Deborah Nix

Deborah Nix


I have been a Vocational Consultant and Case Manager for the past 10 years. I am a graduate of San Diego State and hold M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, as well as B.A. in Psychology from The University of Tennessee. Additionally I am also CRC certified and registered as Worker's Compensation provider in the state of Georgia.• Extensive working knowledge of rehabilitation techniques, assistive technology & accommodations, and counseling theories & principles• Experienced in determining impact of various of medical/psychiatric conditions upon ability to work• Ability to plan and direct vocational rehabilitation services that deliver successful return to work plans including academic advisement and direction• Strong oral communication and writing skills• Excellent understanding of methods needed with investigative skills to conduct Labor Market Surveys , Transferable Skills Analyses, Job Analyses and Vocational Evaluations• Knowledge and understanding of insurance industry contracts, workers compensation and terminology • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, consumers, family members, etc. • Sound knowledge of basic medical and psychiatric conditions and how those impact vocational process• Knowledge of community organizations and resources including agencies involved in job placement, vocational rehabilitation and work training• In-depth ability to apply principles of rehabilitation counseling; analyze and interpret medical, social, psychological and educational data and to develop an action plan based on that data • Experienced in administration of testing instruments related to career choices

Work History

Work History
Sep 2004 - Present

Vocational Case Manager/ Return to Work Specialist

CorVel Corporation

·Working as Contractor with Veteran’s Administration and various insurance companies to assist veterans and workers compensation/ long term disability claimants with determination of appropriate vocational goal and plan development. Assisted with thousands of successful return to work plans

·Implemented rehabilitation services to include career and academic advisement, case documentation, employment services

·Administered and interpreted testing to include 16PF, NEO-FFI, BASI, CAI, NDRT, BASI, WRAT, MBRT and VPI

·Maintained and documented case records

·Assisted claimant and veterans with resume preparation and job seeking skills

·Coordinated a wide range of rehabilitation counseling and case management services to claimants and veterans with disabilities

·Conducted Labor Market Surveys, Transferable Skills Analysis, Vocational Assessments, Job Analyses and prepared written reports of same

·Determined and recommended training for students and/or job accommodations necessary for employability

Apr 2004 - Sep 2004

Vocational Rehabilitation Case Manager

Provided plan development for disabled individuals on long term disability matters Conducted transferable skills analyses and made recommendations for return to work options to medical staff based on same Served as liaison between disabled individuals and MetLife case managers
Nov 2003 - Apr 2004

Vocational Rehabilitation Case Manager

Canada Life Insurance
Provided plan development for disabled individuals Conducted transferable skills analyses and made recommendations for return to work options to medical staff based on same Served as liaison between disabled individuals and MetLife case managers Developed and conducted training sessions for medical staff and claims managers
Feb 1997 - Nov 2003

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Georgia Department of Labor
Interviewed individuals referred for vocational rehabilitation services Evaluate work skills and capacities; assisted clients in identifying vocational problems and formulating vocational plans Analyzed information received from referring source, client and case history; developed a vocational diagnosis and rehabilitation plan. Administered and arranged for administration of vocational aptitude and interest tests; interpreted test results to clients. Referred clients to Vocational Rehabilitation Workshop, schools, skill training centers, work experience assignments and other training programs. Assisted clients in finding work by counseling and teaching job seeking skills. Monitored progress of clients through conferences with teachers, supervisors, trainers, etc. Counseled and assisted clients with personal adjustments during the rehabilitation process; measured progress and adjusted program as needed. Maintained liaison with other agencies in the field of rehabilitation services; coordinated return to work efforts



Master of Science

San Diego State University
1981 - Present

Bachelor of Arts

Certified as High School Teacher University of Tennessee
2001 - 2003


San Diego State University-California State University
1976 - 1982


University of Tennessee-Knoxville



Certified Rehabilitation Counselor