Dr. Amos Sales – In Memory

The VECAP community shares in mourning the loss of Dr. Amos Sales.

From Philip R. Johnson, PhD, CRC

In Loving Memory Of Dr. Amos Sales

Amos Sales, dedicated educator and scholar, former Director of the University of Arizona Rehabilitation Counseling Program, and a Past-President of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education passed away unexpectedly on June 25, 2016.

Dr. Sales became Director of the Rehabilitation Program at the University of Arizona in the early 1970s and held that position until his retirement in 2012. During Dr. Sales’s lengthy career, he received over 30 citations, certificates, and awards. He was also a Past-President of the NRA, in addition to being a Past-President of the NCRE. Dr. Sales received the National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s Distinguished Career Award (1998), the Department of Education’s RSA Commissioner’s Award for distinguished achievement and distinction in rehabilitation education (2000), and the American Counseling Association’s Ralph Berdie Research Award (2002).

Dr. Sales was highly respected and admired by many of the students who were fortunate enough to work with him. A former doctoral student who had studied with Dr. Sales named one of his sons Amos in honor of him. I have heard from several former students who contacted me to express their feelings about Dr. Sales. I would like to share a few of their comments:

“He was an incredibly earnest, genuine, funny and brilliant fellow. This is very sad indeed!”
“Dr. Sales was such a great supervisor and advocate.”
“Dr. Sales was a leading figure at the University of Arizona and in our profession.”
“He was a consummate professional and will be greatly missed.”

Liz Piña-Figueroa, our program coordinator, who had worked closely with Dr. Sales, shared the following with me: “He was indeed a great man, gentleman, friend, crazy about his wife and family – he was proud of his grandkids. As a boss he was the best! Always looking for ways to motivate his admins, he was always very grateful.”

During the past couple of years, I was fortunate to have been able to spend some time with Dr. Sales on a fairly regular basis. I really enjoyed getting together with Dr. Sales, especially when I could get him to talk about some of his experiences in rehab and to share some of his feelings about the current state of our profession. At times, he would apologize for dominating the conversation. It never bothered me; I loved it. Dr. Sales was rehab to the core. We’ve lost one of our greats.

Thank you,
Philip R. Johnson

Philip R. Johnson, PhD, CRC
Assistant Professor of Practice
Coordinator, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Specialization
Counseling Program
Department of Disability

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.

October Third Thursday

Join us October 20, 2016   3-4pm (EST)

October Third Thursday Education Series

Topic: Vocational Evaluation Topical Buffet  

Presented by: Choose from multiple presenters of recent Third Thursday Education Series Topics (Each topic is a separate registration fee which includes 1 CEU/CRC credit)

Case Study Review – Sam Castiglione, D.Ed, PVE

Ethics and Social Media – Jill Flansburg, PhD, PVE

8 tips for interviewing ASPD Overview.Bio.EdDunbar – Ed Dunbar

More information and registration access to come!

Individual Fees:
$30 for VECAP Members
$35 Non-Members
$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 https://ncrtm.ed.gov/. Questions or requests for more information about the project can be directed to NCRTM@neweditions.net.

Keep up with us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/RSA_NCRTM

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