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The aim of the Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program is to increase the number of trained personnel from under-represented groups. These individuals will be qualified to deliver rehabilitation services in the public and private not-for-profit sector. Special emphasis is directed at developing skills necessary to work with disabled individuals in general rehabilitation caseloads as well as specialized caseloads in the areas of vision and hearing impairment.  This program is (C.O.R.E.) Accredited -- Council on Rehabilitation Education.

What is Rehabilitation Counseling 

Rehabilitation Counseling is a process which facilitates the movement of a person with a disability toward maximal functioning in the areas of home, community and work.  Consumers of rehabilitation counseling services usually range in age from late adolescence through adulthood and exhibit emotional, mental, and/or physical disabilities.  The majority of rehabilitation clients experience substantial difficulty in obtaining or maintaining employment.  Therefore, the usual goal of rehabilitation is the placement of the client into gainful employment and the fullest level of functioning in all areas of life.  To participate in society at the highest possible level of independence is the goal of the rehabilitation process.  In some situations, the objective of gainful employment may be a secondary consideration.

Specific objectives of the Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program are to provide for the . . .

. . . study of the history and philosophy of rehabilitation and legislation affecting persons with disabilities.

. . . study of the organizational structure of the vocational rehabilitation system, including public and private, for profit and not-for-profit service delivery.

. . . study of theoretical bases of behavior and personality, counseling theories and practice.

. . . study of the case management process, including case-finding, service coordination, referral to and utilization of other disciplines, and client advocacy.

. . . study of theories, methods, and practice of career development, vocational assessment and evaluation, and work adjustment.

. . . study of medical aspects of disabilities and functional limitations of disabilities.

. . . study of psychological aspects of disabilities, and personal, social and cultural impact of disabilities.

. . . study of planning client vocational rehabilitation services.

. . . study of utilizing occupational information and labor market trends.

. . . attainment of knowledge of community resource and services.

. . . understanding of requirements and characteristics of a variety of occupations; job analysis, and job modification and restructuring.

. . . study of vocational placement, follow-up and/or follow along services.

. . . study of rehabilitation research literature, research methods, and analysis.

. . . study of trends and issues in, and legal and ethical tenets for the practice of rehabilitation counseling.

. . . study of rehabilitation counselor functions with persons with disabilities in a variety of settings.