Training needs of certified rehabilitation counselors for contemporary practice

Fong Chan, Michael J. Leahy, Jodi L. Saunders, Vilia M. Tarvydas, James M. Ferrin, Gloria Lee

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In order to meet the demands of today's rehabilitation counseling practice environments effectively, rehabilitation counselors must be well prepared in traditional, as well as emerging, knowledge areas. The purpose of this study was to determine the training needs of certified rehabilitation counselors practicing in a variety of settings by identifying knowledge areas perceived by counselors as important for which they also reported limited preparation levels. Results of the analysis revealed 23 knowledge areas in which a critical training need was identified across all settings. Training needs for each of the three primary practice settings (public, proprietary, and nonprofit) are also provided. Implications for practice, preservice preparation, and professional development are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-91
Number of pages10
JournalRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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