What is Rehabilitation Counseling?

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Rehabilitation counseling is emerging as a popular career choice for high-energy people who want to be creative and independent while making a very real difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

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Here’s a great brochure prepared by the Rehab Services Administration, Department of Education describing the profession, rehab jobs, and information you’ve always wanted to know! It’s the source for the above sentence and the next couple paragraphs in my post.

Being unique, rehabilitation counseling trains professionals who will be dedicated to working with individuals with disabilities in order to help them achieve productive and independent lives.

In short, the goal of rehabilitation counseling is empowering people with disabilities to make informed choices, build viable careers and live more independently in the community.

Just as other counseling tracks, rehabilitation counseling educational programs – in order to produce competent and certifiable professionals – are at the master’s level.

Drake University, School of Education, Des Moines, Iowa offers an excellent Council of Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accredited master’s level Rehabilitation Counseling Program.  This accreditation enables graduates of the program to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors. The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) sets the standard for quality rehabilitation counseling services in the United States and Canada.

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Drake’s Mascot, Spike

Here’s a better bulldog picture. She has experience in Drake’s Beautiful Bulldog contest! Her name is Fat Amy. She owns Jeska Reese Dean, a family friend. They both are now living in the Chicago area!

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Fat Amy 

I completed all required coursework at Drake University in the Master of Science in Counseling program. And in addition, I took extra coursework focusing on job placement and mental health. I was then eligible to take a national examination which I took on October 30, 2004, and upon passing, I earned the coveted CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) designation.

For a little background, there are two main sections of the CRC exam:  Counseling and Rehabilitation/Disability.  A statistical procedure called equating is used to ensure all examinees demonstrate the same level of ability in order to pass the exam. Here’s my results:

Counseling Section:

Amy E. Botkin Scaled Score:       598         Passing Scaled Score:   500

 

Rehabilitation/Disability  Section:

Amy E Botkin Scaled Score:       628            Passing Scaled Score:   500

TaDa

Here’s a link to my CRCC Certificate 71256. I love this career! I will use my talents wisely!

Please let me know if you have questions about the profession, my education or the professional  associations and groups I belong to. It may be a good career option for someone you know!

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people find a place in the workforce

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