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Transitioning Veterans In The Workplace

Webinar: ID# 1022921
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About This Course:
This webinar will provide insight into why hiring veterans is good business.

This population is transitioning from active service to employment. While it can be difficult to accurately describe a large group, the webinar will educate on key attributes demonstrated by veterans.

Additionally, we will explore their avenues to employment and how various venues serve and assist veterans transitioning to civilian work.

And lastly, the interaction and experiences of vocational counselors with veterans and employers in the workplace will illustrate successful transitions.

Agenda
  • General Introduction, Service Member Characteristics, Demonstrated Attributes, and General Information and Facts About This Population
  • Vocational Services Provided to Veterans Including Career Planning, Observations of Employer Hiring, Facilitating Workers With Changes to Career After Injury
  • Transition Services for Veterans Provided by Contracted Counselors to the Veterans Administration
  • D1 - Chapter 36 - Initial Educational and Vocational Assessment
    • When Does This Occur?
    • What Does This Entail?
    • Real Life Examples of Developed Goals and Outcomes
  • A-1 Chapter 31 Complete Initial Evaluation
    • When Does This Occur?
    • What Does This Entail?
    • Real Life Examples of Developed Goals and Outcomes
  • Additional Interactions of Service Members With Employers and Vocational Counselors in the Workplace for Success
    • ADA
    • RTW
    • Job Placement
    • Transition From Military Life to the Civilian Workplace
    • PTSD Considerations and Strategies
About The Presenters

Eric Bensch, MA, CDMS, CRC, LMFT
  • Has been practicing as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at OSC Vocational Systems, Inc. in Tacoma since 2002 providing services to L&I, the Veterans Administration and occasionally for Alaska Workers Compensation, while also doing vocational expert work for the Social Security Administration and personal injury cases
  • Has presented at Lorman Seminars for fellow professionals and wrote an article and book review for IARP
  • Attended post graduate training in Seattle, WA and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist before becoming a VRC
  • Holds certifications as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Disability Management Specialist
  • Specialties include vocational assessments and forensic work
  • Undergraduate degree in Religious Studies, University of Calgary; M.A. degree in counseling, Sioux Falls Seminary (formerly North American Baptist Seminary) in Sioux Falls, SD
Cloie B. Johnson, M.Ed., CCM, ABVE-D
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselor and case manager with OSC Vocational Systems, Inc. in Bothell, Washington
  • Has been practicing in the rehabilitation field since 1987 providing consultation, opinion and vocational expert testimony in workers' compensation, personal injury and employment discrimination cases
  • Has particular expertise in providing earning capacity assessments and preparing life care plans and medical bill reviews in injury cases involving the complicated constellation and interplay of physical, mental and emotional impairment
Jessica L. Lehman, MHS, CRC
  • Has worked in social services for 20+ years and has had the pleasure of working at OSC Vocational Systems, Inc. since 2002
  • Extensive experience with providing case management, vocational assessment and academic/aptitude testing
  • Specific focus of services include; workers' compensation, veteran services, vocational testing/assessment and life care planning
  • M.H.S. degree in rehabilitation counseling, University of Florida, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
Leesa M. Sjolin, MS, CRC
  • Began her professional career working as a mental health therapist specializing in anxiety and stress management and utilizing biofeedback in group and individual settings
  • After 11 years, she moved into the field of rehabilitation, and has worked for OSC Vocational Systems, Inc. in the Spokane office since 2004 focusing on helping injured persons in a variety of settings including State fund, life care planning, and litigation return to safe and satisfying employment whenever feasible, and striving always to return to the most dignified and independent lifestyle
  • She continues to maintain her Mental Health License and also is a Certified Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Has the honor of acting as the local manager for a sub-contract with the Veteran's Administration for all of Washington and North and Central Idaho, helping to coordinate work with OSC and VA vocational counselors to assist the VA in their work with service members and veterans providing individual counseling as well as a variety of interest, ability and aptitude testing toward the same goals of education, training, and employment
  • Master's degree in clinical health psychology, Eastern Washington University
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