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Lisa A. Thorsen, Ed.D., C.R.C., C.P.S.I.

Education, Child and Adult Safety and Supervision, and Vocational Rehabilitation Expert

Lisa Thorsen is a care expert who evaluates the adequacy of administrative, procedural and safety issues related to injuries at organizationally based facilities. She has nearly 30 years experience working in or administering care facilities and programs and is an expert in operations and compliance for the care and safety of children and adults, including individuals with disabilities, in public and private facilities and programs.

Lisa‘s experience includes working as a rehabilitation center administrator, a preschool director, and as a counselor for individuals with disabilities. She has developed policies and procedures, designed programs, and ensured collaboration and compliance with state and federal agencies.

She holds a Doctorate degree in Education and Policy Studies and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a Master degree specializing in education. Lisa also holds playground certifications from the National Recreation and Parks Association and the National Program for Playground Safety.

Related Articles/Documents
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • School Playground Supervision – Expert Article
    • School Playground Supervision – Expert Article

      The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that each year 205,860 children receive emergency medical treatment for playground-related injuries. In attempting to increase student accountability and ensure academic success of all students, it becomes important for school educators and leaders to take a pro-active approach to injury prevention and make a concerted effort to examine the role of the outdoor environment. The purpose of this article examines supervision best practice philosophies associated with educational communities. The article will discuss a pro-active leadership approach to developing playground policy and supervision training for educational communities.

      View Full Article HERE

  • Sexual Abuse – Expert Article on Organizational Conduct
    • Sexual Abuse – Expert Article on Organizational Conduct

      Sexual misconduct/assault or abuse can be devastating to both the individuals involved and the organizations in which they participate. In an organization serving children, individuals with disabilities or elder care, the incidents can involve adult to adult, adult to child or child to child interactions.

      Determining if an organization had effective preventative methods in place to protect vulnerable populations of individuals is made by analyzing the practices within the organization prior to, concurrent with and, following, the incident.

      View Full Article HERE

  • Public Playground Safety – Expert Presentation
    • Public Playground Safety – Expert Presentation

      In this presentation, playground safety expert, Dr. Lisa Thorsen, discusses the causes of playground injuries and how they can be prevented. Topics include Playground surface material and equipment, as well as the components of supervision that are needed to keep children safe on the playground.

      View Full Speaking Engagement HERE

  • Child Supervision Ratios – Expert Introduction to Supervised Care
    • Child Supervision Ratios – Expert Introduction to Supervised Care

      Child Care Agencies are designed to support children through supervision, environmental safety, staff training and curriculum.

      When children are injured at care facilities, a common issue that comes under scrutiny is the staff to child supervision ratio. Each State provides minimum standards for supervision ratios as a guide to agencies focused on the care of children.

      In the linked document you will find a few examples of state specific supervision ratios. Dr. Lisa Thorsen is available to help you understand the importance of supervision ratios as they apply to your investigation, but to also conduct a more holistic evaluation of your case to determine if, in that venue, supervision was appropriate and should have prevented the incident occurrence.

      View Full Article HERE

  • Supervision Plans of Care - Expert Introduction
    • Supervision Plans of Care - Expert Introduction

      Based upon the setting, an individual with a disability can be known as a student, resident, patient, client or consumer. These settings vary and may include, among others, schools, residential rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and long term care facilities.

      Regardless of the setting or the descriptive term, an individual with a disability that is served by an agency or system requires a Plan for services. This Plan changes in format and title depending upon the setting and State but essentially, is a document centered around a person’s individual needs that describe the services that person requires to reach his/her maximum potential.

      This person centered Plan is holistic and inclusive. It is developed by a team of professionals, paraprofessionals and/or direct care workers with the individual and, when appropriate, the family/guardian.

      View Full Article HERE

  • Sexual Abuse - Expert Investigates Incident at Residential Facility
    • Sexual Abuse - Expert Investigates Incident at Residential Facility

      A 13 year old youth with multiple disabilities was court ordered to attend a residential treatment program. During the course of his participation in the program he was sexually abused on multiple occasions by a staff member who had a questionable work history and an insufficient background check prior to hire. Robson Forensic was retained to evaluate the standard of care regarding organizational practices, supervision and the health and safety of the individual.

      View Full Our Work HERE

  • Death through Inadequate Care
    • Death through Inadequate Care

      A 46 year old man with multiple medical conditions resided in a residential home based program. As part of his Plan of Care he participated in community integration activities. On one such overnight activity, the staff member assigned to his supervision neglected to follow the outlined dietary restrictions and eating protocol when giving food. The resident died as a result of eating food in a manner that was contraindicated to his health and medical conditions. Robson Forensic was retained to evaluate the standard of care as it relates to the adherence to an individual’s plan of care, the policies and procedures of the residence and the actions of the employee.

      View Full Our Work HERE

  • Life Care Planning - Expert Assesses Appropriateness and Reasonability of Plan
    • Life Care Planning - Expert Assesses Appropriateness and Reasonability of Plan

      A 55 year old man sustained multiple orthopedic and cognitive deficits as a result of a motor vehicle accident which impacted his ability to work and live independently. A life care plan was developed that was both duplicative and excessive. RFI was retained to determine the appropriateness and reasonability of the life care plan.

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  • Vocational Rehabilitation - Expert Performs Employability Assessment
    • Vocational Rehabilitation - Expert Performs Employability Assessment

      A 76 year old woman sustained carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of ongoing and repetitive work tasks at her job. Her physical limitations, education, work history and the current job market affected her ability to benefit from retraining to return to work. RFI was retained to perform a vocational rehabilitation assessment and to make determination as to her employability.

      View Full Our Work HERE

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Lancaster, PA 17603
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