Training. The Laboratory provides career planning skills training for both undergraduate and graduate rehabilitation students. Under the supervision of Dr. Bill Weber, students practice vocational interviewing skills, test administration, and vocational evaluation report writing in the laboratory. The facility is equipped with electronic vocational testing equipment and work samples as well as aptitude, interest, and work personality assessment tools.
Service. As a Community Rehabilitation Program, the laboratory provides employment-related services to persons with disabilities referred by both the Division of Blind Services and the Division of Rehabilitation Services of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Students learn to become caring professionals translating classroom knowledge into real services to people. They help East Texans with disabilities to get back into the labor market employed in jobs that they enjoy.
Research. The Career Planning Laboratory also has ongoing research into the phenomenon of work self-efficacy. This research is supervised by Dr. Alan Larson, who is investigating such questions as how do individuals with disabilities develop the belief that they can work despite the presence of limitations?, and what factors encourage and/or discourage those beliefs? How the Career Planning Laboratory impacts the work self-efficacy beliefs of its consumers is also being investigated.