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  • SPECIAL OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY FOR IARP MEMBERS for 2020 The Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services (VRTS) section of IARP is offering you an opportunity to directly market your services to the Counsel of Parent Attorney Advocates (COPAA) conference ...

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  • Covid-19 Immigrant Relief Fund

    I wanted to make sure that you are all aware of the WA Covid-19 Immigrant Relief Fund. Applications are due by December 6th  which is coming up really quick. I hope this helps some of your workers. See below for the link with more information and how to apply.




    WA IARP Board

  • COVID-19 – Challenges and Coping Registration

    Good afternoon!


    The registration link is now available to sign up for our next webinar event. See details and the registration link for this event below. We hope you can join us!


    TITLE: COVID-19 - Challenges and Coping

    WHEN: November 18th, 2020 10:00 AM-11:00 AM (Pacific time)

    WHERE: From the comforts of your computer - via ZOOM-link to be sent later

    WHAT: Dr. Nora Kris Marks from Columbia Basin Psychological Services will address some of the barriers we face in helping workers navigate loss and how the Covid-19 pandemic may add to or amplify these barriers.  She will discuss how she helps workers identify vocational barriers using a worker centric approach. We will also learn about techniques for self-care in our professional and personal roles, as this is important. Credits will be available for 1.0 hour (for CRC, CDMS, ABVE)!

    COST: $10.00/members; $15.00/non-members


    You can register for this event here: https://rehabpro.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1436405


    IARP Board

  • Upcoming webinar: COVID-19 - Challenges and Coping

    A save the date announcement was previously shared regarding our next webinar, which will be held on 11/18/2020. We are working on getting the registration link up on the IARP website and apologize for delays. We will have the registration link out to you all as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience! See below for what we have planned.


    TITLE: COVID-19 - Challenges and Coping

    WHEN: November 18th, 2020 10:00 AM-11:00 AM (Pacific time)

    WHERE: From the comforts of your computer - via ZOOM-link to be sent later

    WHAT: Dr. Nora Kris Marks from Columbia Basin Psychological Services will address some of the barriers we face in helping workers navigate loss and how the Covid-19 pandemic may add to or amplify these barriers.  She will discuss how she helps workers identify vocational barriers using a worker centric approach. We will also learn about techniques for self-care in our professional and personal roles, as this is important. Credits will be available for 1.0 hour (for CRC, CDMS, ABVE)!

    COST: $10.00/members; $15.00/non-members



    IARP Board

  • Kids' Chance WA Fun Run Fundraiser

    In the News!

    It’s better to run towards something instead of from something. By joining the Kids’ Chance Washington’s October Fun Run Fundraiser 5k, you can help youth in Washington sprint towards college. Part of a national organization, Kids’ Chance Washington is a nonprofit run locally by leaders in labor, business and government to provide college scholarships to children and spouses of workers who have had a serious work-related injury, condition or death. #KidsChance #fundraiser #thankyouforyoursupport https://kidschancewa.org/


    Online Event







    Kathy Keefe, CDMS

    Kids’ Chance WA  Fundraising Co-Chair and Scholarship Committee

    ( 206) 348-3304  cell

  • Save the Date!

    Good afternoon, membership!

    The Board would like to announce that our next webinar will be held on 11/18/2020 at 10 AM for approximately an hour. We hope to deliver a learning opportunity surrounding behavioral health and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes our own mental well-being. We want to ensure you all take the time to check in with your own health to keep your cups full. More details to come. Have a great day! 



    IARP Board

  • WA IARP – Scholarship to IARP Annual Conference 2020

    IARP Membership - 


    This year, the WA-IARP Board has again decided that we would like to send one of our members to the  National IARP Conference from 10/7/20 – 10/10/20, which is virtual this year. I apologize for the delay, as this event is fast approaching; however, we wanted to make sure that we can provide this opportunity. We are offering a $725.00 scholarship to one member. You can apply for the scholarship by writing to the Board about why attending the National Conference would be of value to your career, and what you would like to gain from the experience. We will in turn ask that you write an article for our next Newsletter about your experience. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please submit your paper to ktaylor@eastsidevocational.com no later than 9/30/20. Since the event is virtual this year, conference registration will be open until 10/6/20. Preference will be given to individuals who have never attended a National Conference before. Please do not apply if you’ve already been a recipient of this scholarship. For details regarding the event, please go to this link: https://rehabpro.org/page/iarpconference.


