The Professional's Role in Career Preparation for Youth and Adults with Visual Impairments - Recorded

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The Professional’s Role in Career Preparation for Youth and Adults with Visual Impairments

Presented by Karen Wolffe, Ph.D.

sponsored by the AER Psychosocial Services Division

Event took place: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EASTERN time


Price for RECORDED webinar and CE test:  $40 for AER members

                                                                               $75 for non AER members

1.0 CE units for ACVREP or CRCC will be awarded to successfull completion of an online test able viewing webinar


This webinar will focus on career counseling for youth and adults who are blind or have low vision. The emphasis will be on using a cognitive behavioral approach. Counselors, related service providers, or any concerned facilitators will be instructed in how to encourage youth and adults to take a pro-active approach in deciding what careers they’d like to pursue, as well as how to initiate and sustain their job search efforts. It will also cover content relevant to mainstream career counselors, vocational rehabilitation counselors, school guidance counselors, teachers of students with visual impairments, and other professionals providing career-related services to individuals with visual impairments. Participants will learn:

  • How to help youth and adults match themselves to jobs in a chosen career field via self-awareness and career exploration activities.
  • How to assist youth and adults establish action plans and work toward their career goals with job seeking skills training tailored to their career goals.
  • How to promote adolescents’ and adults’ consistent job search efforts through the use of job clubs or similar support group activities.

The webinar will be presented by Dr. Karen Wolffe, who maintains a private practice as a career counselor and consultant in Austin, Texas. Prior to establishing her private practice, Dr. Wolffe worked as the Director of Professional Development at the American Foundation for the Blind, taught correspondence courses for the Hadley School for the Blind and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and was on the faculty at the University of Texas teaching rehabilitation counseling and special education courses. She is the author of Career Counseling for People with Disabilities: A Practical Guide to Finding Employment, Navigating the Rapids of Life: The Transition Tote System, and editor of Skills for Success: A Career Education Handbook for Children and Adolescents with Visual Impairments. She has written and spoken extensively on career preparation, job seeking, and employment.

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