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Vocational Evaluations and Counseling


This process begins with a thorough evaluation of your educational and work history, current medical status and functional level. If your medical treatment has reached an end point, then detailed information about your functional capabilities and restrictions is especially important. This can be provided by your treating physician or through a Functional Capacity Evaluation.


When the vocational goal is a new job with a new employer, vocational interest and aptitude testing and transferable skills analysis are often used. These tests help determine educational and work skill levels, preferences for job activities, and previously acquired work skills that remain intact despite the injury.


The information gathered in evaluation and testing will be the basis for vocational counseling. You may receive assistance in adjusting to permanent physical restrictions, guidance in selecting vocational goals, and instruction in resume development and job search strategies. Once a job goal has been identified through the counseling process, the next step is to actively seek employment. Your vocational counselor will provide instruction and support services during your job search.

The Donley Center is offering GED Pre-testing and GED Test Preparation to injured workers. The McGraw-Hill test preparation software and workbooks help prepare participants for final testing at their own pace, and are available in the Resource Center. GED Prep Workshops are given every Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM for participants needing assistance with course materials.

An excellent website is available to help our clients obtain their GED, using an on-line learning program that is free to all and accessible with high speed internet. In the Vocational Resource Center here at the Donley Center, our clients can use this program and prepare for the exam. Clients are assigned a human teacher who checks in with them each week and reviews their work on-line. Below are the link and some information.

PBS Literacy Link’s GED Connection: is a stand-alone multimedia learning system that helps adult learners advance toward their GED and improve skills needed at the workplace. Combining video programs, print, and on-line computer technology, GED Connection helps learners develop strategies and practice for success on the GED 2002 exam and beyond.

Visit for information about GED testing and preparation classes provided by the Community College of RI, including GED Pre-Testing in both English and Spanish. GED classes in Spanish are offered by CHisPA (401-467-0111) and Progreso Latino (401-728-5920).

State of RI – LearningExpress Library offers free courses in GED preparation, U.S. Citizenship, Job & Career and Workplace Trainings:

Take a look at our Vocational Resources to discover the many programs and services we offer, including Metrix E-Learning on-line professional training, and a comprehensive career development workshop, all cost-free here at the Donley Center. For more information contact: William Massey (; telephone 401-243-1222).


RI Department of Labor and Training
Dr. John E. Donley Rehabilitation Center
249 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI 02906

Phone: (401) 243-1200
Fax (401) 222-3887
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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