Want to Know What Rehabilitation Counselors Do?

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During exercise class last night, December 14, 2020, I was chatting with a fellow work-out champ who is currently attending Drake University in the pharmacy program. After getting to know her more and inquiring about her background (she’s from Chicago), her training (all online at this time due to the pandemic), and her program requirements (she starts rotations next spring), she asked about my background (between rounds of burpees).

I told her I graduated from Drake in the rehabilitation counselor program.

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

The following information is provided by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification on our scope of practice: 

CRCC | Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification

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 psycho-social 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!

At the end of our exercise class, she informed me that the next day at her job at HyVee, she was planning to receive on the job training for Covid-19 testing protocols. She, clearly, a young and vibrant soon to be pharmacist, is intelligent, caring and empathetic and I wish her the best luck in her developing career!

I want you to know, my attorney reader, that I have studied many vocations and thoroughly enjoy learning about what people do to earn money ranging from entry level work to work involving a heck of a lot of education and training. I personally took my career forward by studying life care planning and forensic rehabilitation counseling.

Awhile back, I worked on a wrongful death case involving a high school youth who sadly died in a car accident. Apparently, at one time she stated she wanted to be a pharmacist. I was tasked to learn all I could about this vocational process and what’s involved in the profession, and provide an opinion of her vocational capacity. 

In the past, I also had a divorce case involving an attorney who worked on class action lawsuits. She went from being a very high wage earner to being unemployed, and I studied and presented what would become necessary for her to get back into the field of law. 

If you’d like to know how I helped the litigation goal on these cases or any of the other cases I’ve been involved on, contact me: 

Amy Botkin, MS, CRC, CLCP  at 515-778-0634 or amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com

Go ahead and allow me to help you help your client on a litigated case involving work and disability (or only work….or only disability!). No matter what hard work is involved I’m up for the challenge!  Thank you for reading my post.


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


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