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					International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals 2009 FORENSIC CONFERENCE

Home of the Blues, Where Forensic Rehab Can Rock ‘n’ Roll

Doubletree Hotel — Memphis Downtown Memphis, Tennessee October 28 - October 31, 2009

Learn from your peers Discover innovative solutions Explore issues impacting your profession

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The IARP Forensic Conference
is an educational and networking event that

Who Attends?
• Forensic Experts • Vocational Experts • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors • Vocational Case Managers • Life Care Planners • Medical Case Managers • Case Managers • Disability Managers • Vocational Economists • Business Owners & Managers • Social Security Vocational Experts

provides attendees with the opportunity to learn formally and informally about forensics and life care planning. The rehabilitation community offers many fine conferences, each geared to a given specialty. But if you need education and networking from multiple disciplines, the IARP Forensic Conference is the logical focal point, the place where the Forensic state-of-the-art comes together for Vocational Experts and Life Care Planners.

About IARP
IARP unites rehabilitation professionals across North America and beyond to promote the availability of effective, interdisciplinary services for persons with disabilities. The association serves a diverse membership practicing in the fields of long-term disability and disability management consulting, case management and managed care, forensics and expert testimony, life care planning, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) consulting. IARP supports professional growth of its 2,800 members by providing professional competence standards, continuing education programs, networking opportunities, and group-discounted packages of professional benefits. The association fosters rehabilitation research and management innovation through national conferences and the publication of peer-reviewed articles in the RehabPro and the Journal of Life Care Planning, its journals. IARP strives to shape public policy favorable to private-sector rehabilitation by working closely with other professional associations, government, and industry.

Why Attend?
Enhance your skills and grow professionally at the IARP Forensic Conference. Acquire the information you need to know today, ideas you can implement tomorrow and the latest on what is shaping the future of rehabilitation direct from recognized leaders during specialized workshops and breakout sessions. Awaken new perspectives, collect new ideas and be inspired through special presentations and roundtable discussions at our general sessions. Build and establish your own personal network with the best rehabilitation professionals. Contribute to an information exchange, from informal discussions to evening social events. Discover the newest products, services and innovative solutions in the conference’s exhibit hall. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet face-to-face with vendors. Earn CEUs towards the following certifications: ARN, CRC, CDMS, CCM, ABVE, CLCP, and CVE. Application has been made for up to 14.5 contact hours plus 4 for each Thursday half-day workshops for a total of 22.5. IARP is working on an additional 1 unit from exhibitors.

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Welcome to Memphis
Graceland

Home of the Blues Where Forensic Rehab Can Rock ‘n’ Roll
Perched high on a bluff overlooking the slow rolling Mississippi, Memphis marches to the beat of the blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, and to countless neighborhood barbeque joints and Elvis’s Graceland. Memphis is the kind of city that spills up from the soil that lingers on the sound of the best music you will ever hear. From music landmarks to restaurants, from the elegant hotels to the mystical nightclubs on legendary Beale Street, there is just something real about Memphis, an irresistible soul that’s drawn people to Memphis for more than a century. Come to Memphis early or stay late to enjoy these legendary sights, sounds and tastes. The Doubletree Hotel – Memphis Downtown, the host hotel for the IARP Forensic Conference, is located in the heart of downtown and is only steps away from Beale Street, the home of legendary blues nightclubs, restaurants and shopping. Also, do not miss the chance to sample some of Memphis’ top attractions listed at right.

www.elvis.com • Phone: 901-332-3322
Now that the legendary home to Elvis Presley and his family is a National Historic Landmark, we can argue that a trip to Memphis that does not include a tour of Graceland is an act of treason against the state. Well maybe just against the city of Memphis. Either way the 14-acre home of the King is a must-do for any visitor. Take in the mansion, the Hall of Gold, “Sincerely Elvis” museum, the vintage automobile collection and his airplanes. That’s right, there’s more than one.
Suggested Tour Times: (does not include shopping) Platinum Tour – 3 hours; Mansion Tour – 1 ½ Hours

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
www.memphisrocknsoul.org • Phone: 901-205-2533
No place better dramatizes and organizes the cultural and social ramifications of Memphis’ musical connections to the world better than this Smithsonian Institute seven-gallery chronicle. With over 100 songs, the audio tour is a museum in and of itself.
Suggested Tour Time: 2 hours

National Civil Rights Museum
www.civilrightsmuseum.org • Phone: 901-521-9699
The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bringing the stories of the civil and human rights to life in moving fashion through interpretive exhibits and in-depth audio / visual displays, the museum focuses on milestone events like the Montgomery bus boycott and the Memphis sanitation strike, as well as more recent struggles and achievements of the Civil Rights Movement following King’s death.
Suggested Tour Time: 1-2 hours

We look forward to seeing you this October!

