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

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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
Cost: Members: FREE, Non-Members $15

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


  • Amy E Vercillo ScD, CRC, CDMS, LRC

    Dr. Amy Vercillo has a Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degree from Boston University in Vocational Rehabilitation. She is a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor in Massachusetts, is a Board Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a Board Certified Disability Management Specialist and Vocational Expert for the Social Security Administration. She currently serves on the MA State Professional Licensing Board of Allied Mental Health as the Rehabilitation Counseling Representative and previously served as the Vocational Rehabilitation representative on the Governors’ Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation. Dr. Vercillo is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston in CounselingDepartment. 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. Dr. Vercillo has spoken extensively at national conferences on Social Security and vocational issues and has authored a book chapter on Consultation in Social Security Disability Law. Dr. Vercillo has been one of principles of Rehabilitation and Re-Employment a private rehabilitation agency providing vocational case management as well as expert testimony. She has been qualified as an expert witness in Federal, State and Administrative Courts.

March 25, 2020
Wed 1:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 0M

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