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The goals of the Department of Rehabilitation are to prepare highly qualified professionals for human service positions in a variety of public sector, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit rehabilitation settings. Additionally, the department prepares undergraduate students to continue their education to enter graduate programs in Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and a variety of other allied health and human service programs.
The Master of Science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and the Bachelor of Science degree program is a member of CORE's Registry of Undergraduate Rehabilitation Programs.
Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, mental, developmental, and emotional disabilities live independently. They work with clients to overcome or manage the personal, social, or psychological effects of disabilities on employment or independent living.
Rehabilitation counselors typically do the following:
Rehabilitation counselors help people with disabilities at various stages in their lives. Some work with students to develop strategies to live with their disability and move from school to work. Others help veterans cope with the mental or physical effects of their military service. Still others help elderly people adapt to disabilities developed later in life from illness or injury. Some may provide expert testimony or assessments during personal injury or workers’ compensation cases.
Some rehabilitation counselors deal specifically with employment issues. These counselors, sometimes called vocational rehabilitation counselors, typically work with older students and adults.
Rehabilitation counselors who work in private practice must spend time marketing their practice to prospective clients and working with insurance companies and clients to get paid for their services.
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