Empirically Derived Test Specifications for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination

Michael J. Leahy, Fong Chan, Connie Sung, Muwoong Kim

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This study examined the major job functions and knowledge domains required for effective rehabilitation counseling practice in today's rapidly changing practice environment to revise and update the test specifications for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification examination. This report describes the methodology used in this nationwide study, the primary research questions addressed, the study's principal findings and recommendations, including the new set of test specifications that will guide future versions of the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination. The results of this study provide empirical support for the description of the knowledge base underlying the practice of rehabilitation counseling and contributes further empirical evidence in relation to the content and construct validity of the knowledge domains identified in this replication and extension of the most recent study completed in 2006.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-214
Number of pages16
JournalRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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