Sunday Sessions

Sunday August 26, 2012 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Memorial Program

Sunday August 26, 2012 9:15  a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury
Summary of Presentation: In 1988, I was injured in a near fatal car accident.  I resulted an Acquired Brain injury at the age of 18.  From a coma to inpatient treatment to outpatient and then finally College within a year and a half.  Relationship after relationship... finally I am married with a wonderful family.  I continue to live with my TBI, work around my disability and am successful.  Today I have a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and assist Georgians to go to work under Vocational Rehabilitation.   Currently, I am preparing to sit for my License as a professional counselor. Presenter: Dana Skelton-Sanders

An Alternate Credential for Vocational Evaluators - It's 2nd Year
Summary of Presentation: A review of the history of the development of the PVE, an alternate credential to CVE, with the collaboration of the two vocational evaluation and career assessment professional associations, VECAP and VEWAA.  The RPVE (Registry of Professional Vocational Evaluators) will be described, including its role, structure, current status and future challenges serving professionals in this specialization. Presenter: John W. Lui

Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders – Evidenced Based Employment Practices
Summary of Presentation: This session will introduce the audience to the VCU ASD Career Links Grant, a collaborative initiative between VCU and the
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (VA DARS)
. The purpose of this project is to conduct evidence-based research on vocational rehabilitation (VR) service models for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Participants will hear about three employment practices demonstrating positive employment outcomes for VA DRS consumers with ASD including an employment focused community based transition program (Project SEARCH), hand-held technology, and positive behavioral supports.  During this session the learner will be provided with case study examples that illustrate the effective use of these employment practices, and will learn how to effectively match and customize these services based on individual support needs.  Presenter/s: Richard Kriner, Sherrina Sewel and Dr. Joseph Ashley

A Vocational Rehabilitators Guide to National Service
Summary of Presentation: Building skills and bolstering resumes is becoming more difficult in a tightening economy.  National service programs (such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps) offer VR counselors another option for developing skills. Moreover, participants can receive a living stipend and money for school.  Join this session to receive a thorough guide to national service as a pathway to employment for people with disabilities. Presenter:
Dr. Sheila Fesko


Sunday August 26, 2012 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

The Public Library as a Primary Source for Job Seekers
Summary of Presentation: Whether the job seeker is newly unemployed, on disability, and or injured, he/she can benefit from public library services.  Learn what libraries can and will do to assist the job seeker in his/her search.  Learn about libraries with career centers and their several services.  Learn about the technology classes that are offered and are helpful to job seekers. This is a viable option as resources are stretched in state agencies. Presenter: N. Maureen Paulett, M.Ed., CRC

Password Ethics
Summary of Presentation: Join us in an interactive session of “Password” specific to Rehabilitation Ethics.  The session will review key components of the CRC and CDMS Codes of Ethics followed by a partnership with your fellow attendees to play “Password”.  After successfully addressing “Password” we will then discuss specific cases or issues associated with the topic of each “Password”. Presenter: Deanna Arbuckle, MRC, CRC

Chronic Illness & Disability: A Rehabilitation Counselors Personal Experience
Summary of Presentation: Chronic Illness & Disability (CID) is a broad term.  Definition and examples of CID will be discussed.  We will talk about psychological factors that are part of the adjustment to CID Process. We will discuss theories that Rehabilitation Counselors have researched and found useful in assisting people with CID to cope and educate themselves on such a life altering time.  I will present my personal case study of adjustment to CID.  Presenter/s: Robert (Rob) L Stevens, MS, CRC

Spirituality: 5th Dimension of Rehabilitation Counseling
Summary of Presentation: As Rehabilitation Counselors continue to encounter new emerging themes within the counseling practice, one area that could warrant for exploration is knowledge and awareness of spirituality. The nation continues to grow with diverseness; it is becoming increasingly necessary for counselors to develop a framework of knowledge, values and skills for spiritually sensitive approaches. Throughout the counseling profession many newly trained counselors may benefit from additional resources to effectively integrate spirituality into successful employment outcomes. Presenter/s: Michelle Bradham-Cousar, MA, CRC and Dr. Katurah Jenkins-Hall,Ph.D