How My Past has Brought Me to The Present! Part 5

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Continuing on from my post titled How My Past has Brought Me to The Present – as a Rehab Counselor! Part 4

I started working for the State of Iowa as a Clerk Typist III-IV at the Disability Determination Services Bureau (DDSB) in 1987. Disability Determination Services are state agencies funded by the United States Federal Government.  Their purpose is to make disability findings for the Social Security Administration.  Applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) file applications for disability benefits at local Social Security field offices.  (Taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia…this was the most simple explanation I’ve located so far).

DDSB is located at 535 SW 7th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-4535, 515-725-0700  To apply for disability, you can call to make an appointment or apply online.  “Disability” is defined in different contexts using different methods for specific programs. This Social Security Administration website may help you – What We Mean By Disability.

At DDSB, I performed clerical/secretarial work for disability examiners (Hi Paul Kreger!)  Examiners evaluate initial and reconsideration claims for disability benefits under the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs, determines eligibility according to Social Security regulations, policies and procedures.

I had a green IBM Selectric

My job involved typing up (yep with use of good old typewriters) and mailing out a variety of forms, memos and  documents, correspondence and decisions to people who have applied for disability.  I also transcribed reports from dictation (and some handwritten notes) using transcription machines.

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I worked around several ladies (no males in our pool) and we transcribed every day! 

Head set on, foot operating the transcription pedal, furiously typing away.  Such cacophony!  We always had to makes duplicates, and even triplicate forms….which means if you made a typo, the first page, upon hitting the correction key may get “fixed” but the carbon copies – oh my it took the fabulous smelling, wonderful whiteout!

Towards the lend of my days at DDSB we got – drum roll please, word processors.  The mainframe of our computer took two entire office spaces!  

I learned a lot about the ins/outs of applying for disability.  It takes patience and perseverance (completeness and accuracy to your application as well) if your disability is not “cut and dry”…. and can be frustrating considering it can take a LONG time to know the status of your claim.

Don’t give up the process of applying for disability if you sincerely realize you cannot work anywhere. I have experience helping others successfully with their permanent and total disability claims.

Stay tuned for Part 6!

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What Do Rehabilitation Counselors Do?

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

This statement and the following information is provided by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification scope of practice: 

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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!

Connect with me, Amy Botkin, MS, CRC 

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Childhood Interests Can Help You Find the Right Career

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Take a little time to think about your early interests in life while watching this eye opening You Tube video ~ Childhood Interests Can Help You Find the Right Career which portrays a powerful connection between childhood interests and your career.

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The first business I started in my youth was a baby sitting service (not just being a sitter, it was a service)!  I recruited help from my neighborhood friends and we worked as a team to provide “having fun while caring for your children” services to customers.  We called our team “The Sheiks” but I can’t remember why we used that name. Could be because we played a lot of dress up and had a lot of shows, mostly in the street for all to come and watch us perform!

Basically, I have been an entrepreneur ever since!

Let me know how I might help you or your client find the right career.

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What is Job Placement? It’s a Professional Procedure!

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Job Placement Can Be Viewed as a Professional Procedure

The goal of the procedure is to facilitate the job search to locate a position that matches the person’s knowledge base, skill set, attributes, work capacities, interests, aptitudes and physical abilities. Location, work scheduling, level of earnings, benefits, opportunities for growth plus more are identified.

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Job placement also involves career counseling, job seeking skills training,  and processing best methods for the client to connect with jobs found within his/her labor market and take appropriate and meaningful steps towards finding and securing a job.

Placement may also include vocational consulting for employers with hiring needs to find adequate profiles of persons to meet the requirements of their job openings.

The aim of job placement is to ensure the right person gets the right job!

Caveat:  Not all rehabilitation counselors are trained in job placement.

But I am!

I’m trained and certified in rehabilitation counseling AND in  job placement AND in forensics.  My expertise allows me to be very effective at placement!

I, Amy E. Botkin, have developed a certain resourcefulness and a placement orientation to things….and love providing placement services!

email me at amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com of call me at 515-778-0634 for help with your placement needs.

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Client or Customer? Both are Equally Valuable!

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I consider the job seeker as my client, and the business entity (eg: an employer or a service provider or a law firm) as the customer. Job placement services are available for the client and typically this is a person who has already worked for a number of years in the workforce and is now on a path looking for new work opportunities that the person can and wants to do.

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My philosophy regarding placement is to individualize services to match the job seeker within his or her own world of work. Although we all comprise the working world, we each have our own niche that can be as far and wide or narrow and slim as our talent can go.

I focus in on which job search tools my placement client can use to benefit their own natural style of communication. Being able to describe yourself in a way that answers questions during an interview while showing your personality is valuable.

Understanding your transferable skills and where you can apply them in many different settings and situations (and make $$$ to boot!) is instrumental during job placement. Believe in yourself first, and then build a market profile of yourself. And start the sale!

It’s a matter of expression to picture your skills as valuable, marketable and on sale to the best buyer!

