BHOPAL REHABILITATION CONSULTING
Personal, Professional & Proven  
Personal, Professional
& Proven
Vocational Rehabilitation Solutions
Vocational
Rehabilitation Solutions

Serving Nanaimo, Duncan and Victoria
- British Columbia

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About Mark Bhopal

BA, RVP, RRP, RTWDM, CVRP, CCVE, ICVE

Since 2001, Mark has offered a broad range of vocational rehabilitation services to individuals living with a variety of disabling conditions on Vancouver Island.

He served a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (BC Society). Mark is a Registered Vocational Professional (RVP), a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP), a Return to Work Disability Manager (RTWDM), a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP), a Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator (CCVE), an International Certified Vocational Evaluator (ICVE), as well as a Certified Job Club Leader (JCLT). He is a member in good standing of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRAC), the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals, the Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals (VECAP), and the Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies and has completed additional post-graduate studies in Vocational Assessments. This has given him the expertise necessary to successfully select, administer and interpret a wide variety of vocational psychometric instruments. Mark also possesses diplomas in Microcomputers and Criminology.

Mark’s practice is client-centered, and he seeks to empower people with disabilities to break down their barriers to employment. He believes, “the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”

In his spare time, you will find Mark enjoying outdoor activities, coaching men’s soccer, and keeping physically fit.

When working with me, you can expect an honest and professional opinion.

Since 2001, Mark has offered a broad range of vocational rehabilitation services to individuals living with a variety of disabling conditions on Vancouver Island.

He served a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (BC Society). Mark is a Registered Vocational Professional (RVP), a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP), a Return to Work Disability Manager (RTWDM), a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP), a Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator (CCVE), an International Certified Vocational Evaluator (ICVE), as well as a Certified Job Club Leader (JCLT). He is a member in good standing of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRAC), the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals, the Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals (VECAP), and the Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies and has completed additional post-graduate studies in Vocational Assessments. This has given him the expertise necessary to successfully select, administer and interpret a wide variety of vocational psychometric instruments. Mark also possesses diplomas in Microcomputers and Criminology.

Mark’s practice is client-centered, and he seeks to empower people with disabilities to break down their barriers to employment. He believes, “the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”

In his spare time, you will find Mark enjoying outdoor activities, coaching men’s soccer, and keeping physically fit.

When working with me, you can expect an honest and professional opinion.

Services

The Punjabi language specialist provides comprehensive translation and interpreting service, catering to both private individuals and businesses. This interpreting service involves the translation of Punjabi to English and English to Punjabi.

This involves an assessment of the individual’s disability in relationship to return to work planning. It involves analyzing medical information outlining limitations and restrictions that may present a barrier(s) to employment. This may require the treating medical specialist to complete a medical clearance form which assists with pre-vocational and/or vocational planning. The Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant assesses the individual’s disability management strategies (coping mechanisms/triggers) and/or assists with vocational recommendations.

The Case Manager arranges services and ensures that individuals living with disabilities progress efficiently through the rehabilitation process, completes case reviews at proper intervals, and maintains fiscal responsibility.

The Case Manager assumes responsibility for some, or all of the following:
• Administering intake assessment;
• Interviewing and counselling;
• Assisting with goal setting and accessing community resources;
• Arranging third-party referral for on-going assessment;
• Collaborate with medical practitioner(s) and plan treatment rehabilitation services;
• Integrate medical and vocational plans;
• Communicate with treating rehabilitation professionals;
• Linking assessment results to practice and intervention;
• Coordination of Vocational Training Programs;
• Achieve successful return to work outcomes while helping to reduce the financial costs;
• Evaluate options and services that will meet the needs of the individual with a disability.

Level 1
Screening: the initial process designed to arrive at a decision for providing additional services. This assessment typically consists of interviews, limited psychometric testing, and the collection of background information.

Level 2
Clinical: this intermediate process involves a detailed case study, in-depth vocational counselling, and/or psychometric test results. It may also include an analysis of transferable skills and job matching.

Level 3
Vocational Evaluation: the comprehensive process that systematically uses either real or simulated work as a focal point for assessment and vocational exploration; the purpose is to assist individuals in vocational development. The vocational evaluation process incorporates medical, psychological, social, vocational, educational, cultural, and economic data. In addition, this process includes a comprehensive report.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant successfully selects, administers and interprets level “B” assessment tools, such as achievement tests, aptitude tests, interest tests, personality tests, transferable skills tests, work values, and emotional intelligence tests.

A plan is designed to identify and achieve the employment objectives of the individual consistent with his/her unique strengths, resources, priorities, abilities and capabilities. The plan includes a statement of the short-term, intermediate and long-term rehabilitation goals and specific vocational rehabilitation services including an assessment of the need for post-employment services. The IWRP is jointly developed, agreed upon, and signed by the eligible individual and his/her Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant.

