FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is vocational rehabilitation?

Vocational rehabilitation is a process that enables persons with functional, psychological, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities, impairments, or health disabilities to overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining, or returning to employment or other useful occupation.

2. What does a vocational counselor do?

A vocational counselor guides individuals through the process of obtaining employment, maintaining employment or returning to the workforce.

3. What is an example of a vocational rehabilitation service?

Vocational rehabilitation incorporates multiple services to include:

  • Vocational guidance and counseling 

  • Vocational testing

  • Formulation of short and long term goals

  • Development of training, retraining, and on-the-job training programs

  • Interviewing skills development

  • Job seeking skills development

  • Job development

  • Job placement

  • Job analysis

  • Job placement follow-up

4. How do you become a vocational expert?

The majority of vocational experts have either a master's degree or PhD in rehabilitation counseling as well as a minimum of three to seven years work experience in assessing vocational capacity.

5. What is a vocational disability?

The majority of vocational experts have either a master's degree or PhD in rehabilitation counseling as well as a minimum of three to seven years work experience in assessing vocational capacity.

6. What is a vocational expert?

A vocational expert is an authority in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, vocational and earning capacity, lost earnings, cost of replacement labor and lost ability/time in performing household services.

7. Who qualifies as a vocational expert witness?

A vocational expert typically holds a graduate-level degree, certification(s) and has a considerable amount of work experience in the speciality of vocational rehabilitation.

8. What is the role of a vocational expert witness?

A vocational expert is an expert witness who knows about job availability in the current labor market as well as the skills that are needed to perform specific jobs.  They provide an opinion regarding an individuals ability to obtain and maintain employment as well as address earning capacity.

9. What is the role of a case manager?

A case manager is responsible for coordinating services to assist in the medical and vocational recovery process following injury.

10. How does workers’ compensation work?

A form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue his or her employer for the tort of negligence. The trade-off between assured, limited coverage and lack of recourse outside the worker compensation system is known as "the compensation bargain". One of the problems that the compensation bargain solved is the problem of employers becoming insolvent as a result of high damage awards. The system of collective liability was created to prevent that, and thus to ensure security of compensation to the workers.

11. What is a life care Plan?

 

"The life care plan is a dynamic document based upon published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis, and research, which provides an organized, concise plan for current and future needs with associated costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs.” (International Conference on Life Care Planning and the International Academy of Life Care Planners. Adopted 1998, April.)

12. What is a certified life care planner?

A certified life care planner is a professional who has a minimum of 120 hours of post-graduate or post-specialty degree training in life care planning or in areas that can be applied to the development of a life care plan or pertain to the service delivery applied to life care planning. In addition, the professional should have a minimum of 3 years field experience and meet the minimum requirements of their healthcare specialty.  Professionals are re-certified every 5 years with proof of 80 CEU’s of which 8 are in ethics.