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Dear Colleague…
I remember a few years back when I casually reviewed the brochure announcing the annual IARP Forensic Section conference. Then I tossed it in the trash. My reasoning was that I did not need to update and develop my professional skills. Also, how could I afford to pay for a conference? I’m a sole proprietor. But as time went on I started to notice that my colleagues were posting listserv questions and comments that I couldn’t completely follow. Professional journals had articles on topics that I wasn’t familiar with. Occasionally something would appear that I didn’t know anything about. I became concerned. Where could I get up to speed? I also started to notice the friendly way that listserv posters seemed to be talking with each other. They obviously knew each other. How could that be? They were from all over the country. Then one year I remember taking a second glance at that Forensic Conference brochure. The topics being presented were relevant and timely. Some of them were addressing subjects that I was not very familiar with. Others appeared to be at a more advanced level than my knowledge base.

The speakers were notable people who lead in the field. So I decided to give the conference a try. I left that first conference kicking myself. Why hadn’t I attended years before? I haven’t missed one since. I’ve grown professionally. The quality of my work has improved tremendously. My network of colleagues has grown substantially.

This year’s conference will in part address the needs of those who may just be entering forensic work or who have only been involved with forensics for a relatively short period (So You Want to Become a Forensic Expert, SS VE Basics). In addition, the conference will offer major presentations on topics of interest to even the most advanced expert. In addition to a half-day pre conference for experienced SS VEs, we have planned a halfday pre conference “Thinking Outside the Box.” Also take that second glance at the brochure and you will see several sessions focused on psychologically related cases (e.g. PTSD, Autism, and Behavioral Concerns). Several sessions focus on earnings calculations (e.g. Work Life Expectancy, Pricing Household Production, Lost Earnings, Defending Earnings Capacity, and TBI Earning Capacity). We have planned sessions on Ethics. One

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session will address the current economic downturn and employment. And, of course, you will find sessions on testimony. In response to the many requests that we have received to curb costs, this year’s conference hotel rooms are being offered at a substantially lower rate than in recent years. Also, the conference registration fee is staying the same as in recent years. As an added benefit the conference is located in a city that many may not have had the chance to visit. The blues started on Beale Street, only a couple of blocks from the conference location. You will not need a car, take a taxi, or ride the trolley to be in the middle of great entertainment and wonderful food. Graceland, where Elvis lived (lives?) is a short distance across town and well worth the visit. Serious music people may enjoy the short trip to Sun Studios, where the king recorded his first song. The Civil Rights Museum, also a short distance from the conference location, is housed in the site of Martin Luther King’s assassination. It boasts an outstanding educational opportunity about civil rights movements worldwide You will want to join us this year. Our program is outstanding. And the fun that we are going to have just can’t be beat. Take a serious glance at the brochure. Don’t toss it.

IARP Forensic Conference Committee

Maria Babinetz Lisa Clapp Katherine Dunlap Paulette Freeman Deborah Frost Angie Heitzman Nancy Hughes Cloie Johnson Jinnie Lawson-Truthan Sharon Levine Jan Lowe

Dale Thomas, Forensic Conference Chair Trudy Koslow, IARP Conference Chair

Michelle McBroom Weiss John Meltzer Kathy Mundy Ann Neulicht Jan Nixon Anne Savage Veh Julie Sawyer-Little Kathy Smith Diane Steffy Heather Taylor Deborah Veatch Ann Wallace Liz Watson

See you in Memphis!
Dale A. Thomas, MTS, CRC, CCM, D-ABVE IARP Forensic Conference Chair IARP Forensic Section Board Chair

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Program Schedule
Schedule-At-A-Glance
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Registration Desk Open Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel Update (OIDAP) SSA-VE Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Registration Desk Open 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel Update: A Brief Review of Panel Activities from Panel Members and Vocational Experts Regarding Eventual Replacement of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
In February, 2009 the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel (OIDAP) appointed by Social Security Administration’s Commissioner Astrue, began its work towards developing an occupational information system (OIS) to replace the Dictionary of Occupational Titles in disability determination. This session will provide information regarding activities of the OIDAP and solicit input from participants into areas for consideration in the design and development of the OIS.
PRESENTERS: Mary Barros-Bailey, PhD, CRC, CLCP, CDMS, NCC, D/ABVE, Bilingual Rehabilitation Counselor, Vocational Expert, Life Care Planner, Intermountain Vocational Services, Inc. Sylvia E. Karman, Director for SSA’s Occupational Development Project, Social Security Administration Scott Stipe, MA, CRC, CDMS, LPC, D-ABVE, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Vocational Expert, Scott Stipe & Associates, Inc. Lynne Tracy, MA, MFT, CRC, CDMS, D/ABVE, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Vocational Expert, Lynne Tracy & Associates

