Dr. Rick Robinson

To understand my passion for career, vocational &  disability consulting, it's important you understand a little about my  background. I grew up in a small agricultural region of New York state.   I was encouraged by school guidance counselors to learn a trade as I  was not "college material."  So I took wood shop, small engine repair  and any "trade" classes I could.  I eventually became a welder and  fabricator.  After high school, I joined the US Navy to apply my trade.   I didn't realize it at the time, but this was also the beginning of my  journey toward becoming a career and vocational rehabilitation  consultant.

In the Navy, I advanced  quickly.  I was not able to use my welding skills, but I learned yet  another trade in electronics.  I was just 23 years old and in my second  career.  I had done exactly what I was counseled to do by my school  guidance counselors.  I didn't realize though, that my life was about to  take a very sudden and unexpected twist that would lead to yet another  career change and to me challenging the very understanding of my  vocational aptitude, abilities and preferences.

In  1991, I was injured while on active military duty.  I didn't  immediately realize the impact the injury would have on me vocationally,  but it soon became apparent.  Just 12 short months after my injury, I  was medically discharged from military service.  After discharge, I  quickly learned the impact my injury would have upon my ability to  obtain work utilizing my acquired work skills. I was not employable  either as a welder or as an electronics technician.       

Long  story short, I eventually gained access to a rehabilitation counselor  through the Veterans Administration who helped me work through feelings  of anxiety, depression, hopelessness and despair about my future,  marital conflict, self doubt and financial conflict.  Most importantly,  the counselor helped break down earlier vocational programming that  served as a barrier and kept me from achieving my full vocational and  personal potential.  

Today, my professional  practice is focused on working with others experiencing career,  occupational & vocational challenges.  My clients include  individuals, attorneys, insurance companies and employers.  The common  thread with all of my clients, regardless of the setting or issue, is in  answering the question, "how does a person's present circumstances  impact their ability to fully participate in the world around them-and  in particular, the world of work."       

I  hold a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of  Florida where I was previously the developer and lead instructor for the  post graduate professional certificate program in Forensic Vocational  Rehabilitation.  My research interests are related to models and  methodologies in forensic vocational rehabilitation and life care  planning assessment.  I am nationally certified as a Rehabilitation  Counselor (CRC); Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE) and Life Care  Planner (CLCP).  I am board certified as a National Certified Counselor  (NCC) and as a Diplomate of the American Board of Vocational Experts  (D-ABVE).  I am also licensed by the State of Florida as a Licensed  Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).