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Webinar: Moving Ahead: Artificial Intelligence in Vocational Rehabilitation Practice

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The upcoming webinar is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) and its practical applications for professionals in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation. The session will commence with an overview of RAG, elucidating its function and defining its scope within artificial intelligence technologies. Following this, the webinar will specifically address how Rehabilitation Counselors and Vocational Evaluators can leverage RAG to enhance their practices, offering concrete examples and potential strategies for implementation. Furthermore, the discussion will critically examine the ethical considerations surrounding the use of RAG, ensuring that its deployment aligns with the established ethical code of Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC). This comprehensive approach aims to equip practitioners with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively integrate RAG into their professional activities, fostering an environment of ethical and innovative practice.

Credits: 1.0 CEs of the following credits have been applied: ABVE, CCMC, CDMS, CLCP-MSCC, CRC-CVE (Pending Approval)

  • CE approval codes valid through March 2025.


  1. Define Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG), including its function, mechanisms, and relevance to artificial intelligence technologies.
  2. Apply RAG to the practices of Rehabilitation Counselors and Vocational Evaluators, including the identification of specific strategies and tools that can be utilized to enhance their work with clients.
  3. Identify actionable insights and strategies for incorporating RAG into their vocational rehabilitation practices, focusing on practical applications that can be adopted immediately.
  4. Examine ethical considerations of using RAG in vocational rehabilitation settings, determining whether the use of RAG aligns with the ethical standards and practices mandated by the Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) code of ethics.
  5. Analyze innovative approaches to their work by integrating advanced AI technologies like RAG, thereby enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of vocational rehabilitation services.


  • Paul Bourgeois, PhD, CRC, NCC

    Paul Bourgeois, Ph.D., C.R.C., N.C.C. is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and National Certified Counselor. Paul received a doctorate in rehabilitation counselor education at the University of Arizona. He earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation and disability studies from Springfield College. Paul has over a decade of experience as a professor, researcher, rehabilitation counselor, and vocational consultant. In addition to his work with Vocational Diagnostics Inc., Paul is a tenured associate professor at the University of New Haven in the Department of Psychology. Paul is an active researcher with scholarly articles published in a variety of refereed journals. Paul is a frequent speaker to counseling, rehabilitation, and disability related groups and professional organizations.

  • Christopher Skerritt, CRC, ABVE/F, IPEC, CVE, CLCP, MSCC, CEAS

    Christopher Skerritt is a vocational rehabilitation expert based in Smithfield, Rhode Island, strategically located between Massachusetts and Connecticut. With a background in rehabilitation needs, vocational evaluation, labor market analysis, employability assessments, and Social Security vocational expertise, Christopher provides a wide range of services. Christopher has worked in both the private and public sector areas of vocational rehabilitation and case management. His expertise is in life care planning, assistive technologies, career counseling, psychometric test administration and analysis, and medical cost projections. He is also well-versed in ADA compliance consulting, case management, job analysis and modification, transition and education evaluation, and Return to Work (RTW) planning. Christopher earned his Masters of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling and Bachelors of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences while attending Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He holds the following licenses and certifications: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor-280654, Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor-LRC10000009, Certified International Psychometric Evaluator, Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist, Fellow of the American Board of Vocational Experts, Remote Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist-I, Certified Life Care Planner, Medicare Set-aside Certified Consultant™, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Qualified Rehabilitation Counselor-Rhode Island, Vermont Certified Rehabilitation Counselor V0014.

April 4, 2024
Thu 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 0M

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