Unifying and elevating rehabilitation counseling through model-driven, diversity-sensitive evidence-based practice

Fong Chan, Vilia Tarvydas, Kacie Blalock, David Strauser, Bobbie J. Atkins

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Rehabilitation counseling must embrace an evidence-based practice paradigm to remain a vital and respected member of the future community of professions in rehabilitation and mental health care and to fully discharge its responsibility to assist consumers in accessing effective rehabilitation interventions and exercising truly informed choice. The goals of this article are to (a) discuss the importance of using model-driven and culturally sensitive evidence-based rehabilitation counseling practices to enhance rehabilitation outcomes for people with disabilities, (b) highlight the needs for an integrative conceptual framework of disability that can be used to conduct systematic rehabilitation counseling research and to examine mediators and moderators affecting vocational rehabilitation outcomes, and (c) recommend changes in rehabilitation counseling practice, education, and research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-119
Number of pages6
JournalRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sep 11


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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