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Rehabilitation Counselors - 21-1015.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, aging, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Employment Advisor
  • Employment Services Case Manager
  • Employment Specialist
  • Human Services Care Specialist
  • Job Coach
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Vocational Case Manager
  • Vocational Placement Specialist
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC)

SOC Occupation Groups

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  • Analyze information from interviews, educational and medical records, consultation with other professionals, and diagnostic evaluations to assess clients' abilities, needs, and eligibility for services.
  • Arrange for on-site job coaching or assistive devices, such as specially equipped wheelchairs, to help clients adapt to work or school environments.
  • Arrange for physical, mental, academic, vocational, and other evaluations to obtain information for assessing clients' needs and developing rehabilitation plans.
  • Collaborate with clients' families to implement rehabilitation plans, such as behavioral, residential, social, or employment goals.
  • Collaborate with community agencies to establish facilities and programs for persons with disabilities.
  • Confer with clients to discuss their options and goals so that rehabilitation programs and plans for accessing needed services can be developed.
  • Confer with physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, and other professionals to develop and implement client rehabilitation programs.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community referral sources, such as schools or community groups.
  • Develop diagnostic procedures to determine clients' needs.
  • Develop rehabilitation plans that fit clients' aptitudes, education levels, physical abilities, and career goals.
  • Locate barriers to client employment, such as inaccessible work sites, inflexible schedules, or transportation problems, and work with clients to develop strategies for overcoming these barriers.
  • Maintain close contact with clients during job training and placements to resolve problems and evaluate placement adequacy.
  • Manage budgets and direct case service allocations, authorizing expenditures and payments.
  • Monitor and record clients' progress to ensure that goals and objectives are met.
  • Participate in job development and placement programs, contacting prospective employers, placing clients in jobs, and evaluating the success of placements.
  • Prepare and maintain records and case files, including documentation, such as clients' personal and eligibility information, services provided, narratives of client contacts, or relevant correspondence.
  • Supervise rehabilitation counselors and staff.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Arrange physical or mental health services for clients.
  • Assist clients in handling details of daily life.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to develop education or assistance programs.
  • Confer with clients to discuss treatment plans or progress.
  • Confer with family members to discuss client treatment plans or progress.
  • Counsel clients regarding educational or vocational issues.
  • Develop tools to diagnose or assess needs.
  • Develop treatment plans for patients or clients.
  • Develop working relationships with others to facilitate program activities.
  • Evaluate characteristics of individuals to determine needs or eligibility.
  • Evaluate potential problems in home or work environments of clients.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or educational programs.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Manage organizational or program finances.
  • Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress.
  • Refer individuals to educational or work programs.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Behavioral Health Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Correctional Counselor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Correctional Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor Intern (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Primary Prevention (PP) and Human Factors Process (HFP) Advanced Professional Development Train the Trainer Certification (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Substance Abuse Control Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor