IARP Texas Spring 2019 Educational Seminar
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When: Friday, March 22, 2019
Where: Collin College – Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center
9700 Wade Boulevard
Frisco, Texas  75035
United States
Contact: Jacqueline Valencia Mendez
(713) 526-7215 ext. 016

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SPRING 2019 ALL DAY CONFERENCE — March 22, 2019


Conference Center • Preston Ridge Campus • Collin College 9700 Wade Boulevard • Frisco, Texas 75035


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Goals of Conference Attendance and Participation

  • Sharpen your knowledge and skills – resulting in professional growth and accomplishment.
  • Gather new ideas – acquire and share new information about what is happening today in the field of Case Management and Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Be inspired by learning new ways of accomplishing your personal goals and objectives for your profession through educational sessions and conversation.
  • Understand how to better use new methods and trends involved in today’s communications and networking.
  • Build, establish, expand, and utilize your networking skills with noted and accomplished professionals and and practitioners in rehabilitation and case management.
  • Become aware of the latest products, services, solutions, and innovative programming through interaction with exhibitors.
  • Expand your practice and explore new career options as a rehabilitation professional.
  • Earn continuing education contact hours to apply toward professional growth and skill enhancement.
  • Educate CCM board certified case managers, CRCC certified rehabilitation counselors, CDMS certified disability management specialists, State of Texas licensed professional counselors (LPC), Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) Providers of employment services (UNTWISE) and other appropriate rehabilitation professionals regarding the changes that are occurring in the general field of rehabilitation with regard to communications, updating of laws and regulations, ethics, and new approaches to traditional aspects of rehabilitation and case management.
  • Network with your peers or develop professional relationships with new peers from all across the state. Connect with other professionals that will help build your practice.

Conference Objectives

At the completion of the Spring All Day Conference participants will be able to:

  1. Gain a better understanding of the priorities and operation of the Texas public vocational rehabilitation transition program under the state employment agency, Texas Workforce Commission.
  2. Understand the spectrum of care and issues related to the opioid crisis and the treatment options associated with chronic pain.
  3. Realize the weight of licensure as rehabilitation professionals to ensure all clients/customers/evaluees are receiving the best possible vocational rehabilitative service from a qualified, certified, and licensed professional.
  4. Realize the latest trends in the general field of rehabilitation and how they might be applied to our own practice as rehabilitation professionals.
  5. Inform yourself on other areas of practice available to you as a rehabilitation professional in the private sector.
  6. Become aware of the varying sectors of rehabilitation that you can enter with your experience as a rehabilitation professional and how to enter the private sector.
  7. Fully understand the ethical dilemmas that are most common in the rehabilitation counseling and case management professions working with a diverse population.
  8. Become aware of the challenges and ethical dilemmas that are present with multicultural counseling and how to perform your job ethically within your profession.
  9. More fully understand the applicability of various provisions of the Codes of Ethics, Codes of Professional Behavior or Codes of Professional Conduct of organizations such as CRCC, CDMSC, CCMC, and IARP as well as more completely understand the ethical expectations of case managers and other rehabilitation professionals as they make contact and work with medical facilities, employers, insurance companies, and patient/client representatives, including families.

Continuing Education Credits

IARP Texas has applied for and approval is pending for 8.00 contact hours for Continuing Education purposes for CRC, CCM, CDMS, Texas LPC, and UNTWISE. In addition, sufficient documentation and verification, as needed, will be provided for those seeking continuing education approval on their own from other licensing or certifying bodies including those for physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, nursing, psychology, etc.

“It is CRCC, CDMSC, CCMC’s philosophical belief that all programs must be held in an accessible, barrier free location so that no one with a disability is excluded from participation. Furthermore, CRCC, CDMSC, CCMC strongly encourage all programs to comply with relevant federal, state, and local laws relating to serving people with disabilities.”

Certificates of Completion will be issued to seminar participants who fulfill the requirement of attendance at individual sessions; these certificates will be issued at the Continuing Education table by authorized officials of IARP Texas upon the presentation of completed Evaluation Forms for each individual session attended as well as the Overall Evaluation Form that applies to all aspects of the Spring All Day Conference.

Specific Certificates of Completion for CCM, CRC, CDMS, Texas LPC, and UNTWISE will be issued only to those individuals who can be properly identified as having those certifications or licenses. A generic Certificate of Attendance and Completion will be issued to non-certified or non-licensed attendees who desire them. Questions should be directed to John Camacho.

