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Whitmer and Associates Inc.

About Dr. Scott A. Whitmer, Psy.D., LMHC, ABVE/D, CRC, IPEC.

Scott A. Whitmer, Psy.D., LMHC, ABVE/D, CRC, IPEC.

Psychotherapist & Forensic Evaluator

Dr. Whitmer began his career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in 1991. He has worked on the management side of counseling and then became self-employed in 2000. He has owned and operated a nationally known employment staffing company in addition to his VRC, counseling, and forensic work.

He uses an evidence-based approach, combined with doctoral academic training, developed his effectiveness and compassion in working with a diverse population of people clinically and forensically.

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Life Story

Dr. Whitmer resides in Yakima, Washington and offers services in Central Washington and Seattle Washington. Forensic services are offered nationally. He chose a career in psychology and assessment based on his own family of origin’s adversity to overcome through resiliency and commitment to help others.

As an adolescent, he grew up farming in the Columbia Basin in Washington State. His agricultural background helped create a tenacious work ethic. It also led him to work and travel overseas to manage, build farms and irrigation in the Middle East with a wide diverse population of people. His Middle Eastern experience taught many important lessons, one of which formed his approach to working with a broad diversity of people and one he still lives by to this day.

Many people and cultures are vastly different from the middle class Caucasian Americans experience, not necessarily better or worse, but different, with strengths and weaknesses. And while popular culture likes to distinguish between cultures and draw lines in the sand to express stereotypical differences, all people and cultures strongly desire the same things in life. All people and cultures want security with and for their loved ones, stability, safety, community, order, and a sense of purpose and meaning.

Communicating with and observing people from very different cultures, brought awareness about differences but more predominantly, similarities within the individual context, people want to understand those who are different than themselves if their families and community are safe to pursue happiness through purpose and meaning.

Based on this view, we can celebrate great differences nationally, culturally, familial, and individually, knowing we share the same human experience of purpose seeking and meaning making.

Secondly, it truly is up to us individually, to make meaning out of even the most difficult of situations and environments so we can seek our higher purpose. At the end of each day, we each make an individual choice to experience and celebrate differences among individuals and cultures is a profound, wonderful, and generative expression that will result in a legacy of hope.

The alternative is to villainize people based on their differences, leaving a legacy of discrimination, hatred, and war. Guess which one is better for your mental health and the health of those you strive to leave a legacy too?

What Makes Our Owner Stand Out

Dr. Whitmer is the president of the American Board of Vocational Experts (ABVE). He will serve April 2017 to April 2019. He served as president-elect with ABVE from 2015 to 2017. He began his service to the ABVE Board as the membership chair in 2013 and served until 2015.

ABVE is a nationally recognized forensic organization. It has a membership of approximately 500 Forensic Experts and Associates. It also acts as a credentialing body for forensic experts who may hold the national credential at the Fellow or Diplomate level, as well as those Associates who aspire to become board certified.

Dr. Whitmer has performed hundreds of evaluations and provided extensive testimony in civil venues that cover: 

  • Workers Compensation Evaluation
  • Life Care Planning
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment Law (Work Evaluation/Wrongful Termination)
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Maritime Injury
  • Long-Term Disability & ADA
  • Divorce Litigation
  • Parental Assessment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Fit-to-Work Evaluation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Wrongful Termination/Employment Law
  • Veterans Disability Assessment
  • Social Security Disability 

International Psychometric Evaluation Certification (IPEC)

Dr. Whitmer is the founding originator of the IPEC credential. The IPEC is managed by ABVE. He pursued the development of the IPEC credential to enhance and embrace psychometric measurement competency for rehabilitation and forensic professionals.

Psychometric measurement is a cornerstone of any psychological assessment and or forensic vocational assessment. To ensure a valid measure of competency, Dr. Whitmer dedicated his doctoral dissertation to the research and development of the IPEC and psychometric assessment competency. Four qualitative instruments were developed out of his dissertation to include:  

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  • The Evidence-Based Scale of Efficacy Self-Assessment
  • The Multicultural Competency Self-Evaluation
  • The Scientist-Practitioner-Advocate Appraisal Tool
  • The Psycho-Legal Forensic Audit Tool

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Scott is currently overseeing a Delphi study to develop a reliable and validated competency exam for the IPEC credential. At this time, there are more than 100 IPEC credentialed individuals from all corners of the nation.


Scott Whitmer’s works have been published in various publications, such as:

  • Whitmer, S. (2018) The Enhanced Model of Competency: The Enact Model. ProQuest, Capella University.
  • Grimley, C.P., Whitmer, S. (2014) The evolution of the International Psychometric Certification (IPEC). The Journal of Forensic Vocational Analysis. 15(2). Fall 2014.
  • Whitmer, S.A., Grimley, C.P. (2014). Psychometric evaluation competency: The International Psychometric Evaluation Certification (IPEC) in the era of evidenced-based assessment within the forensic environment. The Journal of Forensic Vocational Analysis, 15(2).
  • Whitmer, S.A. (2014) Test Review of Pain Patient Profile-3. Journal of Forensic Vocational Analysis, Volume 15, No. 1, pp. 33-36.

State and International Symposiums

Scott Whitmer has presented at various state and international symposiums. These include:

  • Presenter: American Psychological Association International Symposium, Toronto Ontario, Canada, August 6, 2015. Presentation: Evidence-Based Practice and Evidence-Based Assessment: An International Language. (Psychometric Assessment, Forensic Vocational Evaluation and International Psychometric Evaluation Certification).
  • Presenter: ABVE, Savannah, Georgia, April 7, 2017. Psychometric Assessment in the Forensic Discipline and The International Psychometric Evaluation Certification (IPEC) Credential. Forensic methodology, multicultural competency, EBA, Special Populations, Research and Development of the IPEC.
  • Co-Presenter: International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, Washington State Chapter, May 20, 2016. Vocational Experts Use of Psychometric Testing and Credentials Considerations.