Joseph H. Torres, M.Ed. C.R.C.

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Certified Vocational Expert

Fellow, American Board of Vocational Experts

CURRICULUM VITAE


CERTIFICATIONS/DESIGNATIONS

  • Certified Vocational Counselor, United States Department of Labor

  • Vocational Expert, Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

  • Certified Vocational Expert American Board of Vocational Experts

  • Certified Vocational Expert, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California

  • Certified Mediator, Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School, Malibu, California

  • Independent Vocational Evaluator, Division of Industrial Accidents, Office of Benefit Determination, Rehabilitation Unit, State of California

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Career Development, Inc. Orange, California

Position: VOCATIONAL EXPERT/CONSULTANT

  • Vocational Expert, Provide expert witness testimony for Plaintiff and Defense Attorneys, in State Superior Courts: for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review and Workers' Compensation Appeals Boards.
  • Vocational Consultant: Assess the person's ability to perform various activities required in specific careers or vocations by reviewing medical reports, conducting personal interviews, conducting academic and vocational testing. Develop return to work plans that are compatible with the person's current physical, linguistic and academic abilities.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor: Develop and implement vocational programs for industrially injured workers unable to return to their normal and customary occupations following the Rules and Regulations of California Labor Code Section 139.5 in coordination with industrially injured workers, applicant and defense attorneys and insurance representatives.
  • Voc-Aid, Inc. Santa Ana, California

    Position: VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor: Developed and implemented vocational programs for industrially injured workers unable to return to their normal and customary occupations following the Rules and Regulations of California Labor Code Section 139.5 in coordination with industrially injured workers, applicant and defense attorneys, and insurance representatives.
  • Placer County Office of Education, Auburn, CA

    Position: DIRECTOR

  • Director of Multi-cultural Education: Developed and implemented multi-cultural educational programs for the 15 school districts served by the County Office of Education, prepared/disbursed budgets and program reports, community liaison.
  • Director of Vocational Training: Recruited, selected and supervised staff and students for vocational training programs. Monitored students' progress, community liaison, prepared/disbursed budgets and reports.
  • Nevada County Office of Education, Nevada City, CA

    Position: DIRECTOR

  • Director of Multi-cultural Education: Developed and implemented multi-cultural education program and services to limited and non-English speaking students for the 19 school districts served by the County Office of Education, prepared/disbursed budgets and program reports, community liaison

EDUCATION

  • 2 years of Law School Trinity University College of Law, Santa Ana, California
  • Master of Arts Degree in Education California State University at Sacramento, Sacramento, California
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Associate of Arts Degree in Sociology Cerritos Community College, Norwalk, California
  • United States of America Army Honorable Discharge

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Completed courses, seminars and sessions sponsored by the following institutions and associations from 1982 to the present time:

  • American Board of Vocational Experts
  • International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • California Association of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Professionals
  • Southern California Rehabilitation Exchange
  • Organization of Bilingual Rehabilitation Associations
  • St. Thomas Moore Society of Orange County

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Board of Vocational Experts
  • International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • St. Thomas Moore Society of Orange County

COMMUNITY COLLEGE CREDENTIALS

  • Supervisor – Valid for Life
  • Student Personnel – Valid for Life
  • Professional Education – Valid for Life
  • Instructor in Business and Industrial Management, Foods, Food Services and Related Technologies; Psychology – Valid for Life

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Probeca, Founder, Director, Santa Ana, CA

Non-profit that provides vocational assessments to community at no charge.

Nevada County Board Of Education, President Nevada, California

Nevada County Board Of Education Trustee, Nevada, California

PRESENTATIONS

Feb. 2003 Presenter,

Seminar, "Employability and Pre and Post Earning Capacity Assessments"

Association of Graphoanalysts, Anaheim, California

2004 Presenter

Seminar, "Vocational Evaluation Process and Life Care Plan Development"

University of California Riverside, Riverside, California

2005 Presenter

Presentation Defense Law Firm "Le Boeuf Assessments"

Law Offices of Corral, Parish, Arnett & Halas, Corral & Parish, Orange, California

Oct. 2005 Speaker

Seminar, "Workers' Compensation Future Diminished Earning Capacity Assessments"

Powertek Learning Center, Anaheim, California

March 2006 Presenter

Seminar "Money and Family Law"

Orange County Barristers, Chapman University, Orange California

March 2007 Presenter

Workshop "What's New in Workers' Compensation"

Employer Advisory Council of Orange County, Inc., Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove, California

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