This book is useful to a wide range of readers and can readily serve as a core textbook or resource to explain the history, development, and current practice of rehabilitation counselors (RCs) within the context of the contemporary practice of counseling. Although most clearly useful to counselors-in-training in an introductory course, people think that those RCs at the doctoral level or already in practice interested in the field and its broader positioning and potential will find this book appealing. The book consists of 22 chapters that are divided into parts that emphasize different themes important to understanding both the people and types of situations with which RCs work and the specific roles and skill sets that describe professional practice. It consists of basic information about the structure and professional practice of rehabilitation counseling, and serves the important role of introducing the readers to the RC’s most important partner in the counseling process, the person with a disability. The book also focuses on the professional practice of rehabilitation counseling and introduces the new work in the field that sharpens the emphasis on evidence-based practices and research utilization in the field. It describes in detail, the specific functions that constitute the work of rehabilitation counseling: assessment, counseling, forensic and indirect services, clinical case management and case coordination, psychiatric rehabilitation, advocacy, and career development, vocational behavior, and work adjustment of individuals with disabilities. Further, the book introduces the competencies that provide the types of skills, knowledge, and attitudes that must infuse the practice of rehabilitation counseling because of their pervasive and overarching importance in all aspects of practice.
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This chapter describes the value of case management for rehabilitation counselors (RCs) and discusses the purpose of medical, psychological, and vocational case management. RCs use case management skills in a variety of work settings, including public rehabilitation, private for-profit rehabilitation, behavioral health treatment programs, community-based rehabilitation, private not-for-profit rehabilitation programs, and managed care. Case documentation may include case notes documenting the RC’s interactions with the client and other service providers Psychological case management may require assisting the client in referral to a mental health professional. A psychological or neuropsychological evaluation may be completed if additional information regarding the client’s cognitive and emotional functioning is required. Vocational case management requires that RCs have knowledge of their clients’ educational background and prior work and volunteer experiences. The chapter also explains how Lewy body dementia (LBD) can affect a client’s rehabilitation.