Knowledge importance and training needs in rehabilitation counselling: Perceptions of Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellors

M. J. Leahy, F. Chan, D. J. Magrega

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The certified rehabilitation counselling credentialing process has been established for a relatively short time in Canada. There is limited research on the roles and functions of Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellors (CCRCs). In the current study, 245 CCRCs completed a survey instrument to rate the relative importance of 70 knowledge items for rehabilitation counselling practise in Canada. Five empricially derived knowledge domains for practise were identified using principal components analysis. These domains are: Vocational Counselling and Consultation Services, Affective Counselling, Case Management, Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability, and History and Systems of Rehabilitation. In addition, the CCRCs indicated in the open-ended question section several additional knowledge areas as important to their practise: insurance legislation related to rehabilitation, forensic rehabilitation procedures (e.g., expert testimony), financial counselling, working with special populations (e.g., psychiatric rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation, and pain rehabilitation), and psychological and vocational testing. Implications for rehabilitation counselling education and training were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-229
Number of pages15
JournalCanadian Journal of Rehabilitation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Dec 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation

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