Thursday, October 29, 2009
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open Morning Workshop: 101 - SSA-VE Basic Morning Workshop: 102 - So You Want to Become A Forensic Expert: — Do You Have What it Takes? Lunch on your own (box lunches will be for sale) Afternoon Workshop: 201 - SSA-VE Advanced Afternoon Workshop: 202 - Thinking Outside the Box, Part 3 of 3 – Anatomy of a Case and Special Considerations Exhibitor Move-in

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 30, 2009
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration Desk Open Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors Opening Keynote Address

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break with Exhibitors 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Lunch with Exhibitors Concurrent Sessions Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Concurrent Sessions Reception with Exhibitors

SSA-VE Welcome Reception 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 31, 2009
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors General Session Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Lunch on your own – Final Exhibit Session Lunch Session – The Simplicity of Defending Earning Capacity Assessments (box lunches will be for sale) General Session Concurrent Sessions CEU Tally Desk

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. General Session

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Come in early to Memphis and add to your overall conference experience by attending a pre-conference session. Please note that pre-registration is encouraged for all Thursday pre-conference sessions.
Registration Desk Open 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 101 – SSA-VE Basics Morning Session: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The SSA-VE Basics morning session will cover the following topics: Social Security VE 101: Practice Fundamentals; Estimating Employment Numbers – Two Perspectives; and An Advocate’s Perspective – An Attorney’s View on the Role of VEs in Non-adversarial Social Security Proceedings. The first presentation of the morning, Social Security VE 101: Practice Fundamentals, addresses how Vocational Experts (VEs) work for Social Security is quite unique and unlike testimony the VEs may provide in other venues. VEs work in this venue is almost entirely dependent on the information the VEs obtain in the course of the hearing itself. It requires the expert to think “on your feet” and respond quickly to a wide variety of hypothetical scenarios. While other court systems require VEs to do thorough assessment of disability pre-hearing, Social Security hearings challenge the VEs to develop an opinion based almost entirely on facts presented during the hearing. This presentation will explain how VEs work offers the expert the opportunity to serve a vital role in the disability adjudication process as well as hone testimony skills useful in other testimony cases in your practice.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 Pre-Conference Program

Estimating Employment Numbers: Two Perspectives – this second presentation will address the complex network of data that SS VEs must navigate. This session will briefly describe several popular government sources of employment numbers. Two different methods will be shown to interpret this aggregated data to estimate employment numbers at the DOT level: US Publishing methodology and the new SkillTRAN methodology. Examples of each process will demonstrate how each methodology works to prepare DOT employment estimates. VEs will emerge better prepared to explain and defend each methodology. The final presentation of the morning session is An Advocate’s Perspective: An Attorney’s View on the Role of VEs in Non-adversarial Social Security Proceedings. This presentation will discuss the somewhat unique role VEs serve in Social Security matters versus other legal disputes. In addition, the presentation will discuss common ways that attorneys use VEs to help establish disability or build a case for appeal and address tips for the VEs to use to avoid committing error on appeal.
PRESENTERS: Michelle McBroom Weiss, MA, CRC, CCM, NCC, MSCC, Vocational Consultant John Yent, MA, LRC, CRC, ABDA, CLCP, Owner, John Yent LRC – Recovery at Work Jeff Truthan, MS, CVE, President, SkillTRAN LLC Travis Vander Vegt, President, United Statistics Publishing Robert Donati, JD, Principal, Donati Law Firm

102 – So You Want to Become a Forensic Expert: Do You Have What It Takes? Morning Session: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
This presentation is geared toward those new to or interested in forensic practice. The presenters offer a mix of experienced forensic experts and those relatively new to the practice. The younger presenters may attract and better relate to those who are looking to break into the field. Attendees will learn that there are different ways to gain education and experience needed to develop a forensic practice, as evidenced by the different paths taken by the presenters. While we will examine the history and foundation of forensic rehabilitation, we will also offer suggestions about what one needs to do to start up a small practice. This session will address practice areas, how to break into practice areas and codes of ethics that address forensic rehabilitation work. This presentation will not get into case development. We may propose that a mentoring program be set up with IARP.
PRESENTERS: John Meltzer, MS, CRC, CDMS, LPC, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Expert Vocational Consulting, LLC Katherine Dunlap, MS, LCPC, CRC, CLCP, Vocational Consultant/Life Care Planner, Dunlap Rehabilitation Services LLC Michele Albers, MS, CRC, LPC, CLCP, Vocational Consultant, Expert Vocational Consulting, LLC

Lunch on your own – (box lunches will be for sale) 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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THURSDAY CONTINUED…

