Posted on: November 3, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The DOT vs. Employment Numbers

The DOT is THE current source for SSA VEs when performing impartial testimony….but does it provide Job Numbers>>>NO!  https://youtu.be/OYquJaYYv-o Last week we introduced the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) as THE source of information for the SSAVE. The Social Security Administration still considers the DOT as the primary source for you to go to…but as part of your testimony not only do you need to be able to understand what…

Posted on: October 27, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Why the DOT???

Why this document? Why the Dictionary of Occupational Titles? Why does the Social Security Administration continue to use this document that hasn’t been rewritten or updated since 1991? https://youtu.be/l9AlvGg0ZOM The Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) is the overall baseline reference for the Social Security Administration Vocational Expert. Whether you use the DOT in hardcopy format (good luck since it’s out of print – you can go to Amazon and buy…

Posted on: October 20, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The SSA VE Handbook (Part 2)

The official SSAVE Handbook…given to you courtesy of the Social Security Administration.  This handbook is the old school, approved road map to get you along the way…but like we said in our last article and video…it’s definitely not enough. Welcome back! Today our focus is to talk through the next level of understanding the content in the Social Security Administration’s Vocational Expert (SSAVE) Handbook.  Along the way, we’ll adapt or…

Posted on: October 13, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The SSA VE Handbook (Part 1)

Remember our talk about the Social Security Administration Vocational Expert (SSAVE) Handbook?  We start with that to illustrate the difference between training and education.  However – the SSA VE handbook is full of great details…and we’ll get into some today! The VE handbook is complete with the “what” of being and doing as an SSAVE.  What the disability process is, what the hearings are, what the SSAVE is responsible for,…

Posted on: October 6, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The Importance of the SSA Vocational Expert

https://youtu.be/f_wpORTmyZs Welcome to the next installment of the Stroud Academy Social Security Administration Vocational Expert (SSAVE) Series. Our topic this week is the importance of the SSAVE’s testimony – and to be clear, we’re talking about the role the SSAVE plays as an impartial witness for the Social Security Administration.  Last week we introduced the SSAVE Handbook from the Social Security Administration. We followed up by listing any required training…

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…