On the other consulting side of my business, I have services available for the customer. One such service is job analysis.  A job analysis is a process to identify and determine in detail the particular functional duties and requirements and the relative importance of them for a given job. An important concept of a job analysis is that the analysis is conducted of the job, not the person.

While job analysis data may be collected from incumbents through interviews or questionnaires, the product of the analysis is a description or specifications of the job, and again, not a description of the person.

A job analysis that includes accommodation options has helped when the client is already an employee (and has an illness or injury leading to questions about ability to do the job) and a decision needs to made whether the best option is to retain or release the employee from permanent employment.

Judgments are made using data collected regarding the job and / or a variety of jobs with similar components. And then I can provide expert testimony based on the data and my opinion of the person’s place within his or her own working world.

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I like customers and clients equally and promise to serve all people to the best of my ability.

Call me, Amy, at 515-282-7753 or email vocresources@gmail.com should you want me to help you with your clients. Thank you for reading!

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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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Solutions for People With Disabilities

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Solutions for People With Disabilities


Job Placement Services

Matching People With Their World of Work

Matching People Within Their Own World of Work

Job Analyses & Job Descriptions

Life Care Planning Services

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Occupational Health Consultation

Rehabilitation Counseling*

*For more information visit CRCC | Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, CRC
www.crccertification.com/

I LOVE REHAB

Vocational Case Management

Vocational Resources Plus, LLC * lcpresourcesplus.com * 515-282-7753  * VocResources@msn.com

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Vocational Case Management Services

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Vocational case management is an integral component of the rehabilitation process to return the injured worker to suitable, gainful employment.

Services are available to evaluate the rehabilitation potential of the claimant, to provide counseling for disability-related concerns, and when appropriate, to access the labor market and identify job placement opportunities are available.

The variety of services available are useful for insurance carriers, employers and attorneys to evaluate the rehabilitation potential of the claimant, to provide counseling for disability-related concerns, and when appropriate, to access the labor market and identify job placement opportunities.
Comprehensive private vocational rehabilitation concentrates on attainment of pre-injury wage considering the worker’s skills, aptitudes, interests and physical capabilities.

The benefits of utilizing vocational case management are numerous:
• Claim dollars for both medical and vocational payment decrease
• Relevant medical and vocational issues of the claim are identified and solved in a timely fashion
• Problems associated with return-to-work are identified and solved in a timely fashion
• Creates a positive relationship between the insurance company, the claimant and the attorney
• Documents all case activity, to include objective detail of medical issues, vocational goals, behavioral interactions, and financial aspects of the situation
• Assists in decision making based on specific recommendations
• Controls the direction of the file, lowers industrial disability loss, and reduces long-term financial responsibility
• Encourages and supports the injured worker to seek and obtain suitable work
• Proves employment options and permanent job opportunities are available

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Vocational Research Assignments & Staffing Placements

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Vocational Resources, Plus consults on workers’ compensation, personal injury and disability cases by providing qualitative research services and consultation as well as direct service provision. Due to the nature of return-to-work, each vocational assignment is situational and individualized. The goal is to provide a clear and concise picture of the employment options currently available to the evaluee or client.Related imageResearch is based on a wide range of criteria and utilizes solid methodology and fact gathering techniques. Accurate and objective reporting details up-to-date information to define and enhance the direction of the case.

Assignments vary greatly, and include differences in level of education, skills, abilities, aptitudes, socio-economic factors, physical limitations and an assortment of employability factors.

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Vocational Resources, Plus has performed indepth research on many vocations and identified various factors that have helped to prioritize issues for the case at hand.

For a listing of vocations, please click on the link on my website. Also, as a matter of fact, I’ve also placed hundreds of workers throughout Des Moines. Here’s my client roster list from my days as a marketing representative for a staffing company:

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And now old piece of paper, you’ve been recycled! Please let me know what I could do to help you help your clients!

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Benefits of Vocational Assessment

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A vocational assessment is an integral component in vocational rehabilitation. Depending on the perspective, vocational assessment has many benefits and is used for many different applicable purposes.

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A vocational assessment can be used to:

  • determine a person’s potential for work, the content of a vocational training program, his or her employability or ability to adapt to different work environments.
  • assist an individual to make realistic job training and career choices based on their interests, abilities, aptitudes, and the realities of the job market.
  • help counselors, rehabilitation professionals and employment placement specialists work more effectively with their clients.
  • help trainers and instructors adapt to the needs of the person with a disability.
  • help administrators use resources more wisely.
  • help employers make better hiring selections.
  • make recommendations about the person’s work-life!

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For a detailed look into how I perform a vocational assessment, please take a look at the Sample Vocational Assessment & Evaluation Report on my website.

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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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Services to Evaluate Vocational Rehabilitation Potential

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The variety of services available to evaluate the vocational rehabilitation potential of the individual are useful for insurance carriers, employers and attorneys.

Services benefit the individual through counseling for disability-related concerns, and when appropriate, to access the labor market and identify job placement opportunities.

Contact Vocational Resources Pluc LLC at vocresources@gmail.com for samples of recent casework, who benefited, and how!

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