Ethics Continuing Education Credits

The ethics presentation to be given by M. Dillon Snowden has been prepared specifically to cover ethical topics, concerns, and incidences that are found in the Codes of Ethics or Codes of Professional Conduct for CRCC, CCMC, CDMSC, Texas LPC, IARP, and others. The organizations and their individual codes are referenced, when appropriate, throughout the presentation. 1.5 contact hours have been applied for and is pending approval from CRCC, CDMSC, CCMC, Texas LPC, and UNTWISE.

Sponsoring Organization

The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals – Texas Chapter (IARP Texas), which was formerly known as the Texas Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and Providers of Services (TARPPS) is an affiliate of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP). IARP was established in 1977 and incorporated in 1982. IARP Texas was established in 1982.

IARP Texas is a Texas association that exclusively represents the interests of rehabilitation professionals in both the public and private sectors, and its membership is composed of case managers, vocational counselors, insurance nurses, professional counselors, job placement specialists, vocational evaluators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation educators, disability management specialists, ergonomic specialists, social workers, students enrolled in rehabilitation counseling programs and other related curricula, and a variety of rehabilitation facility personnel including administrators, managers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and marketing personnel.


A number of IARP members made suggestions for topics and presenters for this All Day Conference and board members made the contacts necessary to secure some of the speakers we have here today. Special thanks to the Education Committee Chair: Jacqueline Valencia Mendez as well as Education Committee members: Bob Cogburn and Carolina Valencia Salazar, for their very valuable assistance in preparing an educational and informative conference.

Special THANKS and APPRECIATION to all the presenters who have agreed to give freely of their time and effort to share their knowledge and expertise with those in attendance. They have unselfishly agreed to take time away from their busy careers to spend with us at the Spring All Day Conference.

To Our Colleagues and Young Professionals

The best way to be the most effective, most productive, and most ethical, rehabilitation professional is to continue learning – learning about everything one can about rehabilitation, case management, disability management, vocational counseling, life care planning, forensics and all the other fields and niches within rehabilitation. It is hoped that this All Day Conference and the various topics that have been chosen for presentation will be just one opportunity today to continue your learning. Your learning will also be continued and enhanced through the connections you make or renew today with other professionals in the general field of rehabilitation and case management. You will find many professionals who have many years of experience as well as relatively new professionals all of whom can be helpful as you seek to grow in your profession – growth in knowledge, experience, ability, technique, and capacity.

For the student attendees, you not only have an opportunity to continue your classroom learning, but you have the opportunity to consult with and learn from rehabilitation professionals who are already doing what you are preparing to do – and you might just learn about opportunities available to you with regard to mentors, internships, and future employment.

Conference Agenda and Schedule

Friday, March 22, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration/Breakfast/Exhibits Open

7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.


IARP Texas President: Welcome

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

First General Session – An Overview of the Vocational Rehabilitation Process and Transition Services
Kevin Markel, Rosla Hocker, and Gena Swett Texas Workforce Commission Dallas, Texas
1.5 contact hrs.

Provide an overview of the Transition Services provided by the Texas Workforce CommissionVocational Rehabilitation Division to special education students across the state of Texas.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Second General Session – Texas Licensure for Rehabilitation Counselors: The Time is Now!
Michelle Aliff, MRC, CRC, Vocational Expert, Aliff Vocational Consultants, LLC, Lubbock, Texas; Bruce Bloom, M.Ed., CRC, CAS, IPEC, CEO/Vocational Expert, Bloom Consulting, LLC Austin, Texas
1.25 contact hrs.

Review the qualifications required to provide vocational rehabilitation services and consideration of state licensure to ensure qualified professionals are rendering vocational rehabilitative services to individuals with disabilities in the state of Texas.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Break/Refreshments/Explore Exhibits

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Third General Session – Careers in Private Rehabilitation
Anthony R. Morin, MA, CRC Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Unum Portland, Maine
1.25 contact hrs.

Discuss and review career options for rehabilitation professionals interested in a career in private vocational rehabilitation. Areas discussed will include forensic rehabilitation, case management, disability management, Social security testimony, life care planning, and transitional services.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch/Exhibits Open (sponsored by IARP Texas)

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Fourth General Session – Adding Civil Case Experience to Case Management and Social Security Expert Practices
R. Brad Coffey Vocational Expert Re-Employment Resources, L.C. San Antonio, Texas
1.25 contact hrs.

