A rehabilitation counselor works with people that have mental illnesses, physical illnesses, and emotional problems. These emotional and physical problems may be the results of birth defects, illness or diseases, work-related injuries, automobile accidents, and the stresses of war, work, and daily life.
The rehabilitation program may range from a week to several years depending on the nature of the problem and the needs of the client.
Duties of a rehabilitation counselor:
The rehabilitation counselor decides on the training and support that their clients need in order to handle their personal, social and vocational effects of their conditions. The counselor must assess the client for limitations and strengths then make plans for rehabilitation programs consist of medical care, job placement and occupational therapy. To find appropriate for their clients, the rehabilitation counselor study their clients medical and job histories, consult with therapists and doctors. The rehabilitation counselor also confers with the client and their families.
The rehabilitation counselor is employed by state and federal vocational rehabilitation agencies, rehabilitation centers, mental health programs, employee assistance programs, insurance companies, correctional facilities, private industry, and private practice.
Rehabilitation counselors education:
A master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling is required for certification as a rehabilitation counselor. Voluntary certification is offered through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).
Rehabilitation counselors areas of specialization:
Physical Rehabilitation, Mental Health Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, Insurance Case Management, Disability Management, Corrections, Vocational Evaluation, Forensic Rehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Geriatric Rehabilitation.