Webinar Series: Evidence-Based Practice and Vocational Rehabilitation

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) is collaborating with the American Institutes for Research to support webcasts and a Community of Practice that examine issues and challenges around evidence-based practice and vocational rehabilitation (VR). To date there are six archived Webinars:

Knowledge Translation: From Research to VR Service Delivery

Should practice guidelines be developed for VR service delivery? This webcast was a discussion with a rehabilitation researcher, a VR educator, and a VR practitioner around practice guidelines: what they are, how they are developed in other disciplines, and if they could be helpful to VR counselors and consumers.

VR Counselors' Use of Evidenced-Based Practices Involving Motivational Interviewing

This webcast followed the thread of the relationship between research and practice as it relates to the use of “motivational interview (MI)” techniques by VR counselors. MI is a counseling approach that facilitates and engages the intrinsic motivation of the client to change behaviors. Evolved from experience in the treatment of problem drinking, MI has been applied in many sectors, including VR.

Individual Placement and Support Model of Supported Employment

This Webinar examines how the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment has influenced VR counselor practice and behavior. Presenters include the co-founder of the IPS model, a NIDRR-funded researcher, and a VR agency representative. They discuss how research about IPS can be used to support VR practice and how practice guidelines can be useful in supporting VR practitioners in implementing IPS.

Guideposts for Success to Support Employment Transition

This dialogue with a researcher, a policymaker, and a VR practitioner is a discussion of the research, policy, and VR practice surrounding the use of the Guideposts for Success program, to support the employment transition of youths with disabilities.

Returning to Work After Burn Injury

This Webinar presents a dialogue with a researcher, a VR agency director, and a VR counselor to discuss how research about employment after burn injury can support VR practice, and how practice guidelines can be useful in supporting VR practitioners in working with clients with burn injuries. The presenters examined the research and its evidence base, key issues to consider for returning to work after burn injury, and some VR practices for this population.

Employment After Traumatic Brain Injury

In this Webinar, a researcher, a state head injury coordinator, and a VR practitioner examine the research, policy, and VR practice surrounding return to work following a traumatic brain injury.


This webcast series is supported through the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR), grant #H133A120012 to SEDL from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Copyright © 2015 SEDL, an Affiliate of American Institutes for Research.