201 – SSA-VE Advanced Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m
The SSA-VE Advanced afternoon session will cover the following topics: The On-The Run-TSA For Claimants over 50, the Use, Questioning and Testimony of Vocational Experts from the Judge’s perspective and the difficult hypotheticals at ODAR hearings. The TSA presentation will provide an understanding of and demonstration of a quick method for doing Transferable Skills Analysis based on the SS definition relevant to claims Approaching Advanced Age or older. Suggested methods for identifying Past Relevant Work; Unexpected changes in PRW; skills identification; and identifying possible alternative job titles during a hearing will be discussed. Preparation strategies for handling difficult, non-DOT based, hypothetical questions without software will be discussed. The Use, Questioning and Testimony of Vocational Experts from the Judge’s Perspective presentation will emphasize the proper RFC portions of hypothetical questions, when VEs should be used, improper questions for VEs, transferability of work skills and similar related topics. The difficult hypotheticals presentation will explore a variety of complex and difficult hypotheticals which are often posed during the hearing process. In this interactive session, the presenters will discuss complex and other challenging hypotheticals and how vocational experts can analyze and respond accordingly. What is a sit/stand option? Does it make a difference if it is defined “at will” or every 30 minutes? Do one handed jobs exist? What if an individual can use the non-dominant hand as a helper? How do we respond to visual limitations as it relates to work? Participants will be encouraged to actively participate in the process of identifying and analyzing problematic hypotheticals which do not meet the functional requirements set forth by the Administration.
PRESENTERS: James Earhart, MEd, CRC, LPC, Vocational Counselor, Counseling & Vocational Services Honorable Frank Cristaudo, JD, Chief Administrative Law, Judge, Office of Chief Administrative Law Judge, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, Social Security Administration Larry Wittenberg, JD, Principal, Roberti, Wittenberg, Lauffer & Wicker Attorneys at Law and President, National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) Julie Sawyer Little, MS, OTR/L, ABVE-F, CRC, CLCP, President, Sawyer & Associates

202 – Thinking Outside the Box, Part 3 of 3 – Anatomy of a Case and Special Considerations Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
Rehabilitation Counselors routinely assess wage earning capacity utilizing state and federal data — where did that data come from, how is it gathered, what was its original purpose and how can it be applied or mis-applied today? This session will explore the accepted methodologies and how they are best used, as well as brainstorming and discussing outside the box thinking for those “non-traditional” cases.
PRESENTERS: John Fountaine, MA, CRC, CCM, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, OSC Vocational Systems, Inc. Kent Jayne, MA, MBA, CRC, CCM, CLCP, ABVE-D, President, Vocational Economic Expert, Life Care Planner, Worklife Resources Cloie Johnson, MEd, CCM, ABVE-D, Rehabilitation Counselor/Case Manager, OSC Vocational Systems, Inc. Ann Neulicht, PhD, CRC, CLCP, CVE, CDMS, LPC, D-ABVE, Rehabilitation Consultant

Friday, October 30, 2009
Registration Desk Open 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Opening Keynote Address: Harness the Power of Evaluation in Behavioral Concerns in Litigation 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
This presentation will explore the impact of Behavioral Health (BH) issues on the litigation cases. Behavioral Health concerns occur far more than are commonly recognized. Those Behavioral Health concerns (both identified and unidentified) have been found to be a leading cause of negative treatment outcomes and perceived inability to return to work. Moreover, professionals are being called upon to make determinations regarding causation when a Behavioral Health issue has occurred. This presentation will provide straight talk on appropriate objective evaluation, which types of professionals to tap for the evaluation during litigation, and how to avoid the common mistakes made in evaluation and data synthesis process. Dr. Warren will also discuss powerful strategies to minimize Daubert and Frye challenges. Dr. Warren will delve into the key challenges facing the forensic professional today.
Pamela A. Warren, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Faculty, Carle Clinic Association and the University of Illinois

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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Concurrent Sessions
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 301 – Standard of Care versus Standard of Practice: Standards to Which Forensic Experts Adhere
Little exists in the professional literature regarding Standards of Care (SOC) for forensic rehabilitation practitioners engaged in life care planning and vocational expert testimony. This session will help forensic experts identify the elements constituting a SOC involved in a profession or specialty area. Specifically, participants will be provided with resources within those SOC factors they need to consider specific to vocational expert testimony and life care planning practice. Participants will learn and understand the definitions, similarities, and differences between standards of care and standards of practice and how these apply in molding their professional responsibilities and practices.
PRESENTERS: Mary Barros-Bailey, PhD, CRC, CLCP, CDMS, NCC, D/ABVE, Bilingual Rehabilitation Counselor, Vocational Expert, Life Care Planner, Intermountain Vocational Services, Inc. Tim Field, PhD, President/Co-Owner, Elliott & Fitzpatrick, Inc. Susan Riddick-Grisham, CCM, CLCP, Life Care Manager, LLC Roger Weed, PhD, CRC, LPC, CCM, CDMS, FNRCA, FIALCP, Professor, Georgia State University

