PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Ginger D. Hurt, MA, CRC

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor  
Vocational Consultant
Vocational Evaluator


Comprehensive experience in vocational and functional assessment, vocational and rehabilitation counseling, and functional cognitive rehabilitation with individuals with neurological disorders and/or learning disabilities that impact cognitive abilities.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation with a specialty in: Traumatic Brain Injury and other Neurological Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedic Injuries, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue.
  • Expert Testimony.
  • Vocational Counseling/Rehabilitation Plan Development with Spinal Cord Injuries, Brain Trauma, other Neurological Disorders, Orthopedic Injuries, Learning Disabilities and individuals without a disabling condition.
  • Specialized Worksite Interventions to include: Compensatory Strategies Training for Cognitive Deficits, Employer Education and Training, Job Coaching, and Job Retention Services.
  • Functional Assessment/Treatment with Traumatic Brain Injury, other Neurological Disorders and Learning Disabilities including compensatory skills training in the home, work and school environments.
  • Trainer, Traumatic Brain Injury Education and Training.
  • ADA Consultation Including Accessibility Surveys.
  • Assistive Technology Consultation.
  • Adjustment to Disability Counseling.
  • Academic interventions in school environments including: Study skills training; learning strategies training; organizational and memory system development and implementation; and instructor and staff education and training.
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    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

    03/96 – present

    Private Practice, President, Omni Vocational Services/Worksite Interventions, Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia, WA
    Provide comprehensive vocational evaluation services, expert testimony and vocational rehabilitation services to clients referred by physicians, neuropsychologists, attorneys, the State Vocational Rehabilitation Program, and long-term disability carriers. Evaluate and treat clients with traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders as part of an interdisciplinary team to include neuropsychology, physician and cognitive/speech pathology. Develop and implement specific accommodations for cognitive deficits in school, work and home environments. Consultant/provider vocational services and treatment to Northwest Hospital and Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Centers. Contractual consultant for cognitive job analyses, U.W. Disability Services Office.

    08/90 – 02/99

    Clinical Coordinator, Inpatient and Outpatient Vocational Services, Good Samaritan Hospital Rehabilitation Center, Puyallup, WA
    Developed vocational rehabilitation program within an acute care setting. Planned, implemented, and evaluated vocational rehabilitation services for both inpatient and outpatient programs; provided clinical supervision to vocational staff; trained new staff; developed and marketed new and existing programs; taught TBI seminars; conducted research; supervised Job Therapy Experience program; acted as ADA and accessibility consultant to hospital and community; provided vocational counseling and assessment to patients with TBI, stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and other disabling conditions. Played key role in the development and implementation of new clinical programming for both TBI and Spinal Cord Injury. Developed, implemented and supervised Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Team serving Worker’s Compensation clients.

    09/87 – 08/90

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Good Samaritan Hospital, Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation, Puyallup, WA
    Developed new service delivery model for vocational rehabilitation with individuals with mild brain injury and published internationally; provided vocational counseling, assessment, and job placements as part of an interdisciplinary team; and developed/coordinated a local Business Advisory Council. Developed new techniques for functional assessment of patients with traumatic brain injury.

    03/83 – 08/87

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, INTRACORP, Bellevue.
    Provided vocational rehabilitation counseling with injured workers through the Worker’s Compensation system; completed employability assessments; provided career guidance counseling, developed and implemented rehabilitation plans; and provided job placement services. Provided medical case management services when appropriate.

    OTHER EXPERIENCE

    Job Club Manager
    Mississippi Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Starkville, MS.

    Provided program management and staff supervision. Designed and implemented curriculum for training program in Job Search Skills for clients with developmental disabilities. Taught daily classes. Provided job placement services. Marketed program to local employers.

    Service/Medical Writer
    University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX.

    Provided journalistic coverage of medical, scientific and other university-related activities by writing articles/public service announcements for newspapers, magazines and radio; responsible for media relations with local press, TV, and radio; and assisted in planning and implementation of publicity events on and off campus. Editor and Writer, Newsletter, Institute for Research and Rehabilitation. Assigned beat included: M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute, UT Medical School, and School of Public Health.


