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Introduction to Vocational Rehabilitation
Policies, Practices and Skills

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ISBN 9780415603065
Published August 18, 2011 by Routledge
360 Pages

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Book Description

This text provides an overview of vocational rehabilitation (VR) practice, making it the perfect companion for students and practitioners with an interest in supporting people back to work and improving their sense of health and well-being.

The book is divided into three parts: the first covers the policy context of VR in the UK, defining VR, outlining the development of national standards in the sector, and looking at issues such as the economy and worklessness, and the legal background. The second part examines models of VR practice and relevant standards. It explores the nature of developing services in the public and private sectors, illustrated by case studies from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. The final part presents a detailed introduction to the knowledge and skills required in providing a VR service, including consideration of the multidisciplinary processes and stages involved.

Introduction to Vocational Rehabilitation includes numerous case studies and a dedicated chapter of issues and questions to aid reflection. Comprehensive and evidence-based, this is the first multidisciplinary textbook for students and practitioners from a range of backgrounds, including occupational therapy and health, physiotherapy, human resources, nursing, social work and health psychology.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Health, Disabilty and Worklessness in the UK  1. Recognising Vocational Rehabilitation  2. The Nature of the Problem: Sickness, Disability, Absenteeism, Worklessness and a Developing Compensation Culture  3. The Public Sector Policy Response  4. The Private Sector Response  5. The Legal Context  Part 2: Employment and Disability Services in the UK: Vocational Rehabilitation Practice  6. The Vocational Rehabilitation Service User  7. The Vocational Rehabilitation Service Provider  8. Jobcentre Plus: Employment and Disability Services  9. National Health Service  Part 3: The Vocational Rehabilitation Process: The Application of Skills and Knowledge  10. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling, Multi-Disciplinary Working and Client Case Management  11. The VR Process Stage 1: Initial Evaluation, Inclusion and Rehabilitation Planning  12. The VR Process Stage 2: Assessment  13. The VR Process Stage 3: Pre-placement Support and Job Development  14. The VR Process Stage 4: Placement, Job Retention and Case Closure  15. Considering the Future

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Clive Langman has held senior vocational rehabilitation positions in the public and private sectors. He is a visiting lecturer at City University, UK, and, as a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association’s Professional Development Committee, is involved in training and standards development.


'This is a highly usable resource for all those involved in supporting individuals in accessing, returning to or staying in work. Although it targets the "core" practitioners in Vocational Rehabilitation, this book is also highly relevant to "non-core" practitioners. The author's broad range of experience gives him a unique perspective, providing a clear and comprehensive account of the development of a multi-faceted process for VR. This book will assist practitioners in understanding both their own role and the roles and contributions of others...The identification of key issues and learning outcomes at the start of each section, with the challenging and pertinent student questions at the end of each section, make for a structured learning resource that most practitioners in this field should be able to apply to their own context.' – Christine Parker, University of Salford, UK

'This book is a really excellent overview of the state of vocational rehabilitation in the UK. Clive Langman has drawn heavily on his extensive experience as a practitioner and his impressive scholarship, which has made it possible for him to provide a comprehensive review of the literature.' – Mike Floyd, City University, UK