Southwest District

The Southwest District of the IARP-Florida Chapter embodies the IARP mission of strengthening the community of rehabilitation professionals over the course of a lifetime. We strive to provide meaningful educational and networking opportunities, retain and grow membership, promote and support quality research, establish effective relationships with allied organizations, and influence legislative, policy, and regulatory issues. 

In January 2019, The Southwest District held the inaugural John A. Orphanidys Forum in partnership with the University of South Florida Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program. In 2020, in response to COVID 19 and subsequent social distancing measures, the Southwest District moved to virtual webinar offerings to continue providing quality training opportunities to local rehabilitation counselors, case managers, nurse case managers, students, and other ancillary professionals. In place of an annual forum, the Southwest District provides quarterly webinar trainings on pertinent topics enhancing the practice of private and public vocational rehabilitation providers.

Our vision remains to support IARP in becoming a leading international professional association. Our members have been active at the State and National leadership levels. John Orphanidys is a past member, who’s recommendation that we have a scholarship fund has resulted in a current balance of $14,000 available for Graduate Students in the USF Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program. Additional notable members and past members include Jeff Carlisle, Bill England, Steve Cooley, Tennyson Wright, and John Orphanidys.

For more information on the Southwest District or IARP in general, please contact us.

Joey Kilpatrick – SW District President | (813) 655-7633 |

Bill England – SW District Treasurer | (727) 347-0386 |