Introduction

The George Washington University Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education, in partnership with San Diego State University and the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, is pleased to introduce our newly created Center for Innovative Training in Vocational Rehabilitation (CIT-VR). *

The Center’s focus is on developing innovative methods to train VR personnel to support the work of State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies in delivering high-quality rehabilitation services and to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

In Year 1 of the project, CIT-VR will select 10 states to receive access to online training modules for their personnel that focuses on core components of the rehabilitation process including:

  • Basics of VR: Overview of the State-Federal Program
  • Eligibility Determination
  • Conducting a comprehensive assessment
  • Developing an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)
  • Job development and placement
  • Case closure

The Center will also offer a number of webinars that all agencies can participate on a variety of topical areas based on the results of an assessment of training needs of State VR agencies, as well offering participation in virtual Communities of Practice.

Contact information:

Dr. Maureen McGuire-Kuletz, Principle Investigator:  mkuletz@gwu.edu

John C. Walsh, Project Director:  jcwalsh@gwu.edu

*This project is funded through a grant from the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration under the Innovative Rehabilitation Training Program (CFDA 84.263C).


Application

In order to be considered to be one of the 10 State VR agencies selected to receive the online training modules, states were required to complete the online application process. 

Applications were due by:  Friday, February 28, 2020.

The Center has developed a rubric to assist in the selection of those agencies that will be part of the Year 1 cohort. Applications are now being reviewed.