Preferably Intro to Case Management and/or Intro to Rehabilitation Counseling

Course Description:
This course will introduce a variety of chronic illnesses and disabilities with emphasis placed on the medical and psychosocial aspects. It will explore these disabilities in terms of their etiologies, functional limitations, treatment/rehabilitation options, and vocational implications.

Required Course Resources:
Falvo, D.R.(2013-14). Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability. 5th Edition. Boston,MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will possess the skills necessary to read analyze case studies to enhance planning and placement of people with disabilities.
  • Students will demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to issues related to serving individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and with various disabilities.
  • Students will possess the skills necessary to assess and evaluate an individual’s vocational aptitudes, interests, and other work-related characteristics.
  • Students will be grounded thoroughly within the following areas:
    • To develop a basic vocabulary of common medical terminology, including psychopharmacology.
    • To be able to read and interpret medical reports.
    • To develop basic knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology and how the systems interact.
    • To develop a general understanding of the major chronic disabilities including etiology, symptomology, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and maintenance.
    • To develop an awareness of the effects of pathology on the social, psychological, and vocational functioning of persons with a disability, their families, and communities

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