Vocational Resources Plus LLC Disclaimer, My Very Own Personalized Version!

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My Very Own Disclaimer!

The website I own and maintain www.lcpresourcesplus.com is a personal blog with stories and views all written and edited by me; and it is always in transition! Just like me, too! Note: the URL address stands for l~life c~care p~planning resources plus. I should someday obtain a domain that is easier on the thinker! Reflected in those 3 letters, LCP, is my love to prepare life care plans for people. 

SunflowersMy blog is a medium for me to connect with my readers and build relationships. I enjoy creative writing and sharing my talents!

The information I publish, mostly on work and life, while offering ways to help attorneys help their clients, does not reflect the views of anyone else but me unless I’ve won you over! (And I will!) All opinions are my own! I treat my site like gold and do whatever I can to protect it and sincerely don’t want any content to be nothing other than a masterpiece. Because sources, information and links change over time, I’ll do what I can to track the natural evolution of content on my site.

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I’m a rehabber and it’s in my nature to improve things…absolutely every single day!

If a post or something on my blog just doesn’t make sense to you or you see a typo or a problem referenced within my writing, please let me know. Provide me the information and I’ll see what change needs to happen. I do accept responsibility for the personal views and information I have control over, but as you and I both know, what really is under our control?

And of course, I like to add and display media ~ pictures, images, downloads, etc. Although some of these creative beings are mine, many are not, and those that are not, I do not own although I’d like to feel as though I do as they help me feature my blog. I certainly don’t make any money off this blog…because there is nothing for sale!

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My intention is to of course do no harm, and again it’s my opinion and advice, not counsel.

Although I am a counselor, my blog is not used to convey a fact nor absolute nor shape a counseling relationship with my readers. (Sorry, that doesn’t sound too nice, but this is a disclaimer!) Whatever advice, tips, techniques, and recommendations I make are meant solely to help others. I am not responsible nor will I be held liable for any unapproved or inappropriate comments. Further, I am also not responsible for mistranslation or interpretation of my site’s content.

And once again, the content on this blog is the opinion of the blogger, who is me, Amy! and it is not intended to “malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual,” or anyone or thing, especially those with the ability and desire to fight back! If there is concern or any copyright issue, again, let me know and I’ll make amends.

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Whew, and I thought a couple of sentences would do it!

I’ll continually edit this disclaimer and re-post as time progresses and I learn more about myself and my work, as well as the world of small business blogging and website maintenance. Thank you for reading! ~ Yours truly, Amy E. Botkin

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

 

 

 

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Des Moines, I am Proud to Be a Resident! Our City Loves Rehab as Much as I Do!

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As a rehabber, it’s my natural tendency to want to change things to function better or differently than from before! Of course, my focus is rehabbing people, but you could ask anyone around me and know that I also rehab myself!, plants, animals, used items, and just about anything else that engages my rehabber instincts!

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I love to see improvements within people and within existing places. I get a thrill from seeing enhancements, more functioning, beauty and lovely spaces and places to visit! Simply put: a high standard quality of life is good for all.

I’ve been a DesMoinesian since the mid-1980s and have witnessed our town improve greatly! Have you visited the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden recently? While touring the “new” outdoor area, I kept repeating “wow” over and over.  The pathways and waterfall are  spectacular!

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I’m happy the rainbow sculpture didn’t go far!

I’ve always had a fascination with along the rivers and the Capitol area…and downtown too!!

Luckily, I often see our beautiful Capitol building ~ 

 Built 1871-1886        

The city of Des Moines is really cool which is incredible considering our town was stalled for awhile. I’m proud to be a resident and am excited to be a part of where we all are going!  Even Cowles Commons, formerly Nollen Plaza has been rehabbed! My motto  “use what you got!”  must be aligned with the City! 

“Crusoe Umbrella” It was also a good beer holder!

My brother Steven and I loved going to Seniom Sed in the 80s. I’m also  fond of Gray’s Lake and recall how it was so many years ago, pretty hidden and not nearly as impressive as it is now.  Gray's Lake BridgeHacky Sack Anyone

My brother loved to play hacky sack with his buddies in the grassy area near the north entrance. Steven’s plaque is on the southeast  end of the bridge. In Memory of Steven J Prochnow Hacky Sack Any1?

