Stokes & Associates specialize in Life Care Planning and Vocational Rehabilitation. Their team has a combined experience of over 20,000 case assignment engagements. They can quickly map out a plan to provide the right level of service for the task. Their detailed Request for Services interview is conducted before we begin work to ensure roles and expectations are clearly determined from the onset of their involvement.
Life Care Planning - Regardless of the engaging party, their certified Life Care Planners utilize a systematic methodology when developing a life care plan, which involves requesting and reviewing records, conducting a clinical interview with the injured individual, consulting with treatment providers when possible, market rate cost research, and cost analysis
Vocational Rehabilitation Assessments - For injured individuals in order to determine an rehabilitation potential and wage-earning capacity to determine any changes in vocational status. Includes employability assessments, standardized assessment measures, lost wages, earning capacity, and labor market research
Case Management - Comprehensive services to Workers’ Compensation claims representatives, third-party administrators, self-insured employers, programs and agencies handling both state and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claims, and attorneys. Includes Vocational evaluation, testing, job goal development; Job analyses (employer of injury); Medical conference (clarify medical treatment, MMI, physical capacities); Job placement and work adjustment; Job-seeking skills training; Labor market surveys (identifying job openings in claimant’s geographic area); Coordinate medical treatment recommended by a physician; Clarify employability and expected earnings; Life care planning
Career Counseling and Job Placement - Offered to help those in need of finding and securing employment by first teaching them to recognize their interests, abilities, and priorities. They then develop goals, including identifying potential and suitable occupations, participating in job-seeking skills training, preparing a resume, and practicing for interviews.
Aaron M. Wolfson, PhD, LRC, CRC, CLCP, is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor, and Certified Life Care Planner who has testified as an expert witness in both state and federal jurisdictions.
Dr. Wolfson is a New Orleans native who earned his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colgate University, as well as a Master’s Degree and Doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He completed a doctoral internship at the University of Washington, where he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology.
Dr. Wolfson received specialized training at the University of Washington Multidisciplinary Pain Center, as well as multiple inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation departments, and has published in the areas of vocational rehabilitation and clinical decision making in rehabilitation populations.
Expertise: Chronic Pain Management - Physical Rehabilitation - Residual Earning Capacity Analysis - Assessment of Future Medical Needs - Life Care Planning
Todd S. Capielano, M.Ed., LRC, CRC, LPC, CLCP, CCM, is a Licensed and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who has practiced in the private sector of Vocational Rehabilitation for over 34 years. He has been in the field of vocational rehabilitation since 1985, specializing in vocational evaluations, labor market research, job placement, and career counseling.
Mr. Capielano has been accepted as a vocational expert since 1989 in various courts, including Federal, State, Civil District Courts, and before Administrative Law Judges for Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act claims. Additionally, he has served as a vocational expert for the Social Security Administration testifying in thousands of cases since 1992.
Mr. Capielano is a member of professional organizations, including the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, the Louisiana Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has served as Board Member at Large, President, and Past-President of IARP-LA. He received his Master’s degree in Counseling in 1992 from the University of New Orleans and his Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Louisiana State University Medical Center, School of Allied Health Professions in 1986.
Mr. Capielano holds national certifications as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Case Manager, and Certified Life Care Planner. He has taught college-level counseling classes at Bethesda Bible College as an adjunct faculty member. Additionally, Mr. Capielano is a licensed professional counselor specializing in marriage and family counseling.
Mr. Capielano specializes in the areas of:
Expertise: Life Care Planning - Vocational Assessment - Wage and Earning Capacity Analysis - Job Placement - Labor Market Research - Career Counseling
According to The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP), life care planners evaluate individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions to quantify the needs created by the disability or medical condition. The life care planner then develops an integrated plan that includes items and services required and the specific costs associated with these items and services.
According to the International Academy of Life Care Planners, a life care plan is “a dynamic document based upon published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis, and research, which provides an organized, concise plan for current and future needs with associated costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs