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Abstract Details for Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) Institute Instructional Video Descriptions

The primary purpose of the TVR Institute is to meet the vocational rehabilitation training needs of American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) programs. More information about the Institute can be found at The videos were created with tribal vocational rehabilitation staff in mind and are embedded in the TVR Institute’s classes. All videos are captioned for those with hearing disabilities. The videos are teaching tools, intended for TVR staff and other individuals who work in social services fields. The videos intentionally include problems and questionable techniques for students to identify and discuss, as well as examples of situations, both common and challenging, that counselors might find themselves in. Most videos depict one of two scenarios, each following a program participant and their TVR counselor as they navigate the TVR process from the very beginning. In the first scenario, “Derek” and his counselor “Jamie” work through managing his substance use disorder and cognitive disability to find him gainful employment with the tribal housing authority. Scenario Two follows 18-year-old “Cheyenne”, a high school student with mild spastic cerebral palsy, and her counselor “Dawn” as they work to find her a job after high school. There are also three standalone videos to address other parts of the TVR process not encountered in the scenarios. These videos cover topics such as job interviewing skills, counselor intake skills, and confidentiality. These instructional videos were developed and produced by the Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) Institute at Northwest Indian College through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, under the Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations program (PR/Award Number H315C150002).