Des Moines continues rehabbing our downtown and East Village in an incredibly tasteful fashion! Our outdated buildings are turned into new beauties. We are seeing lofts going up in warehouses, the new YMCA, and what will be of the Younkers building? I used to work there as a clerical temp in the marketing department in the 80s!

Have you been inside Central Campus, the DMPS building which undergoes rehabilitation as well? Of course, our libraries have seen great improvements, and the sculpture garden is worth a visit! I could go on bragging about how Des Moines loves rehabilitation and so do I!  

My brother Steven was an avid skateboarder. He would be thrilled about the plans for a skate park along the river, along with a sculpture that is proposed for skaters to actually use! It’s size is going to WOW us!

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I’m here in Des Moines, Iowa, yet can work on a case across the country! Please contact me for help on a litigated case involving work and disability. As a rehabber, you’ll find I focus on quality of life and will instinctually put my best effort forward!

P.S. As the city transforms, I can happily add to this evergreen post. 

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Central Value of Consulting with Me, What An Attorney Will Find!

Reading Time: 2 minutesI provide forensic vocational rehabilitation consulting services and work with attorneys with passion; those who truly care about their clients. Trust me, I care about my customers and you will find that I too am passionate about my work. I will help you as much as I can so you can help your client.

You’ll find we make a nice pair when we focus on your client!

Please take your time to review information about my professional services. Life care planning and forensic rehabilitation counseling are unique to vocational rehabilitation. That’s why I chose to work in this field! It takes a lot of knowledge yet common sense to truly help others.

Work Hard Stay HumbleYou’ll also find I work hard for you and just as hard for your client!

If you, Attorney Person, need help with how to quantify and qualify an individual’s earning capacity within a life care plan, I am the consultant you’re looking for. If you need a report explaining a person’s vocational background and earnings potential, I am the consultant you’re looking for. If you need an expert to serve on the stand in your case, I am the consultant you’re looking for. Want me to continue on about my work and why you need my help? 

I believe work is central to the existence of adult functioning. It provides funds needed to live and supplies status and security for an individual. You’ll find value in how I approach my own work in a qualitative way. You’ll see I’m grounded in neutrality, sincerity and resolve to never give up until the facts make sense.

Ask me some questions and learn what I, Amy E. Botkin, can do to help you help your clients. I know there’s many links on this post (10 above and a couple more below, including one to directly contact me!).

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Vocational Resources Plus, LLC  *  lcpresourcesplus.com  *  (515) 778-0634  

amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com

 

Thank you for reading and checking out my website where you can read about my services and find my disclaimer for your reading pleasure!  I enjoy writing for your reading pleasure and to let you know I value my work and I value serving as a consult for you, my attorney reader. Again, thank you!

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Samantha Josephine, Soo Soft and She Smelled Sooo Good!

Reading Time: 3 minutesOh SamiJo, how I miss you.   I’ve cried a lot and believe writing this blog and posting pictures of you are healthy for me to grieve, even one year later.  Samantha Josephine Botkin ~ January 10, 2002 to January 10, 2018.

I have many memories of Sam. She’s the only store bought cat I’ve ever owned! We definitely got our money out of that Aqualand purchase, back when the kittens were for sale in the window.

 

16 years is a long time to spend with me, and we both sure went through a lot! Sam’s fur was soo soft and she smelled sooo good!  I loved pushing my face in her coat and taking big sniffs!

I was so proud of my goal: for Sam to be a “lap” cat. It took five years, but here’s my proof. I was such a proud cat owner this day,  December 20, 2007!  I was so proud of both of us! Sure wish I knew where that pink ISU hoodie went.

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After that, she pretty much was always near me! She loved cuddling up with ArinJune too!

Here’s just a few more of the many pictures of Sam I’ve taken over the years. 

Yoga Love, this was a selfie! 

Isn’t she special! As I believe all cats (and cat owners) are! 

I love this shot with Sam lounging on the blue pillow (which I salvaged out of my mom’s dumpster when she cleaned her house out before moving to Florida after dad died in 2016), the colors being a perfect background!

Below is the last photo I took of her, the day I called  my vet and was referred to the Iowa Vet Referral Service on Merle Hay Road (highly recommended by me).

When I look closely into her eyes, I can see me. A week after she was euthanized, I picked up her ashes and on the trip home, I saw a rainbow in the sky!!! It was the Rainbow Bridge without a shadow of a doubt. If you’ve experienced this before, you know what I mean. Believe me, it’s breathtakingly true.

