Jo-Ann Trudeau

Career Counsellor

I provide key vocational career and rehabilitation counselling services, in both official languages, to assist individuals with the physical and psychological impact of injury, illness or disability in achieving successful and enduring results in health and employment. I am a skilled and experienced helper dedicated to assisting you in life’s greater challenges; health and employment. I am warm, fair, authentic and honest with helping you return, remain or find new employment all the while assisting you navigate your mental health. Regardless of disability, my services are for everyone.

Conversations with Safe Harbour Therapy
94 – Returning to Work with Jo-Ann Trudeau

How I Work

My business name is COMPASS Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The symbolic meaning of the word “Compass” is to ‘step together’ or to ‘journey together’. It evokes hope and inspiration as it represents guidance, safety, and security.

The services provided respect your autonomy and are designed to enable you to regain or learn new skills, resources, attitudes and set new expectations needed to compete in job interviews, maintain that job all the while managing your health and wellness. Utilizing trauma informed counselling approach, we find solutions respectfully and with compassion. I strive to reflect the impact of disability on a person’s life especially the importance that work and education play in achieving inclusion, autonomy, optimism and self-worth.

In addition, I also provide return to work coordination and disability management services to employers/businesses who strive to provide an inclusive, diverse and accommodating work environment for individuals recovering and returning from the impact of illness, injury or disability. Furthermore, I also prepare reports for government and insurance companies, law firms and private rehabilitation assessment firms. I can assess an individual’s potential for employment and provide professional opinions on the individual capabilities and the vocational implication of a medical impairment. I can administer, score and interpret vocational assessments and assess worker traits along with employment and training potential.

My Story

I took a personal and professional pause during the pandemic and determined a new life direction for myself. I now strive to balance spending more time with my husband and provide vocational rehabilitation consulting services. I offer over 25 years of experience in public health and wellness, case and disability management, human resource management, and vocational rehabilitation services. I have worked with individuals find their resilience, grit and hope during difficult health and employment challenges and strive to live a better life. I am grateful that my profession provides me with continuous learning and the ability to work with clients who require the acquisition of new skills and/or regaining skills in everyday living activities.

Outside the Office

When I am not working, I enjoy cooking, scrapbooking, water colour/acrylic painting and especially hot yoga and meditation as these practices help me along my journey of wellness and balanced living. I also love spending time with my husband taking day trips in the classic car, gardening, bicycling and sitting by camp fires laughing.

Treatment Approach

  • Career Counselling
  • Rehabilitation (Mental Health) Counselling
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Stages of Change
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Strengths Based
  • Person-Centered
  • Solution Focused
  • Mindfulness
  • Compassion
  • Regulation


  • Level A & B Psychometric
  • Aptitude, Achievement, Interests, Skill Assessment and Personality Testing
  • Beck Depression/General Anxiety Depression and Personal Health Questionnaire
  • Stages of Changes


  • Vocational (Career) Counselling
  • Return to Work/Disability Management Program and Coordination
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (Mental Health) Counselling
  • Activation Program
  • Vocational Rehabilitation-Assessment and Evaluation
  • Mediation & Advocacy Services
  • Training (various topics)

Client forms

Intake Form – Compass download
Informed Consent Form – Compass download

I Often Work With

  • Career Counselling
  • Career Profile Assessment
  • Career Services
  • Volunteer Placement
  • Job Search Assistance Services
  • Job Dissatisfaction/Mid-Career Changes/Workplace Changes
  • Retirement Preparation
  • Return to work/Disability management programs
  • Outplacement Services for Employers
  • Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Activation Program
  • Job Loss/Grief
  • Injury Adjustment
  • Stress Management
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Persisting Concussive-like Symptoms
  • Chronic Pain/Fatigue
  • Vocational Assessment and Evaluation
  • Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Transferable Skills Analysis
  • Labor Market Research
  • Earning Capacity Analyses
  • Employability Assessment
  • Report Critique Services
  • Mediation and Advocacy


Years in practiceOver 25 years
School: U of Manitoba, MA Sociology 2001 (course work completed in Community Public Heath-School of Medicine)
U of Winnipeg-PACE 2014 (Human Resource Management Diploma-Highest GPA)
Pacific Coast University 2012 – NIDMAR – Certified Return to Work Coordinator/Disability
Management Practitioner – RTW/DMP)
Mediation Certificate – 2019
Mental Health Skills Certificate/CBT Practitioner Certificate – 2019
College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals – TSA/RTW/DM – 2019


College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP) 2019
Vocational Rehabilitation Association Canada (VRAC)2019
Vocational Rehabilitation Association-Manitoba Society (VRA-MB) 2019
Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Association (VECAP) 2019
Canadian Assessment Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS)2019
National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) 2012
International Disability Management Standards Council (IDMSC)2012
Claims Association of Manitoba (CAM) 2004


“Jo-Ann is the perfect blend of professionalism and compassion… her goal is to help you find the career that brings you joy. Jo-Ann focuses on your specific personality and work experience to help guide you toward your interests and a career that fits you. She listens to you and is approachable. Her focus is not to get the job done; she wants to help in any way she can. Her compassion and understanding of the limitations caused by physical or mental impairment are second to none. Jo-Ann can help you find ways to accommodate your impairment so you can maintain the ability to perform your duties to the best of your abilities. Jo-Ann is truly the best Career Counsellor you could hope to work with.”


ClienteleAdults with or without physical/mental disabilities as well as businesses and insurance companies.
Sliding scalePlease call to discuss, service packages available.
Free 30 minute consultationYes, by phone or in person.
Accepted payment methodsE-transfer, cash with receipt
Accepts coverage?Yes, direct billing is available, please check with your provider.
Accepted Insurance plansCoverage varies based on individual plans.
Liability Insurance provider and expiration dateProlink, exp. February 2022

Podcast & Blog

94 – Returning to Work with Jo-Ann Trudeau

written by Jo-Ann Trudeau on 10/02/22

Diagnosing concussion remains controversial because the brain is a complex. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

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80 – Career & Vocational Rehabilitation with Jo-Ann Trudeau

written by Jo-Ann Trudeau on 09/09/21

I provide key vocational career and rehabilitation counselling services, in both official languages, to assist individuals with the physical and psychological impact of injury, illness or disability in achieving successful and enduring results in health and employment. I am a skilled and experienced helper dedicated to assisting you in life’s greater challenges; health and employment. […]

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