Posted on: September 11, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Learning and the SSA Vocational Expert

This week at Stroud Academy we’re going to approach things a little differently and talk about the individual learning process. When we talk education from this perspective, we’re really getting at the sum total of all individual life experiences.  This combination ultimately contributes to the method in which one feels most comfortable learning.  This means that adult learning is accomplished in a different manner than how we learn in childhood.…

Posted on: September 2, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The SSAVE…an Interview part 2

Completing our series on the experiences of SSAVEs, Stroud is proud to bring you an interview with Joyce Brumbaugh, MS, CRC, who has even more experience as an SSAVE.  Let’s see what she has to say about training, preparation, and performing as an SSAVE! Can you give a brief background of your formal education and experience? I have a B.S. in business administration, a paralegal certificate, a court reporting certificate,…

Posted on: August 31, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The SSAVE…an interview

For all those wanting to become a Social Security Administration vocational expert or just thinking about it, Stroud Services is proud to present a recent interview with a newer SSAVE.  Let’s check out what Chris Briggman, MS, CRC has to say! Can you give a brief background of your formal education and experience? I have worked within the field of vocational rehabilitation since 2012. My experience includes working as a…

Posted on: August 24, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The Occupational Outlook Handbook…FREE!!!!

…. You don’t have to buy everything…the Occupational Outlook Handbook is free through the US Bureau of Labor Statistics!  This Handbook is something that will contribute greatly to your performance as a vocational expert.  The OOH is that new definitive source – and your analysis of the data contained within (we suspect) will grow greatly in the years ahead as the SSA transitions away from the Dictionary of occupational titles…

Posted on: August 19, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The HALJ…or Handbook for Analyzing Jobs

…. Continuing with our series on books that you should have in your library as an SSA vocational expert is the Handbook for Analyzing Jobs. Direct out of the introduction for the Handbook it says that it “contains the methodology and benchmarks used by the cooperative federal state occupational analysis program in gathering and recording information about jobs.”  This includes all of the definitions of over 13,000 occupations and even…

Posted on: August 17, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The DOT…otherwise known as the Dictionary of Occupational Titles

For all those wanting to become a Social Security Administration vocational expert, part of your additional research is to actually understand the textbooks that are available in the field. Unlike a true vocational education or collegiate preparation, there aren’t many courses out there (other than the VELaunchpad!) that set you up with this information. The primary source for everything right now as an SSAVE is the Dictionary of Occupational titles.…

Posted on: August 12, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Part 404 of CFR, Subpart P

 By now if you’ve gone through all the posts here in Stroud Academy, you been able to see that we’ve introduced the concept of the Social Security Administration vocational expert.  This includes what it is and what they do. We’ve then brought in the role that they play and their part in the overall disability process, giving you a glimpse of what that process looks like from the perspective of…

Posted on: August 10, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Part 404 of CFR, Subpart J, part 2…Whew!

During our last session we introduced subpart J of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 404 as really meeting the nuts and bolts of what a SSA VE or Social Security Administration vocational expert does on a day-to-day basis.  Subpart J is what actually gets us into the role..meaning how SSAVEs perform the role.  We stopped at the section starting in the actual hearing before an administrative law judge…

Posted on: August 5, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Part 404 of CFR, Subpart J, part 1…Wow!

Over the last few posts, we’ve introduced the different regulations that the Social Security Administration uses to provide an overview and introduction to guidance for Social Security Administration Vocational Experts (SSAVE) as they enter this world of disability determinations. We covered subparts D&H under part 404 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and these set the stage as an introduction into overall background of the disability process. Today, we…