Concurrent Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 401 – Markov Process Work-Life Expectancy Tables, the LPE Method for Measuring Work-Life Expectancy, and Why the Gamboa-Gibson Disability Work-Life Expectancy Tables are Without Merit
This presentation would be of interest to attendees, particularly those who attended the 2008 Forensic Conference and heard Anthony Gamboa present. At that time there was much discussion and questioning of Gamboa’s methodologies and tables. Dr. Ireland’s presentation offers an alternate vantage point, and is critical to vocational experts and life care planners alike. Attendees will learn about the accuracy in measuring damages to a male worker when using work-life expectancies for males or for all workers including females, the effects of increasing accuracy by tailoring further to narrow down the proxy to males with education levels similar to the evaluee and consider the effects of increasing accuracy by using data for disabled individuals with the same sex, age, education as an objection to the use of the Gamboa tables.
PRESENTER: Thomas R. Ireland, PhD, Professor/Public Finance, Law and Economics, Forensic Economics, Organizational Theory, University of Missouri-St. Louis

302 – Ethical Considerations in Forensic Analysis of Individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Balancing our vocational ethics with attorneys’ requests — who hasn’t had that challenge? In this presentation Ms. Berndt will focus on the process of analyzing the client background, determining the attorney ‘theme’, and being prepared for testimony in complex psychiatric situations. Understanding traumatization and how it affects an individual in the world of work is critical to a vocational expert’s analysis and testimony. Determining impaired work function will be presented in case examples balanced with ethical considerations.
PRESENTER: Barbara Berndt, MEd, CRC, CDMS, CCM, D-ABVE, Vocational Expert, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Owner, Industrial Rehabilitation Consultants

402 – Assessing the Impact of Autism Spectrum Disorders on Employability: A Methodology for the Vocational Expert
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been prevalent in the context of the educational system for many years. The number of individuals identified with an ASD has risen sharply over the last decade. Now the students that flooded the schools and changed the educational system are adults moving into the workforce. Many individuals on the autism spectrum are bright, well informed and are excellent advocates for their rights. The vocational expert can expect to see more and more cases of misplaced workers and situations of discrimination related to this disability. This presentation will present basic concepts that will help the vocational expert understand autism spectrum, determine the functional limitations of the individual, address appropriate occupational placement, and offer an opinion as to whether or not the individual has been discriminated against in the context of the A.D.A.
PRESENTER: Patty Thomas, MEd, NCSP, LPE, Behavior Consultant/Autism Specialist

Lunch with Exhibitors 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Concurrent Sessions
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 403 – Calculating and Pricing Essential Household Production Services
This presentation will provide attendees a methodology and resources by which to consistently and accurately project the value of household replacement services for their evaluees applicable in both loss and earning capacity and life care planning scenarios that can be replicated as statistically reliable and valid with published standard error of estimate rates. Quantifying the damages related to replacement of household services beyond those provided by attendants has not been discussed and presented in the postDaubert, Joiner, Kuhmo, and Kinneman world. This presentation considers a means by which to test, peer review, and assess the relevancy of damage projections within a reliable rate of error. The question of how to calculate and defend such damages is a recurrent theme on the Careplanner, IARP Forensic and ICHCC list serves.
PRESENTER: William Goodrich, MA, CLCP, CRC, CCM, ABVE-D, NCC, AAPM-F, President, National Life Care Institute dba Life Care Services

Saturday, October 31, 2009
Registration Desk Open 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. General Session: Testify with Confidence: Giving and Defending Expert Opinions 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Don’t let the words “admissibility,” “Daubert,” “trial,” or “opposing counsel” give you heartburn. Learn what it takes to make your testimony admissibility-friendly and to confidently defend your expert opinions. The presentation will increase the attendee’s understanding of the legal standard for the admissibility of expert opinions so that the vocational professional can conduct all aspects of evaluations in anticipation of giving expert testimony. The presenters will explain the legal background for determining the admissibility of expert testimony, teach how to assimilate the above legal requirements into their expert evaluations and provide concrete strategies for providing the best expert evaluation with the anticipation that it may be introduced at trial.
PRESENTERS: Adam Knight, JD, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC Autumn Gentry, JD, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC

404 – A Model for Calculating Lost Earnings and Benefits in Personal Injury Cases
This presentation is designed to help the vocational expert understand the issues and methods in calculating economic damages in personal injury cases. Presented by two experienced economics experts, the session is designed to help the vocational expert understand the decisions that must be made to perform the analysis. This presentation is also intended to assist the vocational expert in understanding how his or her analysis is used by the economics expert in making damages calculations.
PRESENTERS: Shannon Shipp, PhD, CEA, Partner, Shipp, Needham, and Durham, LLC William Houston Reed, PhD, ABVE-D, CRE, President and Vocational Expert and Forensic Economist, William Houston Reed, PhD, Ltd.

