What does a Rehabilitation Counselor do?
A rehabilitation counselor helps a person live and work independently that suffers with emotional, physical, developmental, or mental disabilities. They assist patients with employment challenges and help both the client and the employer overcome any obstacles that may arise.
The rehabilitation counselor helps them manage or overcome the effects of the daily obstacles of their disabilities personally, socially, and psychologically.
How to become a Rehabilitation Counselor
A rehabilitation counselor normally needs a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling or a similar field. Usually, a bachelor's degree is sufficient to enter into the master's degree program.
These programs teach a student skills, theories, and techniques that are used in mental health counseling, as well as training in understanding the psychological and mental aspects of a disability. They learn to evaluate a patient's requirements and implement and formulate job placement.
Along with this training, a period of supervised clinical experience is required, like an internship. Obtaining a duel-degree in rehabilitation counseling is possible in some universities where one can secure both a bachelor's and master's degree in 5 years. Some states have different requirements than others for licensing for a rehabilitation counselor, as well as certifications.
Job Description of a Rehabilitation Counselor
A rehabilitation counselor is responsible for evaluating a patient's interest, abilities, health, skills, education, and experience in order to help them live and work independently with their mental, physical, emotional, or developmental disabilities.
They offer group or individual counseling to those coping with their disability. They would arrange for the person to receive special services needed for career training or medical care. He or she works with other professionals to develop a treatment program to help the client with their goals.
A rehabilitation counselor educates employers in understanding the laws and resources available, as well as the needs of the disabled employee. A rehabilitation counselor is an advocate of the client and, as such help them to adjust to the limitations of the disability, as well as to develop their strengths.
They help locate wheelchairs if necessary or obtain computer programs to assist the client live and work as independently as possible in the jobs they would desire. Because he or she works with people in a wide range of ages, some rehabilitation counselors choose to help students or veterans who are struggling with physical or mental challenges. Others may enjoy helping the elderly.
An occupational counselor should be compassionate, a critical thinker, and have interpersonal skills. They should also have patience and be a good listener. The Bureau of Labor Statistics project a 9 percent growth in 2014-2024 in this occupation.