During the first meeting, the facilitator will want to discuss the process of working through the model and its purpose. The following three topics need to be considered and reviewed:
After reviewing some of the basic model concepts, it is time to start using the model. The initial problem to solve will be “What are my career and job goals?” Initial efforts to solve the first problem can be quite broad. Part of the learning process includes learning to narrow job and career focus, setting more realistic goals, and creating more ambitious or focused action plans. The following materials provide a review of the questions for Phase 1 and facilitator Objectives for each of the four consumer questions.
Question 1: The first question to answer in Phase 1 is “What career and job do I want?” The facilitator should encourage the person with the disability to explore desired outcomes, identify current skills, determine what needs to be done to achieve the outcome, and to develop a goal to achieve the outcome.
There are three facilitator objectives under Question 1. The first facilitator objective encourages the person to examine his or her interests, preferences, values, and beliefs. Spend enough time on this so that the person with the disability can identify their own strengths and abilities. This focus on strengths can be empowering. The information obtained from identifying strengths and abilities can be used across all aspects of the model from developing a goal to evaluating the outcome. The second facilitator objective supports the person with the disability to identity what he or she has already learned about the job and career. This provides an assessment of strengths upon which the facilitator can build. The third objective is to prioritize career and job options based upon preferences and what has been learned about their strengths. The person with the disability may need support in prioritizing job or career options. Resources such as time, money, or materials may influence this order as well.
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