The box for her ashes is beautiful, its’ home in my bedroom is near where she slept.  Her clay paw prints have a special place as well, which I fill with vanilla essential oil for a nice aromatic reminder of the love of my life Samantha Josephine Botkin.

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I’ll never ever forget our time together on this earth! Till we meet again girlfriend. 

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Happy New Year! Do You Know Where This Sculpture is?

Reading Time: 3 minutesA few years back, I took this photo while hanging out downtown on a Sunday morning after Mass. I’ve always been fascinated with this bronze sculpture that revolves like a globe! To find out more about it, I did a little research to share with you:

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“Sphere Within a Sphere” by Amaldo Pomodoro, 1999

The sculpture “Sphere Within a Sphere” (Sfera con sfera) was placed in 1999, the same year my business, “Vocational Resources Plus, LLC” was born. The sculpture is intended as a metaphor for the coming of new and a promise.

If you didn’t watch New York City’s time ball drop on t.v. because you fell asleep or if you didn’t watch it at all because you had other interests in mind, enjoy this blog as my gift!

Do you know where the Sphere is located and yes, it’s in Des Moines, Iowa, but do you know where it specifically resides? Just fyi: another “Sphere Within a Sphere” by this same Italian artist can be found in the Vatican; and he has another sculpture like it in New York City, too.

But wait! Stay here in town with me, and let me know, did you get my question correct? The sculpture above is located at the American Enterprise Art Park 601 6th Avenue and Watson Powell Jr. Way in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Here’s my daughter in the East Village…DSM not NYC!

Enjoy our beautiful city’s artwork! Here’s a link where you can learn more about our city’s public art Des Moines Public Art Foundation

Cheers to your legal work and to our New Year!Champagne GlassesI can only handle one glass of bubbly, if that!

I’m not sure where I found this, but it rings true ~ Visual art is the expression of an emotion in a particular language—words, sculpture, paintings, photographs, ceramics—so that we come to understood the emotion better.

Enjoy art and embrace how your emotions can shape your new year!  Btw, did you know of the plans for steel art work on the 6th Avenue bridge over the Des Moines River on our city’s North side? Looks very cool to me!

Enjoy, embrace, and reminisce about this past year…keep the good and dispel of the not so good!  And after that, I hope you make time to think about me and how I can help you help your client on a case involving work and disability!   

I look forward to hearing from you this year!

Give give me a call at 515-778-0634 or email me at amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com to start our discussion about your case. Thank you for reading my blog post!

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Simply Yet Methodically Defined…Transferable Skills Unfold During Vocational Assessment!

Reading Time: 5 minutesAs a fundamental guide, I agree with and adopted a simple definition of “transferable skills” as: those versatile skills that can be used effectively in a number of different roles. Good definition!

Transferable skills are universal skills — you can transfer them from one type of work to another without much effort on your part or training from the employer (Mullins & Roesslers, 1998).

Unlike job-related skills, which tend to be used only in one type of work, transferable skills are skills that can be used in every occupation, regardless of the type of work! Source

There are many dimensions to a person’s vocational capacity, and putting interests and aptitudes aside for now, the challenge is how to measure and classify hard skills (motor and cognitive) and those influential soft skills (of vital importance) in a standardized way to underline the skills of a job seeker.

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Because there are literally thousands of skills, my methodology highlights the most “user friendly” skills as a precursor to job placement.

I ask the job seeker to complete a transferable skills checklist, and this link takes you to one example of a useful checklist.

There are many useful checklists on the web that serve as informational aids, feel free to use which one works best. Here’s another example of a transferable skill checklist I like.

From a checklist (example of yet another!), I look for 10-20 checked items and with a focus on placement, the job seeker is encouraged to tell me their story by participating in a discussion filled with open-ended questions such as ~

Why did you check a certain attribute? How did you use that skill in a work-related situation? What where the tasks involved? Was there room for creativity? How could that skill be used in another job?

Then I ask research related questions, such as ~

What could change if the work appears to be unrelated to the past employment situation? How can we be sure you can be productive in a new job? Who should get to know your best transferable skills? Why would your skills be valuable to others? And so on!

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Get to the best skills through open dialogue!

I recognize the personal qualities of the job seeker and understand those transferable skills s/he owns in comparison to the specific job-related skills and hiring qualities employers often look for.

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During an evaluative interview, I continuously assess any influential “soft skills” that rise to the surface. How does the person communicate?