Discuss transition steps and strategies to expand skills of the rehabilitation professional into other evaluation and testimony areas. Review the principles of building on current skills and grown into expert consultation in civil case work in state and federal courts.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fifth General Session – Understanding Personal Ethical Constructs that Impact Multicultural Counseling Relationships and Outcomes
M. Dillon Snowden, Ph.D. Rehabilitation Consultant Dillon Snowden & Associates Fort Worth, Texas
1.5 contact hrs.; Ethics

Discuss the potential ethical challenges that may be present when providing counseling services to a multiculturally diverse population and the guidance provided by our ethical codes of practice.

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Break/Refreshments/Explore Exhibits

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sixth General Session – The Opioid Crisis and Chronic Pain
Tommy Overman, Ed.D. Clinical Director Dallas Spinal Rehabilitation Center Dallas, Texas
1.25 contact hrs.

Discuss chronic pain and the current opioid crisis facing patients. Discuss the history of opioid use, the current crisis, and explore alternatives for treatment.

5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Awarding of Certificates of Attendance and Continuing Education Credits – Total 8.00 contact hrs

Registration Options

You are encouraged to register as soon as possible so as to give Conference planners additional information with which to work and to help the Sponsoring Organization (IARP Texas) honor its commitments regarding attendance, food, and accommodations. Registrant information is needed to make decisions about presentation style, handouts, etc. You may register in a number of ways:

  1. Online (by clicking the REGISTER button above). IARP's new website has made it possible for individuals to register and pay online. Log in to get your member rates. Any technical issues related to the IARP office (info@rehabpro.org).
  2. Regular Mail. Complete the Registration Form and return with your check or money order by mail to the address noted on the form. Make all checks payable to “IARP Texas.” Get the EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT by mailing your Registration Form and check so it is postmarked by Friday, March 8, 2019. Please mail registration form along with check or money order to our treasure: Jennifer Pavlik at 4606 Morningside Drive, Suite A, Houston, TX 77005.
  3. E-mail. Complete and email the Registration Form or simply provide the information requested on the form in your e-mail and indicate whether you are sending a check or money order by mail or will be paying at the Registration Desk on the day of the conference. Get the EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT by e-mailing your form or required information AND then sending your check by mail by Friday, March 8, 2019. If you e-mail your form or information, but do not pay until the day of the Conference, you do not qualify for the discount. If you would like to register via email, please email your registration form to our treasurer: Jennifer Pavlik at jennifer@lopezkramberg.com. (Per PCI compliance, please do not send credit card information via email to protect your information.)
  4. On the day of the conference. You may register on the day of the All-Day Conference and pay all fees at that time. Walk-Ins are welcome! Discounts do not apply on the day of the Conference.

Method # 1, # 2, or # 3 is strongly Preferred method because it allows us to do better planning and meet our commitments.

Registration Fees

IARP Member:
$100.00 (on or before 03/08)
$125.00 (after 03/08)

WFS-VR Services Staff:
$115.00 (before or after 03/08)

TRA Member:
$115.00 (on or before 03/08)
$130.00 (after 03/08)

$125.00 (on or before 03/08)
$150.00 (after 03/08)

IARP Student Member:
$30.00 (before or after 03/08)

Student (Non IARP Member):
$40.00 (before or after 03/08)

Location – Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center Frisco, Texas

The Spring 2019 All-Day Conference will be held at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center of Collin College in Frisco, Texas. The location is easily accessible by automobile from anywhere in the Greater Dallas – Fort Worth area as well as from other locations in Texas. Those traveling to the Seminar from other parts of Texas by plane will find the location easy to reach by means of taxi, shuttle, rental car, or private automobile from either Dallas Love Field or DFW International Airport. Frisco is a northern suburb of Dallas, and the Preston Ridge Campus is located just a short distance from the Sam Rayburn Tollway’s Preston Road exit approximately 20 miles north of Downtown Dallas.

The Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center is a fairly new, stand-alone, beautiful, utilitarian facility on the college campus and is also well-designed for seminars and workshops and equipped with the latest in technology. There is ample parking in lots adjacent to the Conference Center and, in case of inclement weather, there is an enclosed parking garage adjacent to the Center as well. All parking is free.


Those needing detailed directions to the Preston Ridge Campus of Collin College please enter the address: 9700 Wade Boulevard, Frisco, TX 75035 into your GPS or map application. The best way to get directions that are specific to you is to Google Preston Ridge Campus, Collin College, and click on Map/Directions for written directions and a map to the campus from your location. With the completion of the Sam Rayburn Tollway and its links with the Dallas North Tollway and the President George Bush Tollway, reaching the Preston Ridge Campus is fast and easy. It is also easily accessible by means of Preston Road, Central Expressway, I-35 North, and I-635 – LBJ Freeway.


