What is the vocational counselors role in a work hardening program?
The vocational counselors may: • Identify potential work hardening candidates. • Facilitate referrals to a work hardening program, if approved by the physician and authorized by the claim manager. • Provide a job analysis for the job goal. • Explore return-to-work options with workers in order to identify a job goal. • Assist in the development of job modifications, if appropriate. They may also: • Communicate with work hardening program staff. • Attend conferences as needed. • Work with the work hardening team to facilitate a transition to work if appropriate at the completion of the program.