To empower an individual to make informed decisions, deal with disclosure issues, and to build self-confidence and assertiveness. The individual is reminded to keep a dairy of daily activities and to maintain established organizational strategies. The individual acquires oral and written communication strategies and personal budgeting skills. The Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant assists the individual to obtain and/or regain skills in personal care, independent living, how to access community resources and the importance of participating in leisure activities. Additionally, this may involve having the individual participate in volunteer and/or work experience activities to assess job suitability and job readiness.

To develop an accurate identification of skills, abilities, interests and aptitudes to assist in formulating a comprehensive and realistic vocational rehabilitation plan in collaboration with the individual. This process involves an assessment of individual needs accomplished through interviewing sessions and standardized testing.

This process usually requires medical endorsement by the treating physician(s). Transitional work is generally developed by integrating any combination of job tasks and functions which may be performed safely by an employee whereby his/her physical and/or mental capacity to perform functional job demands has been compromised. This program provides the individual with job accommodations and an opportunity to gradually “transition” back to work through conditioning, safe work practices/education, and work re-adjustment. Additionally, the individual is paid during the program.

Essential components of an on-site program include:
• Objective worker evaluation(s);
• An analysis of job tasks and physical functions;
• Designating jobs or work transition stages;
• On-site supervision; and
• A gradual return to work plan that increases the worker’s capacity to return to full duty.

To assist the individual with the following: resume and cover letter preparation, occupational informational interviews, interview preparation and participation in mock interviews, dealing with the disclosure of disability(s), how to conduct effective labour market research, proper use of thank you letters/cards for potential employers, identifying transferable skills & strengths that match a job, networking & promoting yourself, obtaining employment and job maintenance strategies, goal setting, the benefits of work trials, tapping into the hidden job market, internet job search engines, job leads list, completing application forms, employer contact techniques and obtaining effective references.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant provides one-on-one computer tutoring sessions. The individual living with a disability will learn computer, internet, and email basics, internet security, MS office suite, Windows operating system, and personal budgeting.

This process usually requires medical endorsement by the treating physician(s) and this allows the individual to participate in a job shadowing and/or work experience program. This assists the individual in understanding the actual demands of the job. The individual is able to gain valuable experience and first-hand knowledge of jobs to assist with vocational decision making. The individual is able to understand how his/her disability impacts their ability to perform the essential tasks on the worksite.

This process usually requires medical endorsement by the treating physician. The Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant contacts businesses and industries for the purpose of placing individuals with disabilities in competitive employment or on-the-job training stations. The Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant analyzes the job with respect to the individual’s capabilities and consults with the individual and employer in recommending him/her for a specific job. The Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant may provide follow-up services to the individual on the worksite.

The individual living with a disability is monitored by the Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant at the worksite and provided with natural supports to reinforce and stabilize employment. This process allows the professional to observe the individuals performance and assist with managing ongoing training challenges.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant provides one-on-one assistance to the individual in job placement, travel training, skill training at the job site, ongoing assessment, and long-term assessment.

This process involves the gathering, evaluation, and recording of accurate, objective, and complete job data.

Job task analysis identifies and describes in a systematic and comprehensive, but succinct manner:
• What the individual does in terms of activities or function;
• How the work is done, the methods, techniques, or processes involved, and the work devices used;
• Results of the work, the goods produced, services rendered, or materials used;
• Individual’s characteristics, the skills, knowledge, abilities, and adaptations needed to accomplish the tasks involved.
It also identifies the context of the work in terms of environmental and organizational factors and the nature of the individual’s discretion, responsibility, or accountability.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant provides assistance with business maintenance or start-up (pre-entrepreneurial assessment). To assist with targeting markets, marketing strategies, development of strategies to improve the bottom line, addressing accountability, prioritizing and delegating tasks, and recognizing the importance of reducing stress and/or burnout. To provide support and assistance in the following areas:
• Gain clarity about your business and life objectives.
• Evaluate your business to determine its strengths and weaknesses.
• Develop a profitable business plan with specific objectives, strategies that will work for you and an effective action plan.
• Resolve problems and build reserves.
• Determine your competitive advantage.
• Build a variety of strategic alliances, make connections and network smarter.
• Locate resources and hire an assistant.
• Gain a new perspective on your challenges.
• Create new products or services.
• Stay on track and focused on the professional and personal goals you’ve set.
• Celebrate the many wins, work through the challenges.

To provide assistance and support in creating a realistic business plan which includes the following list: an executive summary, table of contents, products or services offered, marketing analysis, marketing plan, assembling a management team, financial information, such as sources and uses of funds, financial assumptions and cash flow projections. The business plan development process requires extensive labour market research which should incorporate a feasibility study.

