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Collaboratively Serving Iowans with Disabilities: The Role of Psychologists
Friday, November 04, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST
Category: Events

Collaboratively Serving Iowans with Disabilities: The Role of Psychologists (1.5 Hours)

Beverly Westra, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of Iowa, with training and expertise in counseling psychology, health psychology, and neuropsychology. She has reviewed more than 20,000 disability claims in her 24 years as a Psychological Consultant with Disability Determination Services.

Casey Ehn is a Disability Examiner at Iowa Disability Determination Services. She has previous work experience in providing services to individuals with autism. Her undergraduate degrees are in Human Services and Psychology, with a Master’s in business administration.

April Stotz is the Training Resource Manager for Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has worked for IVRS for 17 years. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology, with a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling.

1.5 CE Hours available

November 4, 2022 | 12pm - 1:30pm CST

IPA Member: $37.50
IPA Lifetime Member/ECP Member: $22.50
IPA Retired Member (No CE Credits): $15
IPA Student Member: $0
Non-Member: $52.50

Zoom: credentials will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.

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About This Workshop

The purpose of this virtual training is to enhance knowledge and skills of psychologists providing services to individuals applying for Social Security Disability benefits or seeking vocational rehabilitation services. Staff from Iowa Disability Determination Services (DDS) and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) will discuss eligibility requirements for these benefits, as well as medical evidence that is needed to establish a disability as defined by SSA and IVRS. There will be a focus on best practices for conducting disability evaluations, as defined by SSA policy. Increasing psychologists’ understanding of these issues supports improving access to benefits and services for which clients may qualify.    

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. How disability is defined by the Social Security Administration, with a focus on mental impairments;
  2. Social Security disability determination process to support clients who are applying;
  3. What medical evidence is requested from mental health providers when a client applies for disability and how it is used in the review process;
  4. Best practices for conducting Consultative Exams ordered by Disability Determination Services and performed by psychologists in the community;
  5. Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and what documentation is needed to establish VR eligibility for clients.

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Continuing Education

CE will be emailed to attendees who have completed the training evaluation.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

IPA will offer a full refund to registrants who cancel their registration 7 days prior to an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 7 days of the event, no refund will be offered.

Contact: Suzanne Hull, [email protected]