    EDUCATION:

    M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling, Seattle University, 1985
    Minor – Substance Abuse Counseling, Summa Cum Laude.

    B.S. Journalism, Mississippi University for Women, 1976, Summa Cum Laude.


    CERTIFICATION:

    Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Commission for Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (1988 to present)
    Washington Dept. of Labor & Industries, #7425 (1983-present)

    Qualified Alcoholism Counselor (Washington) (1983)

    TEACHING/CONSULTATION:

    Traumatic Brain Injury Evaluation Team, with Dr. Catherine Mateer. Good Samaritan Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation, 1987 – 1991.

    Instructor, Clover Park Technical College, Tacoma, WA. Rehabilitation/Social Services Specialist Program, 1991 – 1996.

    Traumatic Brain Injury Consultant, Region 10, Rehabilitation Services Administration, 1991 to present.

    ADA Accessibility Surveyor, trained by ACCESS USA, May, 1992.

    Chairperson, Spinal Cord Core Group, Good Samaritan Hospital Rehabilitation Center, 1991 – 1997.

    Outpatient Admissions Team, Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center, 1996 – 1999.

    TBI Consultant, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Region 5, 1998 – present.

    Board of Directors, Olympia-Cascade Chapter of National Rehabilitation Association, 1992 – 1994.

    Advisory Board, Clover Park Technical College, Tacoma, WA. Rehabilitation/Social Services Specialist Program, 1992 – 1997.

    Chairperson, Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center Employer Advisory Council, 1987 – 1990; 1993 to 1999.

    Chairperson, Spinal Cord Core Group, Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center, 1992 – 1997.

    Consultant, Northwest Hospital, Rehabilitation Services, 2003-present.

    Consultant, University of Washington Disability Services, 2004-present.

    Vocational Evaluator, Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries, 1999-present.

    Consultant, Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, 1999-present.


    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION:

    Member, National Rehabilitation Association, 1985 – present.

    Member, Learning Disabilities Association of America, 2005.


    PRESENTATIONS:

    “The Use of Neuropsychological Assessment in Vocational Planning,” Neuroscience Institute, Northwest Hospital, May, 2001.

    “Vocational Strategies for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury,” May 16, 2000, National Association for Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector Annual Conference, Snoqualmie, WA.

    “Assessment and Work Site Interventions with Traumatic Brain Injury,” Annual Conference, IAM Vocational Consultants (Boeing), Las Vegas, NV, December, 2000.

    “Job Coaching Techniques for TBI,” Disability Management Employers Coalition, May, 1999, Seattle, WA.

    “Vocational Evaluation Basics”, Family Law Attorney’s Inservice, September, 1998, Tacoma, WA.

    “Reasonable Accommodations and TBI”, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Attorney’s Inservice, July 6, 1995, Seattle, WA.

    “Traumatic Brain Injury: Vocational Strategies That Work”, June 20-24, 1992; February 7-11, 1994; March 8-10, 1995, Tacoma.

    “Functional Assessment with TBI”, National Rehabilitation Association General Meeting, June 14, 1994, Tacoma, WA.

    “Job Therapy Experience: Developing and Implementing JTE Programs”, Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference, October 15, 1993, Vancouver, B.C.

    “Work Incentive Plans for Spinal Cord Injuries,” Spinal Cord Injury Conference, December, 1993, Seattle, WA.

    “Traumatic Brain Injury: Job Coaching Techniques”, Good Samaritan Education Center, January 27-31, 1992, Puyallup, WA.

    “Equal Access/ADA Requirements”, Good Samaritan Hospital Education Center, Physicians’ Inservice, May 3, 1991.

    “Mild Brain Injury: Rehabilitation and Vocational Intervention”, DVR Inservice, October 6, 1989, Executive Inn, Fife, WA.