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. General Session: 2009 CRCC Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors: Implications for Private Sector Practitioners 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Using a workshop format, Dr. Decoteau will provide an overview of the newly adopted CRCC Code of Ethics with particular emphasis on changes that impact practitioners. Working in small groups, participants will demonstrate understanding of these changes by (a) first identifying current practices within the participant’s company and/or personal practice and (b) utilizing the Code, critique these to identify areas in need of revision. Participants will be presented with copies of the newly revised CRCC Code of Professional Ethics; skills modeled and utilized in the small groups will be used to identify current practices involving use of written disclosure statements, revisions for forensic ethics, further clarifications between professional disclosure and informed consent, use of technology and ethics implications, and “who is the client?” in forensics.
PRESENTER: J. Patrick Decoteau, PhD, CRC/LRC, Professor of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Springfield College

Reception with Exhibitors 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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Lunch on your own - Final Exhibit Session 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Session – (box lunches will be for sale) 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Simplicity of Defending Earning Capacity Assessments This presentation will address the straightforward relationship between the rehabilitation counseling process and the court requirements for provision of earning capacity assessments; the simplicity of defending a reasonably founded earning capacity assessment and how the history of rehabilitation counseling and rehabilitation counseling methodology are utilized as the basis to defend earning capacity assessment. Participants will understand how to utilize the rehabilitation counseling process, while considering the specifics of the person’s situation, to defend an earning capacity assessment in a manner that is easily understood by attorneys, the court, etc.
PRESENTER: Stan Owings, MS, CDMS, ABVE Diplomate, Rehabilitation Counselor/Business Owner, Owings & Associates, Inc.

General Session Roundtable: Thinking on My Seat for Experts – Roundtable on Expert Testimony 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
This roundtable format is designed for optimum participation of attendees, rather than for any lecture content. This session will provide opportunity to go beyond listening to or reading “good answers” to questions that may intimidate the expert, or with which one is not familiar. Each attendee is asked to share and learn from verbatim best answers of those at their table, in lieu of speaker-provided answer-concepts. The individualized “practice aloud” format is designed to enable more comfort and skill in being familiar with exact words and phrases in giving replies that work, rather than simple “yes” and “no.” The session acknowledges the difference in the learning methods between hearing what others say versus formulating and mouthing their very own responses. Attendees will try, practice, and share how to create “teaching” opportunities and provide input regarding their foundations and opinions, by way of responding to the question posted. Novice and advanced experts alike should find this session practical and helpful in further developing their careers as LCPs or Vocational Experts. Time will be given for “full audience” sharing in the final segment of the exercise.
PRESENTERS: Robert J. Pare’, MS, CRC, LRC, CDMS, Senior Rehabilitation Consultant, Consultative Review & Rehabilitation Dianne Simmons-Grab, MA, CCM, CLCP, President, Simmons Grab & Associates

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Concurrent Sessions
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m 501 – I Got the Ever-Changing Labor MarketLovin’/Hating the DOT - Bad Economy- Blues
This session will discuss how the world of Long Term Disability and Individual Disability Insurance are impacted in the given economy, general contractual issues with employees and the constant charge to provide fair, thorough, and objective vocational rationale for claims direction. There are also opportunities for outside vocational vendors to provide these services in certain situations and this will help make them aware of what the contracts entail. Participants will gain an understanding of how general contractual policy guidelines, as well as regulatory and industry standards, which govern forensic vocational analysis in LTD and IDI files differ from the regulations and standards that govern personal injury, Worker’ Compensation and Social Security vocational analysis. Participants will learn how forensic vocational rehabilitation consultants provide thorough, fair and objective review of LTD and IDI files utilizing the tools of our profession to evaluate occupational issues based on contractual definitions of disability.
PRESENTERS: Kelly Marsiano, MEd, CRC, ALHC, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, UNUM Betty Morris, MS, CRC, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, UNUM G. Shannon O’Kelley, MEd, CRC, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, UNUM