What is her body language telling me? Is s/he exhibiting an open or a closed style? And of course, the environment and the context is accounted for. I look for indicators of creativity, flexibility, change readiness, leadership, team building, and so on.

If the person is able to build rapport with me and openly discuss their work attributes, they should be able to interview well, or at least feel a degree of comfort marketing themselves and become an effective seller in a job interview [with or without job seeking skills training]. If you’d like help now, here’s a link to Job Interview Questions and Answers, a free, interactive video app that helps you practice your answers to tough interview questions in an easy-to-use mock interview format.

Once solid assessment information is gathered during the interview, through completion of vocational worksheets, along with a generic application and a self-rating scale, the individual’s educational and vocational history is processed. The assessment process continues to unfold!

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I detail all the occupations and job specific skills, roles and responsibilities that appear in the individual’s background and pay particular attention to those skills the individual has the capacity to reintroduce. Starting with one job or volunteer experience, I break down 3 major tasks and then divide those into skills acquired from performing that job. This process is eye-opening!

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I’ve written about my background earlier in my blogging days titled ‘How did I Get into Rehab Counseling? Here’s a Little Story.’ The link I just provided sends you to the first in a series of parts of my story. But today, here’s a little bit about one of my first jobs.

 Are you using transferable skills from your past in your current career?

Did you work in the food service industry as one of your first jobs? I did and many people do! Back in the early 1980s I worked as a waitress (ugg, thankfully now food server) at a restaurant called the Red Rooster Grill (as of May 2016 she remains open to hungry customers!) on the corner of Oak and Rocksylvania in Iowa Falls. (Trivia: Iowa Falls used to be the town called Rocksylvania!)

As a waitress, I gained many skills!

Following the methodology I describe above, here’s a chart listing the transferable skills I used at Red Rooster with the skills I continue to use in my present job many moons and late night munchies later as a vocational counselor and life care planner.

PAST EMPLOYMENT AS A FOOD SERVER:

Three Main Tasks ~

1.) Explain Menu & Suggest Menu Options to Guest (Interpersonal Skills)    

2.) Take & Place Food Order  (Marketing & Sales)

• Relay Orders to Cooking Staff (Communication & Teamwork)

3.) Deliver Food to Table (Customer Service & Quality Assurance)

• Accurately Distribute Food (Accuracy & Organization)

• Take Payment / Make Change (Accounts Payable/Receivable)

• Manage various types of payment (Invoicing & Follow-Through)  

The soft skills I acquired as a waitress were learned from serving the after Dan’s Place bar crowd (and late night drivers!) who were out in the streets after 2:00 AM. More on soft skills in another post!

 

Sorry!! I tried hard not to spill coffee on my customers!!

When the evaluee or the job seeker sees how simple diagramming a chart can be in relation to their transferable skills, they often become more interested in the job search and in working with me in general! Good job!

Let me know how I can help with a vocational assessment to include transferable skills! Here’s another link to a great resource for help identifying transferable skills.

Thank you for reading my blog post. I hope you enjoyed it and will click on the links and read more! Oh, and yes, please contact me at 515-778-0634 or amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com to discuss your case involving work and disability and learn how I could help you help your client!

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The Many Uses and Benefits of Vocational Evaluations

Reading Time: 2 minutesVocational assessment and evaluation services become an integral component in vocational rehabilitation. Depending on the perspective, the service I offer is useful for many different applicable purposes and offers many corresponding benefits. And I’ll provide the best service you need at the right time!

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A vocational assessment and evaluation can be used to:

  • prepare a report highlighting an individual’s work history
  • look at a person’s transferable skill set
  • help write a resume and cover letter
  • identify job accommodations
  • assist in making job training and career choices based on interests, abilities, and aptitudes
  • plan the content of a vocational training program
  • help trainers and instructors adapt to the needs of the person with a disability

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  • provide data to survey a labor market
  • help process a person’s potential for work or ability to adapt to different work environments
  • help employers make efficient hiring selections
  • describe factors of employability, hireability and placeability

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  • start the process of identifying an individual’s wage earning capacity
  • serve as evidence to help a judge or jury understand an individual’s working abilities
  • help me (your expert!) if called to testify in a personal injury or disability case, divorce or any other civil law case
  • offer recommendations about a person’s work-life

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For a detailed look into the outcome of this service, please take a look at the Sample Vocational Assessment & Evaluation Report link found on my website. Or, better yet, contact me and let’s discuss what you need and when you need it!

