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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One of the primary focuses of rehabilitation counseling is the career development, employment, and vocational behavior of individuals with disabilities. Career assessment plays a very large role in the conceptualization of career-related issues and the delivery of appropriate career and employment services to people with disabilities. This chapter provides rehabilitation counselors with the necessary information and understanding of concepts and career assessments that impact the career development and employment of people with disabilities. It begins with an overview of the importance of work and the benefits derived from engaging in productive work—related activities. The chapter briefly discusses the factors that impact the career development and employment of people with disabilities and introduces the Illinois Work and Well-Being Model as a conceptual framework that can be used to guide career assessment. The chapter concludes with a description and overview of commonly used career measures used in rehabilitation counseling setting.
Providing career and vocational counseling services to individuals with disabilities is a complex and dynamic process that is developmental in nature, involves the person interacting with the environment, and is moderated by social cognitive factors. This chapter addresses career and vocational counseling of persons with disabilities and provides information on evidence-based vocational interventions associated with supporting efforts to enter the workforce. It introduces the concept of work as a therapeutic intervention and provides an overview of a theoretical framework for the vocational readiness of individuals with disabilities to engage in work. It also provides an overview of commonly used career counseling techniques in rehabilitation settings. In discussing the centrality of work and the ways in which work is critical in meeting human needs, rehabilitation counselors gain an understanding that work plays an important role in the individual’s mental health and social integration.