Current data that projects the availability and growth or decline of jobs or occupational areas (clusters) within a specific geographic region (e.g. city, province, region, or nation). LMI also includes specific job titles, salaries, job responsibilities, requirements, and demands within specific businesses and companies as well as within general occupational definitions.

This analysis is conducted to determine what an individual’s past work and work-related experiences qualify them to do. The TSA involves an assessment of the individual skill strengths, determination which job the individual with a disability wants to pursue, labour market analysis, and disability limitations and restrictions. The TSA report will identify several jobs for which the individual with a disability has transferable skills to perform and which are consistent with his/her education, training and experience.

The gathering and analysis of comprehensive information from the individual, the employer, and the worksite, in order to identify the employers functions, work schedules, workplace, work postures/methods, physical demands, required vocational training/certification, and utilization of equipment/vehicle/tools. The appraisal involves an analysis of environmental conditions, such as vision and hearing demands, psychological demands, physiological demands, essential job functions, reasonable accommodations, marginal job functions, and critical job demands. This intervention may involve consulting with an Occupational Therapist.

This intervention orients the individual with a disability to a new work setting and assists the individual in understanding the demands of the new work environment. To interpret production standards and expectation for work behaviour and to relate these to the individual during the work adjustment phase. To recommend specific tasks and experiences that may provide personal growth and help plan other services that would enhance the individuals work adjustment.

Bhopal Rehabilitation Consulting provides individuals living with disabilities WCB coverage for participating in a work placement, vocational rehabilitation and evaluation program. The Workers Compensation Act provides coverage for volunteer placements, work experience placements and job shadowing agreements. This type of protection allows individuals to work in a risk-free environment.

This comprehensive report usually requires three, one-on-one interviews with an individual (new referral). The structured interviews gather pertinent information regarding the individual’s rehabilitation and persisting health problems. The report captures the individual’s medications, medical team, disabilities, chronology of short-term and/or long-term disability claim, daily living activities and tasks, limitations, vocational status, psychological factors, psychosocial aspects, rehabilitation plan/recommendations, pain management issues, substance abuse issues, projected budget and so forth.

This type of report captures the individual’s progress to date in a vocational plan. A vocational plan is a process that evolves over time with short-term, mid-term and long-term goals. The report outlines the individual’s current progress and addresses any concerns or barriers to employment which arise. A progress report includes recommendations and a projected budget.

Philosophy

MISSION STATEMENT

To promote the awareness of disability, equality & inclusive employment.

 

BUSINESS PRACTICES

Mark utilizes a medical and an empowerment model framework. He builds trust and rapport with individuals to assist them with securing suitable employment. This includes an investigation of the biopsychosocial aspects of an individual’s pre-disability and post-disability lifestyle.

Bhopal Rehabilitation Consulting has created working alliances with various rehabilitation and healthcare professionals. This team approach allows Mark to gather valuable information to assist with the return to work process. Bhopal Rehabilitation Consulting also has experience interpreting and understanding rehabilitation and healthcare reports.

Mark uses the following Return to Work Hierarchy Model:

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RTW with pre-disability employer; pre-disability occupation, with modifications, if required;

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RTW with pre-disability employer; different occupation, with modifications, if required;

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RTW with different employer; pre-disability occupation, with modifications, if required;

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RTW with different employer; different occupation, with modifications, if required;

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RTW by re-training in a different occupation;

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RTW in self-employment.

ETHICS

Mark adheres to the ethical principles as set out by the College of Vocational and Rehabilitation Professionals and the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada.

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Autonomy – Respect the rights of clients

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Beneficence – Do good to others

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Non-Maleficence – Avoid causing harm to others

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Justice – Be fair and avoid discrimination


Fidelity – To be honest

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Informed Consent – Ensure the client knows what information is being collected

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Confidentiality – Respect privacy and the nature of the confidentiality limits

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Release of Data – Provide necessary information to recipients while protecting confidentiality

Professional Designations

MEMBERSHIPS

College of Vocational Rehabilitation
Professionals (CVRP)

Vocational Rehabilitation Association
of Canada (VRAC)

Canadian Assessment, Vocational
Evaluation & Work Adjustment
Society (CAVEWAS)

The Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals (VECAP)

TITLES

Registered Vocational
Professional (RVP)

Registered Rehabilitation
Professional (RRP)

Return to Work
Disability Manager (RTWDM)

Certified Vocational Rehabilitation
Professional (CVRP)

Canadian Certified Vocational
Evaluator (CCVE)

International Certified Vocational
Evaluator (ICVE)

Testimonials

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I had been caught in the "system" before I met Mark - discharged from the hospital, with no idea of what resources were available to help me with my rehabilitation. Mark listened to my concerns and responded with solutions that have helped me to focus on my recovery goals and stay positive. He went above and beyond to make sure that my needs were met and provided consistent communication. I don't want to think about where I would be without him.