    Sincerely, your WA-IARP Board

  • WA IARP – Virtual Training Opportunities

    Good morning afternoon!


    I hope that you all continue to stay healthy and well this week!


    The WA Chapter Board is planning upcoming training opportunities for this fall. As expected, these will be virtual and hosted via Zoom, as we continue to monitor changes and updates regarding Covid-19.


    We wanted to take the time to reach out to our members and remind you that your feedback is always welcome! We are circulating ideas that we believe will cater to the vocational community, both professionally and personally, as we all continue to navigate the “Covid climate” and face various challenges.


    We have received great feedback regarding having peers within the community speaking or providing workshops on certain topics that may benefit all during this time. Therefore, if you or a peer are interested in being a speaker via webinar format in the months to come, please reach out to me with your suggestions! Your ideas for future trainings are also appreciated. We look forward to sharing details as we continue to develop upcoming events. For now, stay healthy!


    Katrina Taylor, WA IARP President

  • IARP Annual Conference Registration is Avaiable

    Hello, everyone!


    Registration is open now through October 6th for the 2020 IARP Annual Conference which will be held virtually from October 7th-10th. Details for registration, pricing, and this year’s lineup can be found here:




    Also, IARP is soliciting nominations for the 2020 Annual Awards. Please consider colleagues or a self-nomination for one (or more) of the following awards: 


    The Lifetime Achievement Award

    For the individual professional member who has demonstrated a history of distinguished service or life-long commitment to the rehabilitation profession and has made significant and notable contributions both to the organization and profession throughout his/her career.  Retired can be considered.


    Outstanding Professional Member Award

    Volunteerism can occur outside of the umbrella of IARP activities or in IARP sponsored charities (i.e. Kids Chance).  For purposes of evaluating candidates the volunteer activity would predominantly be within IARP or those charities sponsored by IARP or IARP recognized chapters.


    Outstanding Leadership Award

    For the individual professional member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the service of IARP, either at the section level, international level or within a particular chapter. He or she is commitment to the rehabilitation profession, and has made significant and notable contributions both to the organization and profession throughout his/her career.


    Emerging Professional Award

    For the individual professional member who has expanded the role of rehabilitation professional through IARP participation, leadership, volunteering, and/or professional growth, thereby representing and promoting the mission of IARP to a larger audience.


    Additional information, including eligibility and online nomination forms can be found here: https://rehabpro.org/page/award-nominations

  • 6/11/2020 WEBINAR


    The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis, putting millions of people out of work. As economies start to reopen, the jobs people held in February may no longer exist. Microsoft and LinkedIn are hosting a global webcast this Thursday, June 11 that starts at 8 a.m. featuring the two companies’ CEOs and other leaders as they discuss how to help workers develop digital technology skills, wherever they are starting from, to ensure an inclusive economic recovery. Webcast info: https://aka.ms/Skills



  • IARP WA Spring Webinar

    The WA-IARP Board is pleased to announce a special Spring Webinar in lieu of the annual spring conference! We want to rally together to continue our educational pursuits as an industry, give back to our community during the COVID-19 crisis, and would be honored if you would join us:

    WHEN: May 28, 2020 from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
    WHERE: From the comforts of your computer - via ZOOM-link to be sent later
    WHAT: 4 fabulous, innovative speakers discussing Vocational Recovery, Working with an AP, and Ethics earning you 3 CEUs (for CRC, CDMS, ABVE)!
    COST: $25.00/members; $50.00/non-members

    We will be donating all proceeds to the WA Food Fund through Philanthropy Northwest, who are working to donate food and supplies to those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. You can learn more about this charity here: https://philanthropynw.org/wa-food-fund

    You can register for this event on the WA-IARP website: https://rehabpro.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1374919

    Stay healthy and see you soon!

    Featured Webinar Speakers:

    Ryan Guppy & Vickie Kennedy (Chief of Return to Work Partnerships & Assistant Director, Insurance Services @Washington State Department of Labor and Industries)

    Ryan Guppy is Chief of L&I’s Return to Work Partnerships Program where he works to ensure the design, purchase, and effective use of work disability prevention interventions. He is a member of the Disability Management and Return-to-Work Committee of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions and past president of the Washington IARP chapter.

