(804) 278-9151

4807 Radford Ave #106 Richmond, VA 23230

info@thechoicegroup.com

Skills Training

Focusing on the development of competitive computer skills, the objective of this service is to complete an analysis of current computer skills and provide individualized computer skills training sufficient for the individual to possess a level of competence commensurate with entry-level requirements, absent typing speed.  The service is designed for individuals who have the physical and cognitive skills necessary to learn to use and utilize a personal computer.  Eligibility includes at least a basic level of competence typing on a keyboard.  The instruction process uses audio, video, and hands-on activities, and includes testing and assessment of the outcomes.

Community Support Services (CSS) serve individuals with non-neurological disabilities, to include: developmental disabilities, long-term mental illness, and physical disabilities. Also served are individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury or other types of acquired brain injury (stroke, tumor, anoxia, etc.). Services are provided on an individualized basis to enhance the client’s capacity to process and interpret information and improve their ability to function in social, vocational, educational, and other community environments on a daily basis.

A comprehensive approach is utilized to improve functions such as attention, memory, problem-solving, reasoning, judgement, conceptualizing, and appropriate social interactions, and to teach compensatory strategies utilizing items such as schedules, checklists, memory books and assistive technology.

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View our Community Services Program Description

Currently have the following – no changes at this time:

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  • INDIVIDUAL - The goal of counseling is to provide a safe, accepting, non-judgmental place where individuals can explore issues in confidence. A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) listens to the client, and respects his/her individuality and right to make decisions. The LPC and the client become a team and explore the individual’s strengths, values, fears and difficulties to address the issues that are identified as priorities. The collaborative goal will be to develop in the individual a sense of confidence and emotional well-being.

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  • COUPLE – Many committed relationships get stuck. Partners interpret life events through the filter of their life experiences, many of them having occurred before the relationship. They may develop and mature along separate paths and realize that maintaining their love will require some assistance. Sometimes a few sessions will help them; other times it may take longer.

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  • CAREER COUNSELING – Combines Career Assessments and Individual Counseling techniques to explore an individual’s strengths, past successes, current interests, skills, and other pertinent issues involved in making a career decision, with short-term and long-term goals.

Customized Employment

Customized employment means:  Individualizing the employment relationship between employees and employers in ways that meet the needs of both.  It is based on an individualized determination of the strengths, needs and interests of the person with a disability, and is also designed to meet the specific needs of the employer.  It may include employment developed through job-carving, self-employment or entrepreneurial initiatives, or other job development of restructuring strategies that result in job responsibilities being customized and individually negotiated to fit the needs of the individual with a disability.  (Federal Register, June 26, 2002, Vol. 67. No. 123 pp 43149 – 43154).

Job Coach Enabled Positive Behavioral Supports

After a client is successfully employed and a behavior challenge arises on the job site, a Vocational Counselor may provide behavior interventions at the workplace.  The interventions will be based on the recommendations of the Behavior Support Plan written by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.  On-going data collection at the job site and analysis of the data will help inform progress decisions.

PEERS® Curriculum

The Choice Group is proud to offer PEERS® Curriculum training for young adults. Developed by UCLA, this evidence-based approach offers young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are motivated to make friends but who have difficulty with social skills, an opportunity to participate in a 16-week skills training intervention. Classes center around instruction and supports which teach social skills; didactic instruction, role-play demonstrations, behavioral ehearsal activities, and homework all help promote generalization of the skills learned in the young adult’s home, community, and workplace environments. Classes typically meet during a weekday evening, and last for 90 minutes.

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Group sessions also require the participation of a Social Coach (typically a parent/caregiver) who meet together at the same time as the young adults. Social Coaches learn how to support young adults with practicing the skills being learned and coaching them through homework exercises. Groups do not exceed 8 participants. The young adult group is for individuals aged 18-29 who are motivated to make friends and can commit to attending all sessions with their social coach.

In response to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) requirements,

the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) developed services to focus on youth

with vision impairments. These services include

  • Overview, Career Exploration and Counseling
  • Workplace Readiness Skills Training
  • Exploratory Work-Based Learning
  • Work-Based Learning Experiences

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The Choice Group collaborates with individual clients, families, DBVI Counselors, and employers

to provide support to the transitioning youth by exploring career interests/abilities and

postsecondary educational/training programs.

