Course Description –
This course will focus on the Private Sector as it relates to rehabilitation counseling. The course objectives are to develop knowledge and skills as follows:

A. Under the similarities and differences in philosophies, concepts, and strategies between private and public rehabilitation programs.

B. Describe the etiology, rehabilitation, and prevention of common disabilities.

C. Describe the roles and functions of professionals involved in private sector rehabilitation.

D. Articulate the roles and functions of professionals involved in private sector rehabilitation.

E. Explain the vocational rehabilitation and case management processes in worker compensation rehabilitation.

F. Describe incentives and disincentives in private sector rehabilitation.

G. Assess functional capacities and residual and transferable skills.

H. Understand vocational evaluation procedures used in proprietary rehabilitation.

I. Know how to be an expert vocational witness and give vocational testimony.

J. Know how to develop and maintain proprietary rehabilitation practice business procedures.


Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) Standards:

C.1.1.a. Explain professional roles, purposes, and relationships of other human service and counseling/psychological providers.

C.1.1.b. Articulate the principles of independence, inclusion, choice and self-determination, empowerment, access, and respect for individual differences.

C.1.2.a. Integrate into one’s practice, the history and philosophy of rehabilitation, as well as the laws affecting individuals with disabilities.

C.1.2.b. Describe, in general, the organizational structure of the rehabilitation, education, and healthcare systems, including public, private-for-profit, and not-for-profit service settings.

C.1.6.a. Integrate into practice an awareness of societal issues, trends, public policies, and developments, as they relate to rehabilitation.

C.1.6.b. Articulate the value of consumer empowerment, choice, and personal responsibility in the rehabilitation process.

C.2.1.a. Identify and articulate an understanding of the social, economic, and environmental forces that may present barriers to a consumer’s rehabilitation.

Demonstrate understanding of various public and private disability benefits systems and the influence on rehabilitation, independent living, and employment.

C.4.1.b. Explain the requirements of benefits available to people with disabilities through systems such as workers’ compensation, long-term disability insurance, and social security.

C.4.2.a. Utilize job and task analyses methodology to determine essential functions of jobs for employment planning and placement, worksite modifications, or job restructuring.

C.4.2.b. Apply the techniques of job modification/restructuring and the use of assistive devices to facilitate placement of people with disabilities.

C.4.2.c Apply transferable skills analysis methodology to identify alternative vocational and occupational options given the work history and residual functional capacities of individuals with a disability.

C.4.3.a. Provide career counseling utilizing appropriate approaches and techniques.

C.4.5.a. Provide prospective employers with appropriate consultation information to facilitate prevention of disability in the workplace and minimize risk factors for employees and employers.

C.4.5.b. Consult with employers regarding accessibility and issues related to ADA compliance.

C.4.8.a. Conduct and utilize labor market analyses and apply labor market information to the needs of individuals with a disability.

C.4.8.b. Identify transferable skills by analyzing the consumer’s work history and functional assets and limitations and utilize these skills to achieve successful job placement.

C.4.8.c. Utilize appropriate job placement strategies (client-centered, place then train, etc.) to facilitate employment of people with disabilities.

C.5.9.a. Explain the legal limits of confidentiality for rehabilitation counselors for the state in which they practice counseling.

C.5.9.b. Identify established rehabilitation counseling ethical standards for confidentiality and apply them to actual case situations.

C.5.10.a. Explain the practical implications of the CRCC Code of Ethics as part of the rehabilitation counseling process.

C.5.10.b. Confirm competency in applying an established ethical decision-making process to rehabilitation counseling case situations.


Required Course Resources –
Robinson, R. (2014). Foundations of Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation. New York, NY. Springer Publishing.

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