    Vickie Kennedy became L&I’s Assistant Director for Insurance Services in 2013, having been with L&I in the workers’ compensation field for over 45 years. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the IAIABC, chairing their Disability Management and Return to Work Committee and has been recognized as for her public service leadership as a 2016 recipient of the Governor’s Leadership in Management Award and the 2017 L&I’s Agent of Change Award. Vickie recently joined the Advisory Council for the national Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study.

    Laura Rachel Kaufman, MD, PhD (COHE Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente Washington Group @WPMG Washington Permanente Medical Group)

    I trained at University of Cincinatti College of medicine (MD, PhD Epidemiology) and University of Utah (Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine residencies). I came to Group Health after several months as Acting Medical Director for Hill AFB dispensory. I have been at GH/KP since Fall, 2005, and was part of the first wave of COHE providers when Valley Medical expanded the COHE. Though I do see new claims, about half of my work is from transfer of care from other providers (and patients) both within and from outside KP.

    Jeff Cockrum, JD, MA, CRC, CDMS (Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor @Achieve Consulting Team)
    Mr. Cockrum has over 17 years of experience as a vocational rehabilitation counselor after having entered the industry in 2002. His work includes provide vocational support to industrially injured workers, members of the military, and community members. Mr. Cockrum has also appeared in front of the BIIA, Superior Court, and the Social Security Administration. Mr. Cockrum has also completed several one-off contracts, including job analysis development for local employers and the Port of Tacoma, where he developed job analyses for each position at the Port. Mr. Cockrum attended law school at the Seattle University School of Law while continuing to practice as a vocational counselor. He served on the SU Law Review as an R&T Editor and completed a Rule-9 internship. Mr. Cockrum also has a Master of Arts degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from George Washington University. He is certified as a Disability Management Specialist (CDMS) and Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

    IARP Board
  • SAVE the DATE! WA-IARP Webinar 5/28/2020 8:30 am – 11:30 am. 3 CEUs (1 ethics)


    I hope this announcement finds you all in good health. Your WA-IARP Board finds it prudent to cancel our in-person conference scheduled to take place at the end of May due to the COVID-19 crisis. Stay tuned! We are working to provide a virtual training this spring and will announce the new training details in the very near future. Thank you for your patience as we adapt plans during this time of uncertainty and crisis. Stay home and stay well!


     Angie Westling, WA-IARP President

  • IARP WA Chapter Spring Conference v. COVID-19

    IARP WA Chapter Annual Spring Conference planned for May 28-29 is still a "go." The Board of Directors is continuing to monitor information concerning the COVID-19 virus and will communicate any changes to this year's conference as warranted. 
    Thank you for your interest and participation in IARP. 
    Angie Westling
    IARP WA President
  • 2020 WA IARP Conference Agenda

    THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020

    7.5 CEUs


    7:00 am-8:00 am - Registration, Hot Breakfast and Networking with Colleagues


    8:00 am-8:15 am - Welcome & Opening Remarks –Angie Westling, CDMS, Immediate Past President and Katrina Marquardt-Taylor IARP WA Chapter President


    8:15 am-10:15 am – Jason Parker Keynote – Changing the story of Work Disability  


    10:15 am-10:30 am - Break, Networking with Colleagues and Vendors


    10:30 am-11:30 am – Laura Kaufmann, MD Meeting with the Doctor, the second visit. Ideas on starting and continuing a productive working relationship with Attending Providers


    11:30 am -12:30 pm - Catered Hot Lunch, Networking with Colleagues and Vendors


    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – From Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Ryan Guppy, Chief of Return-to-Work Partnerships, Vickie Kennedy, Assistant Director Insurance Services Vocational Recovery: Changes, Updates and Future Opportunities


    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Eli Brackenbury LNP COHC of Lamb Weston – The Path Less Traveled – See how partnerships help change outcomes


    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Tod Doran of Law Offices of Thomas L Doran, PLLC – Vocational Recovery Project: How to bring the claimant’s attorney to the table


    3:30 pm – 3:45 pm - Break, Networking with Colleagues and Vendors


    3:45 pm – 4:45 pm – Jeff Cockrum, JD, MA, CRC, CDMS – (Ethics 1 hour) How does one develop one’s ethical principles? A discussion on legal and rehabilitation training and experience.


    4:45 pm – 4:50 pm - Closing Remarks

    Thursday Evening Event

     Gardiant, the makers of VocWorks, will be hosting our Thursday Evening Event. 