I’m here to help attorneys help their clients through civil litigation involving work and disability.

Thank you for reading this post! Contact me at 515-778-0634 or amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com so I can do  

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Want to Know What Rehabilitation Counselors Do?

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During exercise class last night, December 14, 2020, I was chatting with a fellow work-out champ who is currently attending Drake University in the pharmacy program. After getting to know her more and inquiring about her background (she’s from Chicago), her training (all online at this time due to the pandemic), and her program requirements (she starts rotations next spring), she asked about my background (between rounds of burpees).

I told her I graduated from Drake in the rehabilitation counselor program.

Rehabilitation counselors are the only professional counselors educated and trained specifically to serve individuals with disabilities.

The following information is provided by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification on our scope of practice: 

CRCC | Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification

Rehabilitation counselors assist individuals with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career and independent living goals in the most integrated setting possible.  

We engage in a counseling process which includes communication, goal setting, and beneficial growth or change through self-advocacy, psychological, vocational, social and behavioral interventions.

Rehabilitation counselors utilize many different techniques and modalities, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning, counseling, case management, and advocacy to modify environmental and attitudinal barriers, placement-related services, and utilization of rehabilitation technology.

Rehabilitation counselors utilize a systematic process which assists persons with physical, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals in the most integrated setting possible through the application of the counseling process.

The counseling process involves communication, goal setting, and beneficial growth or change through self-advocacy, psychological, vocational, social, and behavioral interventions.

The specific techniques and modalities utilized within this rehabilitation counseling process may include, but are not limited to:

* assessment and appraisal;

* diagnosis and treatment planning;

* career counseling;

* individual and group counseling treatment interventions focused on facilitating adjustment to the medical and psycho-social impacts of disability;

* referral;

* case management and service coordination;

* providing consultation and access to rehabilitation technology.

* interventions to remove environmental, employment and attitudinal barriers;

* program evaluation and research;

* consultation services among multiple parties and regulatory systems;

* job development and placement services, including assistance with employment and job accommodations

And of course, network with others who are also in the helping professions!

At the end of our exercise class, she informed me that the next day at her job at HyVee, she was planning to receive on the job training for Covid-19 testing protocols. She, clearly, a young and vibrant soon to be pharmacist, is intelligent, caring and empathetic and I wish her the best luck in her developing career!

I want you to know, my attorney reader, that I have studied many vocations and thoroughly enjoy learning about what people do to earn money ranging from entry level work to work involving a heck of a lot of education and training. I personally took my career forward by studying life care planning and forensic rehabilitation counseling.

Awhile back, I worked on a wrongful death case involving a high school youth who sadly died in a car accident. Apparently, at one time she stated she wanted to be a pharmacist. I was tasked to learn all I could about this vocational process and what’s involved in the profession, and provide an opinion of her vocational capacity. 

In the past, I also had a divorce case involving an attorney who worked on class action lawsuits. She went from being a very high wage earner to being unemployed, and I studied and presented what would become necessary for her to get back into the field of law. 

If you’d like to know how I helped the litigation goal on these cases or any of the other cases I’ve been involved on, contact me: 

Amy Botkin, MS, CRC, CLCP  at 515-778-0634 or amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com

Go ahead and allow me to help you help your client on a litigated case involving work and disability (or only work….or only disability!). No matter what hard work is involved I’m up for the challenge!  Thank you for reading my post.

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People and Their Pets…Got Cat? A Good Vocational Assessment Question to Ask

Reading Time: 5 minutesOriginally published on: Dec 17, 2012/updated Dec 17, 2019 and posted again today!

When I meet with an individual to perform a vocational assessment, I ask questions to gather information about their work and life background. One question I ask, underlying other questions regarding psycho-social factors, is about pet ownership. Asking about pet ownership during an evaluation can tell me a lot about a person!

Got Cat? Dog? Rabbit? Snake? Fish? Iguana? Bearded Dragon? Horse?

Of course pet ownership is not for everyone, but if the individual is a pet owner, and a discussion develops about the topic, it offers me insight about the person. Pet ownership allows for psycho-social benefits accruing within an individual from the one-to-one type interactions with their pets.

