A certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) helps people who have disabilities to be able to function, live independently, continue their education, and/or obtain employment. The disabilities may be of physical or mental nature. In some cases, the client will have undergone an injury or an illness and will be recovering from it.
Some places that a certified rehabilitation counselor works are private practices, educational institutions, rehabilitation institutions, and prisons. The counselor will perform an evaluation to determine the issues that the client has. Then the counselor will determine what sorts of treatments and resources the client can utilize, in order to gain independence. Some extra health treatments may be necessary to improve independence. The counselor may encourage the clients to go on to higher education, job training, or employment. In some jobs, the counselor will help the client live alone, so modifications to the residence may need to be made. The counselor may work with medical personnel who provide services to the client and with the client’s family, in order to gain a better understanding of the patient’s journey to success.
Usually, a master’s degree relating to the field of rehabilitation counseling is necessary. Experience is often required, which can be obtained from employment or internships. The certified rehabilitation counselor must have valid certification, usually from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Tasks
Analyze and develop rehabilitation plans that fit clients' aptitudes, education levels, physical abilities, and career goals.
Prepare and maintain records and case files; document clients' information, services provided, and relevant correspondence.
Evaluate, monitor and record clients' progress in order to ensure that rehabilitation goals and objectives are met.
Maintain contact with clients during job training and placements, in order to resolve equipment problems and evaluate placement adequacy.