Responding to the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), and the stated needs of special education teachers, transition coordinators, and pre-employment counselors, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) developed an array of services to meet the needs of transitioning youth and students.   These services focused on the following areas:

  • After-School Pathways – this job-readiness club takes place in high-schools during or after-school hours and focuses on the five core areas outlined in the WIOA:
  • Job exploration counseling
  • Work-based learning experiences
  • Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary education/training programs
  • Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living
  • Instruction in self-advocacy

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  • After-School Pathways Work Readiness Training – Similar to the After-School Pathways model, this curriculum focuses solely on Workplace Readiness Training (WRT) to prepare students for work-based learning and community-based work experiences.
  • Individual Work-Based Learning Experiences (WBLE) Exploratory Extension – one-on-one services to explore areas of work including touring employers and jobs and attending informational interviews. 
  • Individual Work Experience (WE) Intensive Extension – students are supported in securing appropriate internship, volunteer or paid work experience placements in the community.
  • Individual Work Readiness Travel Training – Highly individualized Work Readiness Training (WRT) services designed to provide one-to-one skill building to develop increased navigation independence in the community for work and school.  Services include travel skills assessments, and the support of students with disabilities in learning to ride public transportation and navigate community resources.
  • Road Trip to Discovery Tours! – group services that provide summer tours of industries and post-secondary institutions.

Project SEARCH

The goal for each program participant is competitive employment. To reach that goal, the program provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent-living skills to help young people with significant disabilities make successful transitions to productive adult life. The Project SEARCH model involves an extensive period of skills training and career exploration, innovative adaptations, long-term job coaching, and continuous feedback from teachers, skills trainers, and employers. As a result, at the completion of the training program, students with significant intellectual [and developmental] disabilities are employed in nontraditional, complex and rewarding jobs. In addition, the presence of a Project SEARCH program can bring about long-term changes in business culture that have far-reaching positive effects on attitudes about hiring people with disabilities and the range of jobs in which they can be successful.  

(from https://www.projectsearch.us/transition-to-work/ on 5/15/19)

Supported Employment

Individuals with disabilities are placed in an integrated work setting in the community, consistent with their interests and strengths. The individual is employed by the business. The Choice Group provides ongoing support services through Job Coaches or Vocational Counselors, who gradually decrease supports as the individual becomes more proficient. Optimally, a system of “natural supports” is developed within the workplace.

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Referrals for this service come from:

  • Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
  • Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
  • Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) under the Medicaid Waiver program

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View our Supported Employment Program Description

As an approved service provider to the Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS), The Choice Group helps unemployed TANF and TANF-eligible participants obtain and retain employment, obtain wage increases, and start on a career pathway.  The focus of services is Employment Supports, including:

  • Comprehensive Assessments
  • Vocational Assessments and Vocational Evaluations
  • Situational Assessments as a DARS-approved vendor with CARF accreditation
  • Community Support Services as a DARS-approved vendor with CARF accreditation
  • SSI/SSDI Application Support and Work Incentive Analyses from DARS-approved Work Incentives Specialist Advocates (WISAs) and SSA-approved Ticket to Work services provider

Therapeutic Behavior Services

Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) support clients with behaviors that interfere with successful integration at work, home, educational institutes and in the community. A wide range of individualized behavior supports can be provided by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a team of Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) to meet our clients’ needs from complex behavioral concerns that pose significant challenges to a consultative approach. After identifying the behavior of concern, a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is conducted in order to make informed decisions in the development of a Behavior Support Plan (BSP). Utilizing the client’s strengths, the BSP helps develop, teach, and increase appropriate and acceptable replacement behaviors. On-going data collection and analysis helps inform program decisions.

Therapeutic Consultation

Therapeutic Consultation provides expertise, training, and technical assistance to family members, caregivers, and service providers to support individuals with challenging behaviors. After identifying the behavior of concern, a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is conducted in order to make informed decisions in the development of a Behavior Support Plan (BSP). Utilizing the client’s strengths, the BSP helps develop, teach, and increase appropriate and acceptable replacement behaviors. On-going data collection and analysis helps inform program decisions.

The Ticket to Work program was created by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (TWWIIA), and The Choice Group has provided services as an approved Employment Network (EN) since 2009. The goal of the program is to increase self-sufficiency for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities. The program matches beneficiaries who want to work and transition off cash benefits with the unique supports they need from ENs to prepare for employment, find an appropriate job, and become stable and independent in it. A major component of the program is helping beneficiaries understand their SSI/SSDI benefits, the effects that earned income will have on those benefits, how to protect their health benefits,

and the Work Incentives available to help them bridge the gap to self-sufficiency.

Vocational Evaluation

The Choice Group is approved by the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) to provide Vocational Evaluations.  These evaluations typically consist of individually selected tests, assessments and inventories designed to help the individual and those providing vocational services to understand current interests, aptitudes, and personality type, resulting in a recommended vocational goal.  The availability of positions in the individual’s geographic area is taken into consideration, so recommendations are region-specific.

Trained WISA staff are authorized by the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) to provide clear explanations about those benefits to individuals who receive disability benefits, and, as authorized to their advocates and referring DARS Counselors, DBVI Counselors, and Case Managers, the effects earned income will have on them, the availability of work incentives to help the individual transition to self-sufficiency, and how to protect health benefits. Once these issues have been addressed, individuals can make informed decisions about going to work.

4807 Radford Ave # 106, 

Richmond, VA 23230

(804) 278-9151

info@thechoicegroup.com

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