Rehabilitation Counselor

Individuals who have physical andor mental disabilities or who have suffered from illnesses or sustained injuries often need help and guidance so that they can become employable and also function as independently as possible. The job of rehabilitation counselors is to assess such individuals to determine their capabilities and needs and then to develop a program of rehabilitation that may involve counseling to assist with emotional problems job training and job placement. Rehabilitation counselors first interview their clients to make an initial determination of their physical emotional and educational status as well as their career goals. They refer clients to any agency that might be needed to evaluate the client’s physical and mental capabilities so that a realistic rehabilitation goal can be set. Rehabilitation counselors usually coordinate physical occupational and speech therapy depending on their clients’ needs. They may also consult with their clients’ family members when creating an optimal plan. The rehabilitation counselor is responsible for keeping a file on each client to record all information any referrals and their clients’ progress toward their rehabilitation goals. The website says that aspiring rehabilitation counselors typically have a master’s degree in counseling or psychology although some earn doctoral degrees. In most states rehabilitation counselors are required to pass a written examination and be supervised for a certain number of hours in order to become licensed. Some states have the additional requirement that rehabilitation counselors be certified by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a greatly increased number of employment opportunities in the coming decade. The website says that rehabilitation counselors earn annual salaries ranging from approximately $28500 to $44200.

Education Required: Master's Degree
Avg Salary: $36350
High Salary: $44200
Low Salary: $28500
Tasks: Helps individuals with disabilities deal with difficult emotions.
Teaches workplace skills.
Works to maximize the independence of clients.
Assists with job placement.
Also Called: Case Management Coordinator
Developmental Training Counselor
Rehabilitation Specialist
Disability Counselor
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