Rehabilitation Counselors

Human Services > Counseling & Mental Health Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

14000+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.

Common job titles of Rehabilitation Counselors include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 49.25% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 26.26% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

Tasks

    Monitor and record clients' progress to ensure that goals and objectives are met.

    Develop rehabilitation plans that fit clients' aptitudes, education levels, physical abilities, and career goals.

    Prepare and maintain records and case files, including documentation such as clients' personal and eligibility information, services provided, narratives of client contacts, or relevant correspondence.

    Confer with physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, and other professionals to develop and implement client rehabilitation programs.

    Maintain close contact with clients during job training and placements to resolve problems and evaluate placement adequacy.

    Participate in job development and placement programs, contacting prospective employers, placing clients in jobs, and evaluating the success of placements.

    Analyze information from interviews, educational and medical records, consultation with other professionals, and diagnostic evaluations to assess clients' abilities, needs, and eligibility for services.

    Arrange for physical, mental, academic, vocational, and other evaluations to obtain information for assessing clients' needs and developing rehabilitation plans.

    Manage budgets and direct case service allocations, authorizing expenditures and payments.

    Develop diagnostic procedures to determine clients' needs.

    Arrange for on-site job coaching or assistive devices, such as specially equipped wheelchairs, to help clients adapt to work or school environments.

    Locate barriers to client employment, such as inaccessible work sites, inflexible schedules, or transportation problems, and work with clients to develop strategies for overcoming these barriers.

    Develop and maintain relationships with community referral sources, such as schools or community groups.

    Confer with clients to discuss their options and goals so that rehabilitation programs and plans for accessing needed services can be developed.

    Collaborate with community agencies to establish facilities and programs for persons with disabilities.

    Collaborate with clients' families to implement rehabilitation plans, such as behavioral, residential, social, or employment goals.

Tools

Voice over internet protocol VoIP systems

Voice output communication aids

Tablet computers

Smartphones

Scanners

Photocopiers

Personal computers

All Tools

Notebook computers

Multi-line telephone systems

Liquid crystal display LCD projectors

Laser printers

Laser pointers

Laser facsimile machines

Intercom systems

Handheld calculators

Global positioning system GPS receivers

Desktop computers

Alternative mouse options

Alternative computer keyboards

Technologies

Adobe Systems Adobe Reader

Budgeting software

Chart Links

Client information database software

Data input software

Electronic medical record EMR software

Email software

All Technologies

Encryption software

Fanatic Software Informant

Global positioning system GPS software

Microsoft ActiveSync

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Microsoft Mobile Explorer MME

Microsoft Office Mobile

Microsoft Office Outlook (Calendar)

Netscape Navigator

Scheduling software

Spreadsheet software

Test interpretation software

Virus protection software

Voice recognition software

Word recognition software

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Negotiation

Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Abilities

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Clerical

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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