Deirdre Sims, MA, IVE, CVRC, ABVE Diplomate
Deirdre Sims is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (CVRC) for the
United States Department of Labor, is one of approximately two hundred (200)
Diplomates of the American Board of Vocational Experts in the United States,
has been appointed by the State of California as an Independent Vocational
Evaluator (I.V.E.) for the Workers' Compensation Department, and has been
approved to provide MCLE credits by the State Bar of California.
According to California Family Code §4331, Ms. Sims qualifies as an expert with:
(1) a Master of Arts Degree in the behavioral sciences, Counseling Psychology, emphasis, Marriage, Family, Child Counseling;
(2) qualified to administer and interpret inventories for assessing career potential;
(3) demonstrated ability in interviewing and assessing marketable skills with
understanding of age constraints, physical and mental health, previous education and
experience, and time and geographic mobility constraints;
(4) knowledge of education and training programs in the area with costs and time
plans for these programs.
Ms. Sims has been Court appointed as a 730 expert in over 1,500 cases.
Ms. Sims has been counseling since 1981, upon graduation from the University of California
at Irvine with a Bachelor's degree in Social Science, Psychology. She obtained her
Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1985,
emphasis Marriage, Family and Child Counseling.
Ms. Sims began counseling injured worker's in 1987 and became a Certified Rehabilitation
Counselor in Oregon and Washington. In 1990, she directed her focus to vocational counseling
and wage earning capacity assisting injured workers and divorced clients. She earned
elite standing as Diplomate with the American Board of Vocational Experts, and is one of only
200 in the United States since 1993. She later became Executive of the National Forensic Center
and a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the United States Department of Labor.
Ms. Sims now specializes solely in divorce evaluations, imputation of income, and testifies
in Superior Court and JAMS regarding wage earning capacity and imputation of income.
Attorneys and Judges have requested her services in dissolution matters regarding wage
earning capacity as both a private consultant and a 730 expert since 1990.