Frequently Asked Questions

What is Personal Counselling? How much does it cost?

Our trained counsellors can help you to work through whatever personal challenges you may be facing. For private individuals, we offer a free, no-obligation 30-minute consultation so that you can get to know us and learn more about how we can help.

What is Vocational Counselling?

Vocational Counselling is a process guided by your career related needs and questions. It begins with an easy one-to-one conversation. Our goal is to help you find a career that will be meaningful, fulfilling and rewarding to you.

Our counsellors have a wide range of tools, tests and strategies available. Based on your individual needs, your counsellor may choose from a range of standardized interest and/or aptitude tests to help you recognize your interests and talents.

Your counsellor will help you use that insight to research careers that match your interests and talents. Once a career goal is established, we will help you understand the skills and training needed to meet that goal. We can help you find reputable institutions that offer industry-recognized training in your field of choice.

How long does Vocational Counselling take?

Every case is different; we’ll provide as much or a little guidance as you would like. We are here and available as long as you need us. Typically, Vocational Counselling involves three to six sessions.

How much does Vocational Counselling cost?

Every case is different. For private individuals, we offer a free, no-obligation 30-minute consultation. Come in, talk to one of our counsellors so that we can better understand what you need and how we might help. From there, we can make a plan and give you an idea of what that might cost.

What is a Vocational Assessment?

The purpose of a Medical-Legal Vocational Assessment is to impartially and objectively evaluate a client’s post-injury employment potential, assess injury-related vocational loss, and identify post-injury career options.

A medical-legal Vocational Assessment begins in a one-on-one interview with one of our Vocational Consultants.

Informed by the interview, our Vocational Consultant will choose from a range of standardized interest, aptitude and educational tests to better understand a clients’ occupational aptitudes, abilities and interests, as well as their capacity for further education or training.

Following the Vocational Assessment, the consultant will prepare a thorough Medical-Legal Vocational Assessment Report to assist the Court in understanding the vocational consequences of a client’s illness or injury. The report will also identify career options compatible with the client’s post-injury vocational profile and provide educational, occupational, labour market and wage information.

How long is a Vocational Assessment testing session?

The Vocational Assessment testing process may take up to five or six hours. Our consultants allow for whatever breaks the client may need.

Does a Vocational Assessment involve physical testing?

A Vocational Assessment does not involve physical testing. The interview is a one-on-one conversation in a comfortable office environment. Our standardized tests are done mostly with pencil and paper. We are able to accommodate your physical needs during testing.

What should I bring to a Vocational Assessment?

The Vocational Assessment will take place in an office setting.  Please bring any aids, pillows or cushions needed to be comfortable in that setting.  If you require reading glasses or a hearing aid, please bring those. 

A Vocational Assessment may take up to 5 or 6 hours.  Your consultant will accommodate breaks whenever needed.

There are a number of restaurants, cafés and coffee shops nearby, or you may wish to bring food and drink with you.

What documents should law firms send before a Vocational Assessment or Document Review?

Please send:

  • Medical-legal reports and medical consultation reports
            1. medical, psychiatric, psychological and neuropsychological reports if applicable;
    1. Occupational therapy reports
              1. functional capacity evaluation
              2. community rehabilitation progress reports
      1. Previous vocational assessment reports (and the documents relied on to produce that report)
      2. Educational records
                1. academic transcripts and records
                2. training records
                3. trade certifications
      3. Employment Records
                1. employment & self employment records
                2. income tax records
        1. Resume
        2. Any other relevant vocational information

We do not need MSP or PharmaNet printouts, nor clinical records of massage, chiropractic or occupational rehabilitation therapies.  Summary reports (rather than daily clinical records) from these experts can be useful.

Do I need to sign a Legal Consent Form?

We do not require that Medical-Legal clients sign a Legal Consent Form.

Personal counselling clients are asked to read and sign an Informed Consent Form describing the purpose and process of counselling and limits of confidentiality.

What is an F.C.E.?

An F.C.E., or Functional Capacity Evaluation, measures an individual’s abilities and physical limitations. Vocational Pacific cannot provide an F.C.E. Please ask an occupational therapist about an F.C.E.

Do I need an F.C.E.?

If a client’s job options may be limited by physical injury, a Functional Capacity Evaluation is important so that our vocational counsellor can better understand a client’s physical limitations, and plan for those limitations in their vocational assessment.  Please talk to an Occupational Therapist if you think you might need a Functional Capacity Evaluation.

Where can I park?

Paid hourly parking is available behind our building, off of MacKenzie Street. 

Metered parking is available on West Broadway but the two hour time limit is shorter than most vocational assessments.

If you’re able to walk a little, free street parking can be found 1 to 3 blocks south of our office.

When is your office open?

Our regular business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

Please email info@vocationalpacific.ca or call us at 604-732-9435. We’re here to help.