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Difficult Hypotheticals—Typical areas for questioning, how to answer, and sources to use


This presentation will focus on how to respond during a Social Security Disability Hearings to “Difficult Hypotheticals” such as multiple moderate limitations, non-exertional limitations, restrictions not addressed in the DOT, reps and ALJ’s who frame questions in an unclear manner, answering on the “fly” and other common situations that challenge the VE.

Length: 1 Hour
Credits: 1.0 CEs of the following credits have been applied: CRCC, CDMS, CVE, CWA, CCAA, CCMC, ABVE (Pending Approval)
Cost: Members: FREE, Non-Members $45

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Participants will be able to identify the typical types of questions and content areas representatives and ALJ’s will ask that are difficult to respond to..
  2. Participants will be able to develop a strategy to clarify difficult questions and answer them in an objective manner.
  3. Participants will be able to identify core sources to use to respond to difficult hypotheticals


  • Dr. Amy Vercillo

    Dr. Amy Vercillo has a Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degree from Boston University. Dr. Vercillo has been one of principles of Rehabilitation and Re-Employment a private rehabilitation agency providing medical and vocational case management as well as expert testimony. Dr. Vercillo is also an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and serves as the Rehabilitation Counseling representative of the MA state licensing board for Allied Mental Health Professionals. She has conducted research on the issues of Job Retention, Vocational Services following a Work-Related Injury, as well as Homelessness, Disability and Vocational Services.

March 25, 2020
Wed 1:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 0M

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