502 – Improving Ecological Validity in Cases of Brain Injury: How can the Life Care Planner and Vocational Expert determine what a person with Brain Injury can actually do?
In cases of acquired brain injury, due to the wide array of potential physical, cognitive and behavioral elements which effect a person’s ability to function independently, it is incumbent upon the life care planner to have the best, most predictive, assessments of the injured person to improve ecological validity for the life care plan. Also, due to cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social elements, even in “mild” or “moderate” ABI there is often a loss of “competitive edge” which can significantly impact the injured person’s access, participation, stability and upward mobility within the competitive labor market. Vocational experts tasked with providing a defensible opinion about the effect of a brain injury on a person’s current and future vocational functioning and earning capacity must be able to articulate how ABI symptoms or impairments impact job acquisition and job maintenance in a competitive labor market. This presentation will review the body of literature on long term care and return to work after ABI, what the role of a Life Care Planner and Vocational Rehabilitation Expert is within the arenas of rehabilitation and vocational forensics in litigation, review strategies to improve ecological validity and function in a work setting, provide an understanding of a well accepted system for determining loss of earning capacity and a review of the special challenges of providing projections of future living support and wage earning capacity for people with ABI.
PRESENTER: Brian Preston, MS, CRC, CLCP, CBIS, Regional Program Director, Learning Services

CEU TALLY DESK OPEN 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Hotel & Travel Information
Travel Information
Air Travel The Memphis International Airport (MEM) is located 10 miles (20 minute drive) from the Doubletree Hotel Memphis Downtown For more information, visit their official website at www.mscaa.com or call the Memphis International Airport at 901-922-8000. The following airlines fly into Memphis: AirTran Airways, American, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines/KLM, US Airways and United Express. Airfare Discounts IARP has arranged special discounted airfares for conference attendees flying in and out of Memphis, TN (MEM) on Northwest Airlines (IARP discount code: NM3SB). Reservations can be made online at www.nwa.com or by contacting the Northwest meeting services desk at 800-328-1111. There is a separate ticketing charge of $20 for tickets purchased via phone. At this time there is no ticketing fee for reservations made and ticketed online. Lowest fares depend on space availability, so book your flight early. Please note that international originating guests will need to call their local reservations numbers and provide an agent with the IARP discount code. Ground Transportation Tennco Downtown Shuttle Service Phone: 901-522-0001 www.tenncoexpress.com A local transportation company providing downtown airport and casino shuttle (other transportation services available upon request.) Airport shuttle service from the Memphis International Airport to hotels runs every 30 minutes on the hour and half-hour. Shuttle service from the hotels to the Memphis International Airport runs every hour. Fares from the Memphis International Airport (MEM) to the Doubletree Hotel – Memphis Downtown are $16 one way and $26 round trip excluding tip. Yellow Cab Phone: 901-577-7777 www.premierofmemphis.com Memphis’ preferred taxi company is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All drivers are licensed, permitted and professionally trained. All major credit cards accepted. Fares from the Memphis International Airport (MEM) to the Doubletree Hotel – Memphis Downtown range from $30 - $35 one way excluding tip.

Doubletree Hotel - Memphis Downtown 185 Union Avenue Memphis, Tennessee 38103 Phone: 901-528-1800 • Fax: 901-525-8509 The Doubletree Hotel - Memphis Downtown, located in the heart of downtown Memphis, enjoys a premier location directly across the street from the Peabody Place Entertainment and Retail Center and AutoZone Ball Park. The hotel is only blocks away from Beale Street (birthplace of the Blues), FedEx Forum (home of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies), the Orpheum Theatre, and the Pyramid Arena Sports and Entertainment complex. With easy access to I-40, the hotel is only 15 minutes from the Memphis International Airport (MEM). The hotel amenities include a well-equipped business center, a fitness center, and outdoor pool. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, hotel guests can enjoy the great atmosphere and popular American menu favorites of TGI Friday’s at the Doubletree. Room Reservations IARP has arranged for a special conference rate of $139.00 per night rate (plus applicable taxes) at the Doubletree Hotel – Memphis Downtown located at 185 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, 38103. In order to receive this special rate, call the hotel directly at (901) 528-1800 no later than Friday, October 2, 2009 to receive the special conference rate. Be sure to mention “IARP” to receive the discounted rate. Space is limited and IARP can not guarantee the room block will still be available at the cut-off date. PLEASE NOTE that wheelchair access and Braille signage, TDD phones and alarms available on request. Contact the hotel directly if you need any assistance.

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Conference Registration
Early-bird Registration Deadline
The early-bird registration deadline is September 15, 2009. All registrations received on or before September 15, 2009 will be eligible for early-bird rates.

Registration fees apply to the individual and cannot be shared among people from the same firm or company. To qualify for the IARP member registration fees, you must be a member of IARP when you register for and attend the Forensic Conference or enclose a completed membership application with full payment. Please note that registrations for the pre-conference workshops are not included in the conference attendee fee.

