Edward L. Bennett, Owner
Coast Rehabilitation Services
5290 Overpass Road, Suite 118
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
805-692-1823 Fax: 805-692-1827
Email: info@coastrehabservicesinc.com



OBJECTIVE

To provide vocational rehabilitation services & vocational rehabilitation evaluations within various systems.

EMPLOYMENT

Coast Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
June 1977 to Present
Offices in Los Angeles & Santa Barbara, California

Proprietor & Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for firm providing the following services in Southern, Central & Northern California:
  • Forensic evaluations for personal injury malpractice pediatric evaluations, wrongful death, wrongful versus Post-injury earnings capacity is at issue
  • Development of Life Care Plans for disabled individuals
  • Case Manager assisting the disabled community
  • Trust advocacy/guardianship for severely disabled pediatric cases
  • Evaluations for Workers' Compensation vocational rehabilitation, long-term disability, & longshore & harbor worker cases.
  • Social Security representation
  • Vocational & personal counseling
  • Vocational rehabilitation plans for selective job placement, on-the-job training, & academic training.
  • In-depth labor market research
  • Consultations for Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Consultant, County of Santa Barbara GAIN program
  • Consultant, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Consultant, disability retirement plans
  • Consultant, Social Security Administration, Office of Hearings & Appeals.
  • Consultant, long-term disability carriers
  • Consultant for States of California, Washington, Florida, Alaska & Hawaii
  • Disability advocate to aid & assist the disabled community in obtaining rightful benefits
  • Assessment of physical aspects of jobs (Job analysis)
  • Vocational testing, work tolerance evaluation, & job-seeking skills instruction
  • Testimony as vocational expert:
    • Superior Court
    • U.S. Federal District Court
    • Arbitrations
    • Deposition testimony
    • Administrative law hearings regarding Social Security
    • Informal/formal conferences for California workers' compensation vocational rehabilitation
    • WCAB hearings
    • Longshore & harbor workers ALJ hearings
    • Disability retirement ALJ hearings
    • Teacher removal, ALJ hearings (fit for duty)
    • Railroad retirement, ALJ hearings

International Rehabilitation Associates, Inc.
January 1977 to March 1978
Performed the work of a Workers' Compensation system vocational counselor.

EDUCATION
  • University of Florida, Winterpark, Florida
    Post-graduate certificate: Life Care Planning for Advanced Catastrophic Case Management, April 1995
  • University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado
    • M.A. Degree, Vocational Rehabilitation - 1976
    • B.S. Degree, Vocational Rehabilitation - 1975
  • Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York
    A.S. Degree, Liberal Arts & History - 1972
INTERNSHIPS
  • 1974, Wayne County Vocational Services, psychometric testing
  • 1976, Department of Rehabilitation; vocational rehabilitation counselor intern serving generalized case load
  • 1976, Rehabilitation Institute of Santa Barbara
    (aka Memorial & Rehabilitation); dual capacity, vocational rehabilitation counselor & intern psychological counselor intern serving catastrophically disabled & underChief Clinical Psychologist, Ronald Hartley, PhD
CERTIFICATIONS
  • Insurance Rehabilitation Institute, Certificate - 1977
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Commission on Rehab Counseling Certificate #11674 - 1978
  • Vocational Expert, Social Security Administration, Hearings & Appeals, Department of Health & Human Services - 1978
  • Certified Disability Management Specialist, Commission of Rehabilitation Counseling Certification, #00462, 1984
  • Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Federal Government, OWCP #13-31, 3/85
  • Diplomate, American Board of Vocational Experts, #292-85, 1985
  • Vocational Expert, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, 6/86
  • Out-of-State Provider, Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
    • State of Washington, Dept. of Labor, #7645, 2/89
    • State of Florida, Dept. of Labor, #XA003536, 6/90
    • State of Alaska, Dept. of Labor, #26619, 4/23/92
    • State of Colorado, Dept. of Labor & Employment, #1640, 9/590
    • State of Nebraska, Workers’ Compensation Court, VRC Cert. #PC-0320
    • State of Nebraska, WC Court, Job Placement Specialist Cert. #PJ-0303
  • Independent Vocational Evaluator, State of California, Dept. of Industrial Relations, 6/90
  • Certified Life Care Planning Expert, Certified For Life Care Planning for Advanced Catastrophic Care Mgmt, 1995
  • Certified Life Care Planner (Cert. #0028), Commission on Disability Examination Certification, 4/16/96
  • Fellow, International Academy of Life Care Planners, 11/11/02
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector NARPPS
  • Southern California Rehabilitation Exchange Association SCRE
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (aka California Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Pacific Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center (ADA Panel)
  • International Academy of Life Care Planners
AWARDS
  • 1975, Rehabilitation Services traineeship grant awarded by U.S. Government
PRESENTATIONS
  • Vocational Evaluations & Life Care Plans in Personal Injury Cases
    American Board of Trial Advocates, 5/31/83
  • Nuts & Bolts Aspects of Forensic Vocational Evaluations
    Santa Barbara Bar Association, Litigation Division, 8/31/89
  • Defense Forensic Vocational Evaluations & Life Care Plans
    Paper presented in-house, Law Firm of Lawler, Bonham & Walsh, 5/3/90
  • Defense & Plaintiff Forensic Vocational Evaluations & Life Care Plans
    Paper presented in-house, Law Firm of Mullen, McCaughey & Henzell, 5/16/90
  • Defense Forensic Evaluations & Life Care Plans Law Firm of Archbald & Spray, 1990
  • Defense Forensic Evaluation Law Firm of Nordman, Cormony, Hair & Compton, 1991
  • Defense Forensic Evaluation Law Firm of Henderson & Wolgamuth, 1991
  • Forensic Vocational Evaluations & Life Care Planning St. Paul Fire & Marine, 1993
  • Provisions of American with Disabilities Act In-house presentation, Kinko's Corporation, Phoenix 1994
  • Plaintiff & Defense Vocational Evaluations & Life Care Plans Santa Barbara Legal Assistants Association, 1994
  • Plaintiff Vocational Evaluations & Life Care Plans Santa Barbara Bar Association, 1994
  • Life Care Planning, Las Vegas Consumer Attorneys, California Trial Lawyers Association, 1995
  • Panel Presentation: Plaintiff vs. Defendant Vocational evaluation & Life Care Planning
    Ventura Bar Association, 1995
  • American Law Institute - American Bar Association
    Committee on Continuing Professional Education
    6th Annual Advanced ALI-ABA Course of Study for Plaintiff & Defense Bars
    Current Developments in Employment Law
    Santa Fe, New Mexico - 7/15/99 - 7/17/99
    Topics:
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Experts in ADA & Other Employment Cases (Mitigation; Substantial Limitations; Loss of Future Earnings; When to Use Such an Expert; Special Problems in Preparation for Direct/Cross Examination)
  • Mock Trial/Panel Discussion: Cross-Examination of Vocational Expert
    Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, 7/27/99
PUBLICATIONS
  • American Disabilities Act Alliance Newsletter
    Center on Education & Work - University of Stout
    Kinko's Way Ahead on ADA; Chapter on Life Care Planning, 4/93
  • Dental Malpractice. Author: Safler; Publisher: Wylie & Sons, Inc. Chapter on Life Care Planning, 4/26/96

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