VECAP Welcomes New Board Members

Election tallies are in! Welcome to the following new Board Members!

  • Sam Castiglione, President Elect
  • Sarah Gagnon, Secretary
  • Tracy Piazza, Treasurer
  • Dawn Rowe, Board Member at Large
  • Margay Hamilton, Board Member at Large
  • John Thomason, Standards Co-Chair
  • Mike O’Brien, Membership Co-Chair
  • Judy Imperatore, Advocacy Co-Chair

We anticipate a great year ahead! Please keep in touch with your VECAP Board and Home Office and let us know how we can best serve you.

February Third Thursday

Join us February 18, 2016   3-4pm (EST)

for the February Third Thursday

Topic: 8 Tips for Interviewing Clients with Antisocial Personality Disorder

Presented by: Ed Dunbar, MS, LCAS, LPCA, CSI; Doctoral Student with East Carolina University, Dept. of Addictions & Rehabilitation Studies

See the Third Thursday Flyer for more information and share with colleagues!

Individual Fees:
$30 for VECAP Members
$35 Non-Members

New! $20 Student Rate

Group Rates:
$24 per person (pp) for 5 or more Members
$28 pp for 5 or more Non-Members
Save an additional $1/per person for groups of 10 or more! (contact home office for special pricing)

NCRTM – Access to VEWAA Journals & other VE related papers

Archived VEWAA Journals & other Vocational Evaluation related papers are back!

The following press release outlines the newly redesigned National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM). Using the NCRTM link below, search the database using “vocational evaluation.” (Be sure to check the “include archived materials in this search” box) Happy hunting!

Falls Church, VA: The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) invites the vocational rehabilitation (VR) and education communities to explore the newly redesigned National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM), which launched on November 5, 2015.

The NCRTM is RSA’s central portal that provides users access to a wide range of materials and the opportunity to disseminate their own rehabilitation training resources. RSA is particularly interested in showcasing resources developed through RSA grant funds as a way for grantees and RSA to demonstrate accountability for the Federal investment in training grants. Contributors can receive recognition for top-rated materials and reach target audiences for dissemination.

The portal features robust search capabilities, a star quality rating system, enhanced usability and accessibility, and most importantly, new resources. Additionally, while the new clearinghouse will focus on current materials, an archive of NCRTM resources dating back to the 1960s will remain available.

Beyond the library functions, the portal is also a universal space for RSA-related happenings and news. Users can browse upcoming and archived RSA webinars, view Federal Register announcements on the news page, or peruse a listing of RSA-funded resources and centers.

The NCRTM can be accessed at Questions or requests for more information about the project can be directed to

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And the winner is…

Thank you to all who submitted nominations for the 2015 VECAP Awards. Awardees were recognized at the 2015 VECAP National Issues Forum in October. Please join us in congratulating the following recipients!

The Mike Rubin VECAP Service Award is presented to a VECAP member who has made a significant contribution to the organization. This service could have been provided during the past year, or over several years.

  • Kate Kaegi, MS, CRC, Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Virginia

The Paul R. Hoffman Award is given in recognition of innovation and creativity in service to person with disabilities through professional or technical achievements in vocational evaluation or work adjustment.

  • Steven R. Sligar, EdD, CVE, PVE, Associate Professor
    Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Vocational Evaluation, Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

The Dick Omang Best Practices Award is presented to a VECAP member who best exemplifies the practices of vocational evaluation or work adjustment in the field.

  • John Thomason, MS, Vocational Evaluator IV, OK DRS, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Lisa Blakeney, MA, CVE, PVE, Vocation Validation, LLC, Maryland

The Career Decision State and Rehabilitation Counselor Education Programs

Thank you to Dr. Stephen Leierer for allowing us to share this article with our readers:


Undergraduate and graduate students enroll in rehabilitation counselor education programs with varying degrees of commitment to a career goal in the field. The career decision state (CDS) comprising certainty, satisfaction, and clarity is a snapshot of one’s career goals. It is bidimensional, differentiates between undergraduate and graduate rehabilitation counseling students, and is associated with negative career thinking. Implications for using CDS in the form of a brief questionnaire, in student orientation and ongoing advising, and in future research are discussed.

Stephen J. Leierer, PhD and Robert C. Reardon, PhD, Caroline K. Wilde, PhD, Gary W. Peterson, PhD

Access the full article HERE

Volunteer — Your Organization Needs You!

partnersimages2The Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals is a not-for-profit organization. Volunteers   help our members in their professional development and in their work with people to match them with training, careers, and employment. You can help VECAP and its members via your home and work computer!

VECAP welcomes people from all walks and stages of life as volunteers, and we hope our opportunities give individuals a sense of “giving back” to communities, as well as helping them exercise and develop various skills. Volunteers are asked to take on one to six-month assignments, depending on their availability and the assignment. You can help VECAP with:

Web site development
From converting information into .html, to creating image maps and interactive forms, volunteers can help develop and sustain our Web site presence.

Content Reviewers
We need volunteers to regularly review content for a selected program or subject on our Web site, and occassionally test our beta-test pages and services.

Online Publicity
We need assistance to get the word out about VECAP and its programs. This would include researching outlets, as well as posting to appropriate list serves and newsgroups.

Online Research
We are constantly looking for collaboration opportunities and best practices, as well as information that supports VECAP goals. We need assistance in finding organizations doing related work to ours, and in finding data and statistics that support our work.

Volunteer Coordination
We need a volunteer to help us coordinate, organize and recruit other volunteers for various endeavors.