Refund Schedule
On or before Sept. 15, 2009 Full refund Between Sept. 16 – Oct. 15, 2009 Full refund less $100 After Oct. 15, 2009 No refund Fax or mail refund requests to: International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Attn: Forensic Conference Reservation Department 1926 Waukegan Road, Suite One Glenview, IL 60025 USA Tel: (847) 657-6964 Fax: (847) 657-6963

Registration Confirmation
All registrants will receive confirmation/receipt of registration via e-mail. If you have not received confirmation from IARP, please contact the registration department at (847) 657-6964.

IARP Conference Refund Policy
Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed or mailed to IARP Headquarters according to the following schedule. There are no refunds for no-shows. If you are unable to attend the conference, you may designate a substitute to fill your spot. The registration fee will be adjusted based on the substitute’s IARP member status. On-site substitutions will be assessed a $50 administrative fee. Any requests for refunds of room reservations must be made directly with the Doubletree Hotel Memphis Downtown or the hotel where you are staying.

Questions
If you have any questions about the IARP Forensic Conference and the registration procedures, please contact IARP Headquarters at (847) 657-6964.

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CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM
One form per registrant. Questions? Call (847) 657-6964

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Doubletree Hotel - Memphis Downtown • Memphis, Tennessee • October 29-31, 2009
BADGE/LIST INFORMATION. Limit degree/credentials to 12 characters. (please print or type)

FIRST NAME PROFESSIONAL TITLE ADDRESS STATE/PROVINCE PHONE E-MAIL

MIDDLE

LAST COMPANY CITY ZIP/POSTAL CODE FAX FIRST NAME FOR BADGE

DEGREE/CREDENTIALS

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Please indicate your interest in attending these sessions. Choose one session per time slot. The breakout sessions are included in your conference registration fee.

COUNTRY

Is this your first time attending the IARP Forensic Conference?

Yes

No How many?______

Friday, October 30 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 301 - Standard of Care versus Standard of Practice: Standards to Which Forensic Experts Adhere 302 - Ethical Considerations in Forensic Analysis of Individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 401- Markov Process Work-Life Expectancy Tables, the LPE Method for Measuring Work-Life Expectancy, and Why the Gamboa-Gibson Disability Work-Life Expectancy Tables are Without Merit 402 - Assessing the Impact of Autism Spectrum Disorders on Employability: A Methodology for the Vocational Expert 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 403- Calculating and Pricing Essential Household Production Services 404 – A Model for Calculating Lost Earnings and Benefits in Personal Injury Cases Saturday, October 31 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 501 – I Got the Ever-Changing Labor MarketLovin’/Hating the DOT Bad Economy Blues 502 – Improving Ecological Validity in Cases of Brain Injury: How can the Life Care Planner and Vocational Expert determine what a person with Brain Injury can actually do?

Number of Years Involved in Rehabilitation___________ If you have any special needs, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you: ______________________________________________________________________________________________

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
To qualify for the IARP member registration fees, you must be a member of IARP when you register for and attend the Forensic Conference or enclose a completed membership application with full payment. Prior to Sept. 15, 2009 After Sept. 15, 2009 IARP Individual Professional Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $395 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $495 IARP Associate Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $445 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $545 Non-Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $495 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $595 Student Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $200 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300 Retiree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $350 IARP Member One-Day Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Non-Member One-Day Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Which Day? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest $150 $275 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $325 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $375 $425 Saturday

Guest Name: ______________________________________________________________

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP REGISTRATION
The pre-conference sessions are not included in the conference registration fee. Please indicate which session(s) you are attending, only selecting one session per time slot. After selecting the sessions you want to attend, indicate the appropriate fee. Thursday Morning, Oct. 29 (8:00 a.m. - 12:00/12:30 p.m.) 101 – SSA-VE Basics 102 – So You Want to Become A Forensic Expert: Do You Have What it Takes? Thursday Afternoon, Oct. 29 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00/5:15 p.m.) 201 – SSA-VE Advanced 202 - Thinking Outside the Box, Part 3 of 3, Anatomy of a Case and Special Considerations

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Total Amount Due: $_________ (US funds only) Payment by Credit Card Visa MasterCard
ACCOUNT NUMBER

AMEX
EXP. DATE

Pre-Conference Workshop Fee

IARP Member Non-Member All Day, 2 workshops (morning AND afternoon) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $225 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $275 Half Day, 1 workshop (morning OR afternoon) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $175

NAMES AS IT APPEARS ON CARD

SIGNATURE

Refund Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed or mailed to IARP Headquarters according to the following schedule. There are no refunds for no-shows. Any requests for refunds of room reservations must be made directly with the hotel. On or before Sept. 15, 2009 – Full refund • Between Sept. 16 - Oct. 15, 2009 – Full refund less $100 • After Oct. 15, 2009 – No refund

Payment by Check Make check payable to International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals.

Complete entire application form including payment information.
Fax to: (847) 657-6963 Mail to: IARP, 1926 Waukegan Road, Suite One, Glenview, IL 60025 USA
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