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Citation:  Grover, James M. (2017). Bonding with your hard of hearing or late-deafened VR client. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 47 (1), 47-64.
Title:  Bonding with your hard of hearing or late-deafened VR client
Authors:  Grover, James M.
Year:  2017
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
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Peer-reviewed?  No
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  The quality of the counselor-client relationship, as defined by the therapeutic or working alliance (WA), has long been known to impact therapeutic outcomes (Horvath, Del Re, Fl├╝ckiger, & Symonds, 2011; Lambert & Barley, 2001). Within the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) process, a strong working alliance has likewise been shown to result in better vocational and/or independence outcomes (Lustig, Strauser, Rice, & Rucker, 2002) due to more active client collaboration in vocational planning and follow-through with planned services, a strong predictor of outcome in therapy (Gomes-Schwartz, 1978).
Purpose:  As bonding between therapist/counselor and patient/client is one essential element in the construct of the WA (Bordin, 1979), the sub-elements of bonding are considered in this review as they apply to the critical role of communication (Egan, 2013) between the generalist VR counselor (Cook & Bolton, 1997) and client who is hard of hearing or late-deafened.
Conclusions:  Communication challenges peculiar to these populations are explored, and how they impact the development of bonding and a functional relationship in the counseling setting. Finally, ways to reconsider and accommodate these challenges are reviewed.

Disabilities served:  Deafness
Interventions:  Other