Pet ownership can also influence broader social interactions and perceptions, experiences of sense of community (you recognize the dog going for a walk in your hood!), and social capital at the neighborhood level.  (Ever been to a dog park? Or even to the pet store that allows pets! You’ll know what I’m referring to!) In addition, a pet owner’s sense of health and well-being often emerges as a valuable and positive feature of daily living.

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SamiJo The Love of My Life!

This is SamiJo, the Love of My Life!

Okay: At one point in my life a few years back, I had 3 cats (Felix, SamiJo and Alaska*), a dog (Bella*), a guinea pig (Peggy), and a fish (Bluebee). Oh, and a hedge hog (Sandslash). My beloved rabbit, (a mini rex named Patches) died last week.

*Update as of 12/17/19: Alaska is now the #1 only puddy in the house, and Bella has penetrated the interior as well (she used to be an outdoor dog). Along with these two loves, I’m also the pet mother to a fish named Focus and a rabbit named Mollie.

It’s a big responsibility to own a pet. You must provide basic care which includes food, water, shelter, veterinary care, and exercise for your pet. And you must abide by the City’s bylaws around pets and animals. 

Another view into pet ownership is that of having the physical ability or mental capacity to care for something other than yourself. In fact, this could change in a positive or a negative way based on experiences in your life.

For Bella’s 5th birthday awhile back, she received a dog pass to the Riverwalk Dog Park!  Another update as of 12/17/19: Bella  no longer likes dog parks…at age 15 she mostly just likes to be fed treats, be petted and beloved by those who she knows and likes how they smell! 

In May of 2019, Bella experienced an “old dog condition” diagnosed as idiopathic vestibular disease.  This is an inner ear problem leading to dizziness, just like a human can experience.  It was very distressful to witness my dog going through the acute stages of this condition, because I thought she was experiencing a stroke. Her head was tilted way to the right and she kept on twirling around that way. I had to drive her to the emergency vet clinic where she received this diagnosis, and then back to our vet for follow-up. She was put on medications and her condition mostly resolved other than a slight tilt to her beautiful head!

Bella December 2020

Update: in August of 2020 she had another episode, however this time it resolved on its own and she was not prescribed medications. The vet said it is unusual to have two flareups of this disease within a little more than a year.

Patches

Patches was a grateful rabbit

Patches had plush, velvet like fur and a happy personality. He was a mini rex, a small rabbit, weighing 3-4 pounds. A mini rex is known as “The Velveteen Rabbit”.  Patches liked to lunge out of his wooden hut when his cage door was opened. Some people (like my husband) got a little frightened of this burst out, thinking they were in danger! But I saw his behavior as a great show of energy! I also loved his happy hops!

Patches loved rose petals…He ate them! 

Patches always was thankful when he was fed (and especially when he received a treat!) with a little snorty sound. I had noticed he was getting very thin, however he still was eating. And then one morning, he was not lunging out of his hut, and he was very still, yet he was breathing. I checked on him several more times.

Later in the afternoon he did lunge out, although it was a very unusual lunge. He bonked off his litter box and landed on his side. I started to pet him…continuing to stroke his very soft fur…until he died. And the whole time this was happening, my daughter was also experiencing this loss. She, in fact, took on the responsibility (age 15 at the time) to plan a service and bury him.

Think about pets you’ve known and understand why I find it important to ask about pet ownership. Back to the dog park experiences, you learn the dogs’ names, but never ask the owners for theirs, right!? How about the observations of the behaviors (both dogs and the owners) you arrive at to compile evidence about your theory of dog parks!?!

In a previous post on April 2nd 2012, I blogged about another question I ask about the person’s nutritional intake and habits. Want to Heal that Injury? Focus on Your Nutrition!  Healthy nutritional intake is just as important for your body as it is for your pets. Please feed everyone well!

For You Patches. I Loved You!

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And for you Mollie, she prefers grapes!

Let me know if you have questions about how I perform a vocational assessment. You can also click over under documents for download to see a sample vocational assessment and evaluation report.

Give me a call at 515-778-0634 or email me amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com to discuss your case and how I could help you help your client. 

Thank you for reading. I’d love to hear your pet stories!

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Alaska and Her Rehabilitation Plan…Patience Beyond that of a “Normal” Cat Owner!

Reading Time: 5 minutesOkay, another cat blog! Yes, I’m a cat lover and I love all pets and I care for all living creatures! I’m not a cat fanatic, it’s just that felines have been an important part of my life since my teens, and I love cats!

