What Do Rehabilitation Counselors Do?

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

This statement and the following information is provided by http://www.crccertification.com/pages/rehabilitation_counseling/30.php

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.  We 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 counselors utilize a systematic process which assists persons with physical, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals in the most integrated setting possible through the application of the counseling process. The counseling process involves communication, goal setting, and beneficial growth or change through self-advocacy, psychological, vocational, social, and behavioral interventions.

The specific techniques and modalities utilized within this rehabilitation counseling process may include, but are not limited to:

* assessment and appraisal;

* diagnosis and treatment planning;

* career counseling;

* individual and group counseling treatment interventions focused on facilitating adjustment to the medical and psychosocial impacts of disability;

* referral;

* case management and service coordination;

* providing consultation and access to rehabilitation technology.

* interventions to remove environmental, employment and attitudinal barriers;

* program evaluation and research;

* consultation services among multiple parties and regulatory systems;

* job development and placement services, including assistance with employment and job accommodations

And of course, network with others who are also in the helping professions!

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What is Rehabilitation Counseling?

Rehabilitation counseling is emerging as a popular career choice for high-energy people who want to be creative and independent while making a very real difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

EnlighteningHigh Energy! 

Here’s a great brochure prepared by the Rehab Services Administration, Department of Education describing the profession, rehab jobs, and information you’ve always wanted to know! It’s the source for the above sentence and the next couple paragraphs in my post.

Being unique, rehabilitation counseling trains professionals who will be dedicated to working with individuals with disabilities in order to help them achieve productive and independent lives.

In short, the goal of rehabilitation counseling is empowering people with (or even without) disabilities to make informed choices, build viable careers and live more independently in the community.

Just as other counseling tracks, rehabilitation counseling educational programs – in order to produce competent and certifiable professionals – are at the master’s level.

Drake University, School of Education, Des Moines, Iowa offers an excellent Council of Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accredited master’s level Rehabilitation Counseling Program.  This accreditation enables graduates of the program to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors. The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) sets the standard for quality rehabilitation counseling services in the United States and Canada.


Drake’s Mascot, Spike

Here’s a better bulldog picture. She has experience in Drake’s Beautiful Bulldog contest! Her name is Fat Amy. She owns Jeska Reese Dean, a family friend.

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I completed all required coursework at Drake University in the Master of Science in Counseling program. And in addition, I took extra coursework focusing on job placement and mental health. I was then eligible to take a national examination which I took on October 30, 2004, and upon passing, I earned the coveted CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) designation. Since then I re-certify every five years.

For a little background, there are two main sections of the CRC exam:  Counseling and Rehabilitation/Disability.  A statistical procedure called equating is used to ensure all examinees demonstrate the same level of ability in order to pass the exam.

Here’s my results:

Counseling Section:

Amy E. Botkin Scaled Score:       598         Passing Scaled Score:   500


Rehabilitation/Disability  Section:

Amy E Botkin Scaled Score:       628            Passing Scaled Score:   500


Here’s a link to my CRCC Certificate 71256. I love this career! I will use my talents wisely!

Please let me know if you have questions about the profession, my education or the professional  associations and groups I belong to. It may be a good career option for someone you know!

As a service provider, please contact me at 515-282-7753 to learn more about how I could help you help your client.



My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.