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Rehabilitation Counselors

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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, 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.

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

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $33,970/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.33/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 4,880
    • Yearly Projected Openings 620
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Persistence
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged
    • Special purpose telephones
    • Mobile phones
    • Lasers
    • Digital telephones
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Internet browser software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.