I love to write too. I love my work. I love my family. I love my life! I love a lot actually! Amy means beloved, so it’s reciprocated in many ways : ) Read on please! I’d love it!

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Cat Plate

Little did we know that 3 months after Max my manx was murdered in early 2002 by something in the street, (I don’t love creatures who kill pets, and on the other hand I don’t like it at all when my pets kill creatures), a tiny meow would emit from our neighbor’s garden. Oh my, this long haired kitten was awesome!

Felix! Welcome! (Okay, this blog is not about Felix today!)

Max, (nope this blog not about you either, meooowww) a dearly beloved yet wild cat, found me in ~1987 when I was renting the basement of a brick home in Windsor Heights (it had a pool in the back yard.)

Speaking of cat claws! A word of advice from a long time cat owner, (counselors shouldn’t give advice, but in this case, listen to me!): Don’t think it’d be fun to give a cat a ride on an air mattress in a pool. Trust me. Sure looked like I had open heart surgery!

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Alaska, when she was skinny

Now, here’s a blog devoted to Alaska. She’s the cat who strutted on down the street one Spring evening in 2012 (following my son Jacob and his friend Josh) directly into our house and to a bowl full of cat food. Score!

I recall saying “Wow I’ve always wanted a white cat!” She’s all white with beautiful eyes (I love the green one; no, I love the blue one!). Oh dear, upon her arrival she was a very thin stray!

And oh dear, oh my, oh dear, I would have no idea what trouble she would end up causing over the next year or two (…).

You really don’t want to know all the horrid details, but just know her behavior  involved lots of $$$$ due to her destructive nature of clawing at furnishings (another word of advice regarding leather furniture and cat claws, expect your sofa to be a target!) and depositing her scent in various places throughout the house. 

Plus there were even more costs $$$ over veterinary bills due to her actions toward the existing female feline (my love of all cat loves SamiJo.) But Alaska was still a cat I had no plans to give up on! To this day, she’s definitely not the perfect puddy and I don’t expect she ever wants to be in “her eyes”!

When she arrived, she looked like a kitten, however our vet, Dr. Michael Forret, said she was about 7 months old when she decided to ditch being a stray and choose our home. She was hungry and dirty!

Even her ears where filthy. Jacob named her and she has a middle name too, but I don’t think I should let you on to that just yet!

Alaska Our Putty TattyI rehabilitated Alaska TF into one big healthy white cat!

Part of Alaska’s rehabilitation included a lot of touch. She didn’t like being touched much, probably because she had not experienced much touch. To this day, she still will allow being touched only upon her terms and conditions, but I like to make her think she loves being petted which she really does but tries to hide it (cats).

kitten-in-toteAJ & AK bonding!

ArinJune figured out a way to carry her around in a tote bag (and to this day I often find her lounging in one of these she found!) to feel safe. With ongoing rehab,  regular vet care, good food and water, and lots and lots of love and attention, she thrives! Treats are nice too!

AK is much calmer of late into her more mature cat years. She loves the freedom to do what felines do (….sleep…and read above [hunt]…). She continues to be “a wild one” however and she herself does her share of “killing and delivering….” But, how can I stop a cat from that? Her hunting is actually of value to where we live because of an unkept property or two in the hood. But the dismembered gifts by the back door, come on! Enough. I purchased her a new collar with a loud bell that will hopefully help plus she only goes outside about once or twice a day.  

Update, Alaska has not gone outside for the last several years, so, no more worrying about what she’s killing, whew! Plus, after that one cat fight many moons ago (which lead to another visit to the vet, and resulted in stitches and a chipped ear), she prefers the indoors! And that’s where I like her to be! She’s a homey!

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Alaska helping me on a case!

Good communication and problem-solving skills are required in order to counsel others. In my role as a rehab counselor, I truly want to be empathetic and reveal my desire to help people fulfill their goals. Counselors need good listening skills, compassion, and patience while working with individuals who have suffered serious injury and disability.

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She found this case interesting and pauses to reflect!

I know I have patience beyond that of a normal cat owner! Thank you my felines for teaching me how to listen and show my true self.

If I can help you, my attorney reader, help your client with a life care plan that includes vocational rehabilitation, please let me know! Contact me at 515-778-0634 or email  amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com

Thanks for reading! I hope you “loved it!” If you have a cat, maybe I’m motivating you to cuddle up now! Prrrrr

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

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