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401: How to Handle Difficult Hypotheticals in Hearings

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SSVE’s are frequently challenged with unusual hypotheticals that are outside of occupational definitions, hybrids as far as tasks, skills and strength and must be answered within the hearing quickly. Research, case law, regulations and resources to support responses to difficult hypotheticals will be presented. The presentation will review a basis for response to these hypotheticals.

learning objectives

  1. Identify the key vocational components of difficult hypotheticals presented in Social Security Disability Hearings.
  2. Identify key Social Security rulings and regulations specific to vocational definitions and the framing of hypotheticals.
  3. Identify and describe the basis used for the opinions and typical responses.


  • 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.

May 3, 2024
Fri 3:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 0M

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