L.A.
Victoria, B.C.

Mark Bhopal helped me through a difficult time in my career when I was already having a difficult time in my home and family. Most importantly, Mark helped me to search out and find a suitable new employer after more than a decade of self-employment. Then, Mark helped me to secure a suitable work environment, including ergonomic adaptations. He also supported me in my personal adaptation to being an employee in a new city while my family remained where I came from. All the while, Mark was personally and professionally committed to my success. One year after Mark stepped in, my basic career goals of that time have been achieved, that success has lasted, and I am better adapted to continue succeeding.

G.H.
Nanaimo, B.C.

Mark, you were instrumental in my efforts to secure employment. Your job search methods are focused and current to the job market we had discussed during our exploratory interviews. I find your skills in the employment field refreshing and would highly recommend you to anyone seeking employment in today's job market. Thank you, Mark.

J.C.
Duncan, B.C.

Mark Bhopal was very supportive and instrumental with my rehabilitation plan after my motor vehicle accident. Mark assisted me with making an informed decision regarding retraining which resulted in me obtaining a suitable job with a bright future. He is a real professional that made a difference in my life. Thank you for guiding me towards a new career path.

C.H.
Victoria, B.C.

There are many resources/services available to an individual living with a disability, but someone must guide you to the right resources in the community. I was grateful to have Mark on my side as he went above and beyond to get me a free computer which assisted me in the job search process and on-line courses. He demonstrated a high level of expertise as a vocational rehabilitation counselor which ultimately helped me find the right job.

L.D.
Ladysmith, B.C.

I was involved in a bad car crash and was injured quite severely. I spent the next few years in rehab working real hard to get my body back together. As I got ready to face the world again, I felt extremely vulnerable and uncertain of my future and work possibilities. I was so grateful when ICBC hired Mark Bhopal to be my vocational counsellor. It was an uplifting and very positive experience to work with Mark. He was very encouraging, attentive and sensitive in his dealings with me. He allowed me to expand my "career" horizons and see the many opportunities still open for me. With his focus on creating a winning situation for me, I was able to clearly see my strengths and let go of my limitations. Mark comes from his heart and you can truly feel his sincerity to support in whatever way he can. He is also an incredible "community resource" person who knows the ins' and outs' of government and community services. I so admire his generosity of spirit and am deeply thankful for the part he played in my recovery.

T.D.
Victoria, B.C.

I am a survivor of a terrible car accident that left me with a brain injury. I feel very fortunate that I was introduced to Mark. He was my vocational counselor, computer tutor, and major support person. His teaching skills, professionalism, patience and understanding helped me regain my confidence to get myself back into the workforce. I am employed after four years of recovery. I would recommend Mark very highly to anyone requiring Vocational Rehabilitation services.

L.L.
Duncan, B.C.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Mark Bhopal for helping me find a new and exciting career. After meeting with Mark and discussing my work history and interests, he was able to come up with ideas and job leads. I think Mark has unique insight and a gift for matching potential employers and employees. He also has a finger on the pulse of what is going on in our community with his ties based on integrity, honesty and well-earned trust. Mark has desirable leadership qualities and he certainly worked hard at inspiring and bolstering confidence in me. When Mark put me onto the job lead that led to my new job, I was hired within two days of my interview. I realize I had to sell myself to the employer, but thank you Mark for showing me the doors to knock on.

P.M.
Duncan, B.C.

It would not be doing justice to say Mark Bhopal is highly educated and well trained in his specialized field. There are many personal skills and qualities that may not show up on a resume. These real life attributes are what put Mark at the top of his field. My case was a difficult one. I had worked with many other professional people to no avail. Mark worked with me and listened very well. Mark got me focused on many fronts. He was always positive minded and made me feel as good as the next person in the face of despair. Mark stopped me from giving up after several career direction changes. Marks approach is very professional, but empathy, motivation, building confidence, follow-up and personal skills are what make Mark successful in finding a good fit for those who just do not fit in.

R.K.
Duncan, B.C.

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LOCATION OF SERVICE

Bhopal Rehabilitation Consulting provides Vocational Rehabilitation Services to Nanaimo, Duncan and Victoria, BC. Additionally, Bhopal Rehabilitation Consulting provides occasional services in Vancouver, BC, when required, specifically to assist with Punjabi speaking clients that require specialized services.

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Bhopal Rehabilitation Consulting provides Vocational Rehabilitation Services to Nanaimo, Duncan and Victoria, BC. Additionally, Bhopal Rehabilitation Consulting provides occasional services in Vancouver, BC, when required, specifically to assist with Punjabi speaking clients that require specialized services.