GVS uses a variety of evidence-based practices to foster vocational rehabilitation and mental health recovery. Some of GVS supported employment and education services include:
Group or one to one return to work (RTW) readiness
Career exploration support
Occupational therapy vocational assessments
Psychological vocational assessments
Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
Mental health coping strategies for the workplace
Computer skills assessment and training
Work experience placements
Customized employment services
Competitive job search
Job maintenance support
Supported education services
GVS staff collaborates with each person to determine an individualized vocational plan that tailors services to meet their needs and goals. For example, some people participate in supported work experience placements to further develop their work readiness, boost their confidence and stamina, while others participate in work experience placements to 'test drive' an industry as part of their career exploration. Career exploration can involve an in depth assessment by a clinician and/or supported research and informational interviews. Another example of services is supported education. This may include identifying realistic education programs needed for achieving employment, sourcing educational funding, assisting with arranging the appropriate school accommodations, academic upgrading and /or enrolling in further education.
Gastown Vocational Services (GVS), in partnership with Open Door Group and with Pacific Community Resources Society, and the Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC) assists eligible clients with a mental health disability to attain meaningful employment, community attachment and/or to access educational / skill training programs to support their vocational goals.
The GVS Occupational Therapists and Job Developers have specialized mental health training and experience in relating to and accommodating for this population. The GVS approach offers each individual client a highly supported strength based approach, providing a flexible range of options designed to assist each client to reach their employment or volunteer goal.
The Youth and Young Adult Program (YYAP) assists youth and young adults to obtain work experience, employment and/or to access educational and skill training programs. One-to-one job coaching and supported employment services are delivered to each 16-29 year old referred to the program.
GVS Occupational Therapists and Job Developers have specialized training and experience in relating to and accommodating for this unique population. A smaller caseload of youth clients allows the YYAP staff to offer individualized, highly supported, flexible employment and educational planning and supports.
This unique population demands flexibility in the type of services provided, the way in which services are delivered and the pace in which the goal of work experience/education/employment is attained. Referred youth often have little or no previous work experience, and benefit from vocational support during this transitional stage of life.
living with a mental health condition
currently receiving mental health treatment with support from psychiatrist, psychologist OR general practitioner
between the ages of 16 - 65 years old
in a stable living situation
living in the district of Vancouver
Attend a Monthly Information Session - You need to attend one of our monthly information sessions that are held on the second Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., however this date is subject to change so you will need to register to secure a seat.
Register ? call reception to book an information session at (604) 675-2535 extension "0" and the office staff will be pleased to book you into the next available.
Location ? #288 ? 2750 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver. Between Slocan and Kaslo, above the Shoppers Drug Mart.
What to expect ? The information session provides an overview of the program and what is offered at Gastown Vocational Services. It is also an opportunity to ask questions and to obtain and review program handouts. Occupational therapists facilitate the information sessions and are available to assist with applications or to answer any questions. You will not need to bring a resume or other employment information with you to the information session. Should you be interested in applying for our program, GVS staff will assist you with completing the referral form. Should you not wish to apply ? that is your choice. There is no obligation to register. All programs are voluntary.
Who can register? ? Information sessions are open to family members and / or supports of clients. Mental health staff (community and hospital), students and visitors may also attend the information session; however priority will be given to clients and their family members and / or supports. As our program is voluntary, there is no obligation to commit and attending is for information only. Refreshments are provided.
Submit referral form ? Referrals for the YYAP program are to be completed and submitted to GVS office by the youth's mental health worker, MCFD worker, private psychiatrist or general practitioner. Please contact GVS office to obtain a YYAP referral form.
What to expect ? Upon acceptance of referral, an Occupational Therapist or a Job Developer will contact the youth or young adult to book an intake appointment.