    More details to follow!


    FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020

    7 CEUs



    7:00 am-8:00 am - Registration, Hot Breakfast, and Networking with Exhibitors


    8:00 am-8:15 am - Welcome & Opening Remarks – Katrina Marquardt-Taylor, IARP WA Chapter President


    8:15 am-9:45 am – Bob Wilson – How the VR Project is Improving Worker’s Comp


    9:45 am-10:45 am – Kristin Biggs, Rainier Case Management – Job Development 101 – Gain confidence to help your injured worker return to work.


    10:45-11:00 a.m. – Break, Networking with Exhibitors


    11:00 am - Noon – Greg Kabacy, Aspire Consulting – Working with the Employer for a Successful Outcome


    12:00 pm -1:00 pm – Hot Lunch, Networking with Exhibitors


    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Tom Polsin and Todd Gendreau – Social Security / Legal: The Occupational Requirements Survey: What is it and how can I use it in my practice?


    2:00 pm –3:00 pm – Betsey McGavic Carrillo - Portland Community College Resources – OST – Customized, creative and individualized training – a worker centric training option


    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm - Break with Exhibitors, Exhibitor Basket Drawings


    3:15 pm – 4:15 pm -   Jeff Cockrum, JD, MA, CRC, CDMS – (Ethics 1 hour) Round-table on ethics development in the rehabilitation and legal fields.   


    4:15 pm – 4:30 pm – Closing Remarks


    To register on-line go to the IARP WA Chapter webpage: link: https://connect.rehabpro.org/washington/home then click on the "Chapter Events" tab to get to the on-line registration links.  For registration via check payment, please download, complete and return your registration payment via US mail to the address listed on the IARP WA Conference Registration form.


    For questions or additional information:

    Angie Westling, Katrina Marquardt-Taylor, or Sandra Holman

    2020 Spring Conference Chairs

    angie@career-opps.com / kmarquardt@eastsidevocational.com  / sandra@career-opps.com


  • 2020-2021 WA-IARP Board Nominations

    You still have time to nominate a colleague or yourself for the 2020-2021 WA-IARP Board! Nominations end on 3/30/20. Please send your nomination to Sandra Holman Thomas at sandra@career-opps.com. Elections will run from 4/1/2020 - 4/30/2020 with the announcement of the new Board on 5/1/2020. Thank you for being interested in WA-IARP's future! 

  • Registration is Open for the 2020 WA-IARP Conference



    The 2020 WA-IARP Conference will take place at the Emerald Queen Casino conference center building which is completely separate from the main casino building and is smoke free.  You will earn 14.5 CEUs if you attend both days of the conference.  IARP Members can get the early bird registration cost for both days for ONLY $160!  Early bird registration ends on 4/24/2020.  Conference costs for other categories are outlined below:


    One Day Registration: Thursday or Friday

    Early Bird Rate (through April 24, 2020): Members: $100.00/Non-Members: $225.00

    Normal Rate Members (April 25, 2020): $125.00 / Non-members: $265.00


    Two Day Registration: Thursday and Friday

    Early Bird Rate (through April 24, 2020) Members: $160.00 / Non-members: $400.00

    Normal Rate Members (April 25, 2020): $185.00 / Non-members: $475.00


    Thursday Night Networking Event:  FREE

    Please use the following link to register for the conference: 


    Please see the attached conference agenda for more specific speaker information. 

    Emerald Queen Casino Hotel has 30 rooms reserved for the conference attendees.  If you want to ensure that you have a room to stay at the EQC Hotel, please make your reservation by 5/5/2020; the rooms will be released to the public at that time.  


    Please note that EQC hotel allows smoking.  If you would rather not stay at the EQC, there are a number of neighboring hotels where you can stay.  The conference room rate is $109 + tax.  You can use the booking ID # 11086 when booking a room at EQC. Cut-off date for the room booking is 5/5/2020.  You can contact EQC at 1-888-831-7655 to make a room reservation.  

    Other surrounding hotels are: Quality Inn at 253-922-2500 or Days Inn 253-923-2301

    If you have any questions or would like to receive any additional information, please contact Angie Westling at angie@career-opps.com ; Katrina Taylor at  kmarquardt@eastsidevocational.com; OR Sandra Holman at sandra@career-opps.com  



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