, post-secondary education, daily living skills, community participation and adult services.

Our guidance consists of curriculum, services, and supports that use a collaborative effort that includes the student, his family, school staff and even community representatives.   It is a process that builds on itself, with goals that evolve as each student gets older and gains new insights. Transition goals often are addressed within the classroom and with direct service providers. Students explore career interests and post-secondary options through assessment and investigation.  If they are interested in finding part-time employment, they may receive guidance and support from school staff. Services may also be provided in a group format, such as through career education workshops, job readiness trainings/activities, college tours, or life skills group.

Our vocational counselor works one-on-one with referred students to help them prepare for and/or obtain community employment. In addition, the counselor develops relationships with employers in the community to find employment opportunities for our high school students.

Through the School Job Program, students can gain work experience and develop pre-vocational skills through supervised, school-based work opportunities in the classroom and around the school.  Students on the highest level of the behavior system are paid for their job.

Finally, we provide transition support to student and their families by informing them of, or linking them to, community resources, disability benefits, transition-related events, post-secondary education and employment options.