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0000 xxxxxx xxxx , xxxx , xxxxx 00000

                                                                                                                 xxx-xxx-xxxx or  xxx-xxx-xxxx

Special Needs Rehabilitation Specialist and Advocate

Comprehensive Counseling Strategies ~ Client Relations ~ Creative Training Programs


Results-driven Vocational Specialist eager to contribute expertise in motivation, employment services, and state and federal policies related to individuals with disabilities, specifically in a progressive rehabilitation environment where these skills can be utilized cross-functionally.  


Qualifications Profile


n  Broad knowledge of all phases of rehabilitation, including: caseload management,  interdisciplinary and differentiated skills development, employment placement planning, behavioral assessment and discipline management.

n  Vast and diverse professional and academic background with the ability to inspire and motivate many types of clients, including those with behavioral, learning, physical, and mental disabilities.

n  Comprehensive understanding of the education arena due to advanced practical and academic training.  

n  Competent leader and mentor who is able to create a team environment, including building collaborative relationships, training clients and peers to perform at maximum efficiency.

n  Consistently focus on ensuring development of high-standard rehabilitation protocols. 

n  Proven ability to adapt strong process knowledge and technical skills to diverse organization needs.


Transferable Competencies


n  Demonstrate dynamic leadership qualities and strong communication skills in successfully steering planning meetings and delivering comprehensive strategies.

n  Assist clients in accessing services such as mental health counseling, housing and other supportive services in collaboration with other professionals.

n  Serve as liaison between the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in Canton, OH.

n  Capable of in-depth research and data analysis with the purpose of improving client learning and comprehension of different skill sets.

n  Develop and implement numerous protocols and policies with the purpose of identifying and resolving relevant development opportunities in a proactive manner. 

n  Use knowledge of different learning styles and theories to effectively introduce relevant and salient programs.

n  Skilled at managing multiple projects and leading teams in cross-functional, concerted efforts.

n  Provide on-going client support and mentoring whenever necessary.


Academic Training & Professional Certifications

n  M.E.d. C Rehabilitation Counseling, Kent State University

n  M.A. C Speech and Language Pathology, Kent State University

n  Currently Pursuing Doctoral Studies C Psychology (Pending 2013), Walden University

n  Certifications - Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification, Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor




Professional Experience


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission             2005-Present


n  Primary functions includes: Counsel eligible people with disabilities toward employment in mutually agreed upon vocational goals based on an assessment of interest, values, capabilities, and vocational impediments.

n  Provide information concerning rights, federal and state regulations, agency policies and procedures, confidentiality, comparable benefits, community resources and the Client Assistance Program.

n  Obtain necessary diagnostic information and consults with other professionals concerning consumer needs and issues.


Intern for Student Accessibility Services, Kent State University                                           2004-2005


n  Primary functions included: Performed student intake interviews; reviewed and assessed medical documentation, assigned academic accommodations and counseled students on disability and academic related issues.

n  Independently coordinated the office of accessibility services when required by supervisor.

n  Assisted with finding effective solutions to problems for students related to academic issues as well as acted as an advocate for students with disabilities when necessary with faculty and staff members.


Graduate Clinician, Kent State University Speech & Hearing Clinic                                           2001-2004


n  Primary functions included: Performed specialized clinical work under supervision including diagnosis and treatment of speech and language disorders in adults and children.

n  Performed hearing screenings as needed and provided aural rehabilitation therapy for individuals with hearing loss.

n  Provided accent reduction therapy for adults speaking English as a second language.


Graduate Assistant, Kent State University                                                                                 1998-2004


n  Primary functions included: Management of student record information, specialized administrative tasks, as well as assisted in transitioning student information and records from paper based system to computer database system. 


Additional Experience


Peer Academic Advisor, Kent State Stark, Office of Student Services



Additional Information 


n  Conversational and written Spanish proficient

n  Presenter for the Ohio Rehabilitation Association on multicultural counseling issues

n  Grant selection committee providing funds to projects benefiting people with disabilities

n  Presented research "Voice Perceptions of Centenarian Voices" in a poster session for the Ohio-Speech and Language Association Convention

n  President of Ability Unlimited (a student organization for students with disabilities) during the 2003-2004 school year

n  Co-teacher for a distance learning class "Disability Policy for the 21st Century"

n  Presenter for the Ohio Rehabilitation Association on multicultural counseling issues

n  Member of Diversity Committee at Rehabilitation Services Commission

n  Member of National Rehabilitation Association


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