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The Impact of Psychiatric Limitations on Employability: Establishing Defensible Vocational Opinions

[No CEs] Vocational experts are often called upon to provide opinions of employability in light of limitations stemming from psychiatric impairment. This presentation will offer techniques to provide defensible opinions, including an explanation on how to connect the Social Security Administration's Mental Residual Functional Capacity Form to temperaments defined by the Revised Handbook for Analyzing Jobs and utilized in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. An examination of commonly posed hypotheticals in Social Security hearings will be undertaken, and results of an employer validation study on the availability of frequently cited jobs in light of typical psychiatric limitations will be revealed.

Objectives

  1. Translate the MRFCA form used by the Social Security Administration into temperaments defined by the RHAJ and utilized in the DOT
  2. Cite results of an employer validation study on the availability of occupations in light of non-exertional and psychiatric restrictions
  3. Prepare for commonly posed hypotheticals in Social Security Disability adjudication and other forensic venues
Speakers
Craig Johnston, PhD,
Maya Codina, BS