Rehabilitation Counselors

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Also known as:  Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor, Rehabilitation Counselor, Veterans Rehabilitation Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

ABOUT REHABILITATION COUNSELOR CAREERS

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Life presents challenges for all of us, but for some, those challenges are made even more difficult by disability. Helping people overcome disabilities is the job of rehabilitation counselors. They provide practical help and emotional support for clients who are struggling with the effects of illnes ...
s, disease, birth defects, accidents, or the stress of daily life, and guide them back to productive lives.

They evaluate strengths and limitations of individuals, provide counseling, and arrange for medical care, vocational training, and job placement. They work toward increasing their client's capacity to live independently. The rehabilitation counselor is an important link between the client with a disability, the client's family, employer, doctors, teachers - anyone whose help and understanding are needed.

Good communication skills are vital as the counselor often interviews many other people besides the client to develop a complete profile of what can be done and how to accomplish it. The goal might be finding the right kind of school, job training, therapy, or employer. Or the goal might be finding ways to use technology to minimize the effects of the disability and promote independence. In any case, the rehabilitation counselor strives to help clients become taxpayers, not tax users.

The rehabilitation counselor must be empathetic, assertive, and well trained. Colleges offer 4-year rehabilitation counselor programs, but many employers require a master's degree in the field and certification by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Some states now require a license. For patients dealing with a disability, a rehabilitation counselor can make the difference between a bleak future and a future filled with hope.
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Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
HIGH
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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Collaborate with community agencies to establish facilities and programs for persons with disabilities.
Collaborate with clients' families to implement rehabilitation plans such as behavioral, residential, social, and employment goals.
Develop diagnostic procedures to determine clients' needs.
Arrange for physical, mental, academic, vocational, and other evaluations to obtain information for assessing clients' needs and developing rehabilitation plans.
Analyze information from interviews, educational and medical records, consultation with other professionals, and diagnostic evaluations to assess clients' abilities, needs, and eligibility for services.
Arrange for on-site job coaching or assistive devices, such as specially equipped wheelchairs, to help clients adapt to work or school environments.
Confer with clients to discuss their options and goals so that rehabilitation programs and plans for accessing needed services can be developed.
Participate in job development and placement programs, contacting prospective employers, placing clients in jobs, and evaluating the success of placements.
Locate barriers to client employment, such as inaccessible work sites, inflexible schedules, and transportation problems, and work with clients to develop strategies for overcoming these barriers.
Develop rehabilitation plans that fit clients' aptitudes, education levels, physical abilities, and career goals.
Confer with physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, and other professionals to develop and implement client rehabilitation programs.
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Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
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Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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