Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation counselors are the only professional counselors educated and trained specifically to serve individuals with disabilities.

Rehabilitation counselors assist individuals with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career and independent living goals in the most integrated setting possible. They engage in a counseling process which includes communication, goal setting, and beneficial growth or change through self-advocacy, psychological, vocational, social and behavioral interventions. Rehabilitation counselors utilize many different techniques and modalities, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning, counseling, case management, and advocacy to modify environmental and attitudinal barriers, placement-related services, and utilization of rehabilitation technology.

Rehabilitation counseling embodies:

»  Specialized Training that Focuses on

  • understanding the medical and psychosocial aspects of various disabilities and disabling conditions,
  • knowledge of assistive technology,
  • skilled service delivery through application of the case management process, and
  • assessing abilities and strengths to facilitate a return to work.

»  Philosophy and Approach to Counseling that

  • values the rights of individuals with disabilities to live independent, integrated lives,
  • considers advocacy to be an essential part of the job,
  • strongly commits to the concepts of holistic counseling, full inclusion, and empowerment, and
  • engages in a co-collaboration between counselor and client.

Areas of Specialty

Specialized areas within rehabilitation counseling include, but are not limited to:
  • Employee Assistance Programming
  • Expert Testimony
  • Job Development/Job Placement
  • Life Care Planning
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Return-To-Work Coordination
  • School, Education, and Career Counseling
  • Substance Abuse/Addictions Counseling
  • Teaching/Education
  • Vocational Evaluation
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

The Art of Rehabilitation Counseling

CRCC’s video exploring the unique qualifications and exceptional abilities of rehabilitation counselors and their stories of success working to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Click here to view The Art of Rehabilitation Counseling.