There is ample parking adjacent to the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center. There is a huge surface parking lot immediately in front of the Conference Center and another one in back of the Center. There is easy and immediate entry to the Conference Center from either lot. In addition, there is a parking garage a short distance from the back of the Conference Center. Conference Attendees are welcome to use any of the parking accommodations and all parking is free.

Lodging / Accommodations

There are many hotels, motels, and inns located near the Preston Ridge Campus of Collin College in Frisco, Texas – some less expensive than others. Make your own reservations directly with the accommodation of your choice. A list of nearby Hotels is noted below.

Hotels in Frisco, Texas
Near Collin College – Preston Ridge Campus

Aloft Frisco
3400 Parkwood Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75034
Phone: 972/668-5959
2.6 miles from campus

Candlewood Suites Dallas-Plano
4701 Legacy Drive
Plano, TX 75024
Phone: 972/618-5446
5.1 miles from campus

Comfort Suites at Frisco Square
9700 Dallas Parkway
Frisco, TX 75034
Phone: 972/668-9700
4.9 miles from campus

Embassy Suites
7600 John Q Hammons Dr.
Frisco, TX 75034
Phone: 972/712-7200
3.1 miles from campus

Hampton Inn & Suites Legacy
3199 Parkwood Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75034
Phone: 972/712-8400
2.7 miles from campus

Hilton Garden Inn Frisco
7550 Gaylord Parkway
Frisco, TX 75034
Phone: 469/362-8485
3.1 miles from campus

Holiday Inn Frisco
3400 Parkwood Boulevard
Frisco, Texas 75034
Phone: 972/668-5959
2.6 miles from campus

Homewood Suites by Hilton
3240 Parkwood Blvd.
Frisco, Texas 75034
Phone: 214/618-0111
2.8 miles from campus

Inn at Stonebriar
4246 Preston Road
Frisco, Texas 75034
Phone: 972/668-9400
1.7 miles from campus

NYLO Plano at Legacy
8201 Preston Road
Frisco, Texas 75034
Phone: 972/624-6990
1.9 miles from campus

The Westin Stonebriar
1549 Legacy Drive
Frisco, Texas 75034
Phone: 972/668-8000
5.2 miles from campus

Wingate by Wyndham
14700 State Hwy. 121
Frisco, Texas 75034
Phone: 214/494-5500
4.5 miles from campus

Other Information


Dress for all the events involved with the All-Day Conference is business casual and comfortable. A light sweater or cardigan may be brought due to the cool room and air-conditioning used for the number of Attendees in one large conference area.


The campus and buildings of Collin College (including the Conference Center) are completely accessible to the handicapped and disabled and, once inside, all accommodations are barrier-free and accessible as well. Anyone wishing to attend the IARP Texas All Day Conference and who needs any type special assistance should indicate this on the Registration Form or contact Carolina Salazar (carolina@lopezkramberg.com) or 713/526-7215 ext. 014. Interpreters for deaf/hearing impaired attendees will be provided on request and noted on the Registration Form. The request must be made by Friday, March 1, 2019, to give sufficient time to make the necessary arrangements.

All documents used or distributed at the Spring All Day Conference can be provided in accessible formats upon request. Any request for accessible documents must be presented no later than Friday, March 1, 2019, to assure the timely preparation and availability. Forward your request to Carolina Salazar at carolina@lopezkramberg.com.

Smoking Policy

Collin College is a smoke-free campus; No Smoking is allowed anywhere on campus at any time.


Should an individual who has registered and paid to attend the IARP Texas Spring 2019 All Day Conference find that he/she cannot attend, he/she may request a refund of the registration fee. It is the policy of IARP Texas to offer a full refund of the registration fee if the individual makes the request on or before Friday, March 8, 2019. The refund request may be made via e-mail, letter, or phone call to Jennifer Pavlik, and the request must be received by the March 8th date. No refund will be made on any request after Friday, March 8, 2019, due to financial obligations and commitments that have been made by IARP Texas – no exceptions! All refund requests will be processed within ten (10) days of the receipt of the request.

Contact information for Jennifer Pavlik is:
E-mail: jennifer@lopezkramberg.com
Phone: 713/526-7215 ext. 017
Mail: 4606 Morningside Drive, Suite A, Houston, Texas 77005

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