Baltimore, MD, USA
Industry: Social Services
Field: Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Patricia L. Highcove is a vocational consultant with 26 years of experience in the field. Her firm, Highcove Consulting, provides vocational rehabilitation services, including resources, to disabled workers. Ms. Highcove, an independent consultant, ensures that individuals with disabilities, either from work-related injuries or a long-term impairment, return to work by providing them with appropriate counseling services. In addition, vocational expert services are provided for labor market information. She is charged with assessing her clients’ abilities and training them when necessary, such as when a job requires that they possess a skill set they didn’t previously have.
Early in her career, Ms. Highcove gained preliminary experience working with developmentally-disabled children. This motivated her to uncover different ways to help them become skilled workers. Throughout her career, she has learned to work in tandem with larger vocational rehabilitation companies while remaining an independent business entity. While many companies have latched onto or been absorbed by large insurance corporations (possibly compromising their ethical integrity), Ms. Highcove remains a step above the rest. “I’m independent and able to see the injured worker or disabled person as my client,” she says.
Ms. Highcove attributes her success to her passion for her profession. She continues to strive in the demanding field of return-to-work planning, helping her clients through the very difficult economic recession of 2009 – a time she feels has been very taxing on her business, which has been in existence for 13 years. She has to find different, creative ways to place them; she also has to be a lot more diligent and push people a lot harder to do different things. But at the end of the day, Ms. Highcove refuses to back down on seeing her clients succeed.
Ms. Highcove received a Master of Science in rehabilitation counseling in 1982 and a Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation services in 1981 from Syracuse University. She has been a certified case manager since 1990, a certified rehabilitation counselor since 1987 and a certified vocational evaluator since1983. She is a member of the Chesapeake Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals.
In her spare time, Ms. Highcove enjoys spending time with her children, reading, traveling and listening to music. Continue reading