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Disability Management Medical Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.2720

Pennsylvania

Education

Temple University, Master of Education, 1974, Rehabilitation Counseling

Temple University, Bachelor of Arts, 1970

Professional Experience

Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, Pennsylvania, 2005 to Present

Providing Vocational Assessments of clients referred for services. Managing  caseload of injured workers in need of counseling and placement services to return the injured worker to gainful employment with the injured worker’s pre- injury employer, or with a new employer.  Initiating and maintaining contacts with key Professionals and Administrators to insure continuity of services.  Services provided include job development, job analyses and Labor Market surveys, Providing expert testimony.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/ Case Manager, Pennsylvania 2004 to 2005

Providing vocational assessments of clients referred for services. Managing caseload of injured workers in need of counseling and placement services to return the injured worker to gainful employment with the injured worker’s pre- injury employer, or with a new employer.  Initiating and maintaining contacts with key professionals and administrators to insure continuity of services.  Services provided include job development, job analyses and Labor Market surveys.

Vocational Rehab Counselor, Pennsylvania, 1996 – 2007

Providing Vocational Counseling Services to injured federal workers (covered under the Federal Employee’s Compensation Act and the Long shore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act). These services include vocational evaluation, vocational counseling, rehabilitation planning, coordination of placement services to return the injured worker to gainful employment with the injured worker’s pre- injury employer, or with a new employer, job development, job analysis, Labor Market Surveys, referral for testing and interpretation of test results, and documentation of services rendered, according to specified guide lines from referring office.

Director of Vocational Rehab. Services, Pennsylvania, 2001 to 2004

Coordinating Vocational Services for the City of Philadelphia employees who sustained injuries while in the course of their employment. Making vocational and psychological assessments of clients referred for services. Initiating and maintaining contacts with key professionals and administrators to insure placement and continuity of services including training and treatments. Conducting labor market surveys. Managing a caseload of workers in need of counseling and placement services.

Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, Pennsylvania, 1995 to 2001

Networking and coordinating vocational and treatment services for the City of Philadelphia employees as well as for employees of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who sustained injuries while in the course of their employment. Making vocational and psychological assessments of clients referred for services. Initiating and maintaining contacts with key professionals and administrators to insure placement and continuity of services including training and treatments. Conducting labor market surveys. Managing a caseload of workers in need of counseling and placement services.

Director of Rehab. Services, Vocational Consultant, Pennsylvania 1994 to 1996

Responsibilities include development and monitoring of casework of specific accounts; Marketing, including acquisition and maintenance of new accounts. Providing rehabilitation services to disabled clients. Evaluating clients’ medical, psycho social, vocational and financial situation to allow implementation of comprehensive assistance through a rehabilitation plan, to achieve maximum medical stability and vocational placement. Assessment of transferable skills analysis, performing labor market surveys to determine clients’ employability potential. Providing job development and job placement services and performing ADA job analyses.

Vocational Rehab Counselor, Pennsylvania, 1992 to 1994

Provided rehabilitation services to disabled clients. Evaluated client medical, psycho social, vocational and financial situation to allow implementation of comprehensive assistance through a Rehabilitation Plan, to achieve maximum medical stability and vocational placement. Communication and intervention was maintained with the injured workers and their families, employers, physicians, therapists, attorneys and other involved professionals to facilitate case resolution. Cases handled covered by workers’ compensation, long-term disability and liability cases.

Vocational Rehab Counselor, Pennsylvania, 1988 to 1992

Provided rehabilitation services to disabled clients. Evaluated clients’ medical, psycho social, vocational and financial situation to allow implementation of comprehensive assistance through a Rehabilitation Plan, to achieve maximum medical stability and vocational placement. Provided direct service to injured workers covered by the Workers Compensation Act, the Long shore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Federal employee’ Compensation act as well as workers covered by long term disability and liability cases.

Vocational Supervisor, Pennsylvania, 1987 to 1988

Responsibilities included development and monitoring of casework of specific accounts; hiring and supervising consultants for case management. Marketing to obtain new cases with various accounts.

Vocational Consultant, Pennsylvania, 1986 to 1987

Case management, including vocational assessment using VDARE and crawford computerized system on VDARE, DOT, and COJ. Assessment of transferable skills analysis, labor market surveys; job development and job placement. Coordinated efforts with physicians and employers to assist injured workers to return to gainful employment. Maintained contact with attorneys to facilitate case resolution.

Vocational Expert, Social Security Administration, 1987 to 1995

File review; assessment of transferable skills in view of existing disability; provision of current data available on national, state and local markets; hearing testimony.

Program Supervisor, Psycho Social Rehabilitation Unit, 1985 to 1986

Developed and administered social and vocational programs for the psychiatrically disabled and dual-diagnosed individuals (components of these programs included individual, group and family therapy as well as vocational exploration groups.) Supervised staff and student interns. Coordinated staff in-service training.

Program Manager, Psycho Social Rehabilitation Unit, Horizon House, Inc. 1977 to 1981

Developed and administered social and vocational programs for chronically psychiatrically disabled individuals (components of these programs included individual, group and family therapy, as well as vocational exploration groups.) Supervised staff and student interns. Coordinated staff in-service training. Implemented parenting groups for the young and economically disadvantaged.

Counselor, Horizon House, Inc., 1976 to 1979

Conducted individual, group and family counseling in a social and vocational Rehabilitation program for clients with emotional, alcohol and drug abuse programs. Assisted clients in achieving their vocational and social goals through Rehabilitation planning.

Chief Social Worker, West Phila. Mental Health Consortium, 1975 to 1976

Supervised a day program for the re-socialization of a psychiatrically disabled population. Organized staff in-service training. Conducted individual and group therapy sessions. Served as liaison between hospital staff inpatient unit and the consortium day program.

Professional Certifications:

Licensed Professional Counselor, PA

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Certified Insurance Rehabilitation Specialist

Certified Case Manager

Certified Rehab Counselor by the United States Department Of Labor

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to conduct Interviews to assess earning power under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Special Abilities:

Fluent in French, Spanish and Arabic

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