Gerald K Wells, Ph.D.. CRC – Biography

Gerald K. Wells, Ph.D. CRC was one of the original 13 Directors of the Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education Programs. Prior to coming to the Field of Rehabilitation he served as Director of Continuation Education and Assistant professor of English and American literature at the University of Richmond. Dr. Wells holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting  a Masters degree in English from the University of Richmond, a Doctor of English and American Literature from the University of South Carolina, and post doctoral studies in Higher Education Administration from the University of Virginia and rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been President of Wells & Associates, a private rehabilitation company located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for over 30 years. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor he has been directly involved in the placement of persons with disabilities for over 35 years and has served for 26 years as a Vocational Expert with the Office of Disability and Review (ODAR). His full-length publications in the Field of Rehabilitation, other than The Rehabilitation Counselor in Professional Practice include Shaping the Future: a Systems Approach to Human Resources Development in Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, and Finding Jobs on Main Street,

Gerald K Wells, Ph.D.. CRC – Curriculum Vitae

Staunton, Virginia 24401



Post-Doctoral: Rehabilitation Counseling, Virginia Commonwealth University

Post-Doctoral: Higher Education Administration, University of Virginia

Doctor of Philosophy, American Literature, University of South Carolina

Masters of Arts, English and American Literature, University of Richmond

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (Accounting) University of Richmond


Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) National Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification

Rehabilitation Provider, Board of Counseling, Department of Health Professions, Commonwealth of Virginia

Professional Experience:

Senior Rehabilitation Consultant, Wells & Associates: An independent rehabilitation consulting firm offering a full-range of private rehabilitation services, with emphasis upon (1)forensic rehabilitation, including evaluation and selection of work alternatives, vocational assessment, expert testimony, and wage loss analysis; and (2) counseling and job placement of persons with disabilities, including, among other things,  vocational  and rehabilitation counseling, job descriptions, resume preparation, labor market surveys, job-seeking skills, and determination of appropriate training resources.

Director of Continuing Education, Bussey, Davis & Associates, Inc., Lanham, Maryland. Responsibilities include rehabilitation consultation and development and marketing of professional development programs nationwide for counseling professionals, private and public (see “invited presentations”)

Vocational Expert, Social Security Administration, Office of Disability, Appeals, and Adjudication (ODAR). Duties include conducting market surveys and providing expert testimony as part of the Social Security Administration Disability Insurance Program.

Director, Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program (RRCEP), Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS).  Directorship of a State/Federal program of post-employment education for rehabilitation counselors in the nine state agencies and 350 private facilities in Federal Region lll. States include Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.

Director of Continuing Education and Assistant Professor, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia.

Professional Publications:

Wells, G.K. “The Job-Search Organizer” a Job-Search Manual designed especially for Women in Transition, The Asheley Drexel Press, Staunton, Virginia 1997.

Wells, G.K. “The Home-Study Series of Bussey, Davis & Associates”, a nationwide program of career education for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors and Certified Case Managers, Staunton, Virginia. Series # 1: March, 1996/ Series # 2 March, 1998.

Wells, G.K. Finding Jobs on Main Street: A Managed Approach to Job Placement, Elliott & Fitzpatrick, Inc. Athens, Georgia, 1994. The definitive edition of job placement concepts and strategies for counselors in the private and public sectors of rehabilitation.

Wells, G.K. A series of (6) invited articles for the retail and management and sales publication, Furniture World.  Titles and dates of articles were: “What Makes Furniture Sales Professional” (November, 1985), “Do Sales Techniques Really Work”? (December, 1985), “Setting the Right Mood With Your Customers” (February, 1986), “Qualifying Customer Needs” (April, 1986), “Key Words-Your Guide to A Successful Sales Presentation” September, 1986), “Service: A New Competitive Advantage” (January, 1989).

Wells, G.K. and L.A. Edwards, “Administrative Strategies in Rehabilitation: Retrenchment or Stability?” American Rehabilitation, 6, (5), May-June, 1981.

Wells, G.K. Editor, “Proceedings of the First Annual Conference on Client Assistance”, March, 1981.

Wells, G.K. and Laura Edwards. Shaping the Future: A Systems Approach for Human Resources Development in Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, Richmond, Virginia, 1981. The definitive edition for professional and career development of counselors in rehabilitation agencies.

Wells, G.K. and Keith Humes, “Training Trainers in Rehabilitation Agencies: A Concept the Works”, Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 23, (4), June 1980.

Wells, G.K., “The Identity Conflict of the First-Line Supervisor”, Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, 2, (4), 1977.

Invited Presentations: (Selective)

“The Will to Work: Can People Really Change”, The keynote address at the Governor’s Award Luncheon, sponsored by the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Pierre, South Dakota, March 4, 1997

“Finding Jobs on Main Street: A Seminar for Rehabilitation Counselors” presented as a program of education and training in job placement for three (3) state agencies: The Division of Rehabilitation Services, State of South Dakota, Pierre, South Dakota, March, 1997, The Division of Rehabilitation Services, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August, 1995, and The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Wilmington, Delaware, June, 1995.

“How to Control the Costs of your Worker’s Compensation Program:  A Team Approach”,  a presentation to the Virginia Trucker’s Association, Roanoke, Virginia 1995.

“Employment of the Disabled Worker in the New American Economy”, a presentation at the 15th Annual Conference of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Washington, D.C., 1992.

“Counseling Client Behavior in Job Placement”,  a Pre-Conference workshop for rehabilitation counselors at the National Rehabilitation Association, Orlando, Florida, September, 1989.

“Counseling the Resistant Client”, continuing education workshops for members of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), Santa Fe, New Mexico, October, 1988 and Hershey, Pennsylvania, June. 1989.

“Finding Jobs on Main Street”, pre-conference workshops for the Florida Rehabilitation Association, Jacksonville, Florida, 1990, the National Rehabilitation Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 1987, The Texas Rehabilitation Conference, Houston, Texas July, 1987, and the National Rehabilitation Conference, District of Columbia, November, 1986.

“Managing Conflict for Improving Interpersonal Relationships”, a workshop for the National Rehabilitation Association, Des Moines, Iowa, October, 1985.

A presentation on a “National Survey of State Rehabilitation Agencies on Cancer Rehabilitation” at the Forum on Cancer Rehabilitation and Its Vocational Implications, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1980.

“Professional Development in Private and Public Rehabilitation: A Common Ground”, a presentation to the National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector (NARRPS), Louisville, Kentucky, August, 1980.

“Shaping the Future: A Systems Approach to Human Resources Development in Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies” a presentation at A Chance To Do Business Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 1980.

Affiliations and Memberships:

1988 to Present: Member, International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP).

1988 to Present: Member, Virginia Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (VARP).

1989 to 2000: Member, International Round Table for the Advancement of Counseling

1983 to 1989: Staunton Mayor’s Committee for the Handicapped

Elected Offices:

2007: President-Elect, Virginia Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (VARP)

2008-2010: President, Virginia Association of Rehabilitation professionals


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