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Rehabilitation Counseling Program
(Prerequisites, SC810, or concurrent.) An introduction to career counseling with various types of clientele. The theoretical emphasis is on the development aspects of career decision making from childhood through adulthood. Attention is given to various information sources and techniques for counselors to use in assisting clients with appropriate approaches to decision making.
(Prerequisites, SC810 or concurrent.) A close look at various theories of counseling and their applicability to the individual counselor and his/her prospective counseling situation. The use of various tools in the specific approaches to counseling. The application of theory in dealing with personal concerns in education, private practice, rehabilitation and other agency settings will be examined.
(Prerequisite, 9 graduate hours in CC or permission required.) This course provides an understanding of group dynamics, stages of group development, group leadership styles, group counseling methods and skills, and presents group process theories and methods applicable in all group counseling settings. Specifically, this course is designed to provide experiential techniques and intervention strategies essential for counselors treating mental disorders in therapeutic groups in mental health settings. Part of this course provides students the opportunity to participate in brief counseling groups facilitated by the professor during which techniques and interventions reflecting various group counseling theorists and group processes are implemented.
An introductory graduate level course in research methodology designed to allow the student to function as a knowledgeable consumer of research in his/her field of endeavor. The content of the course should prepare the student to evaluate informal descriptive studies in their field.
An orientation to occupations, occupational information assessment instruments, assessment techniques and information interpretation as utilized in various vocational rehabilitation settings. Consideration will also be given to various theoretical approaches to vocational planning and the impact of theory in practice.
This course explores the factors that influence successful employment of people with disabilities in the current labor market. Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of both the worker with a disability who is seeking employment and the employer who creates employment opportunities for workers. Students are introduced to business and social forces which shape the labor market and how to use those forces in employment planning with workers with disabilities. Strategies for doing employer development, job development, and job placement in public and proprietary sectors are examined. Students will learn job seeking skills and how to design employment supports for workers with disabilities.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundations of rehabilitation and the rehabilitation counseling profession. The course will introduce students to relevant aspects of rehabilitation history, philosophy, values and practice, with an emphasis on the operational aspects of the rehabilitation service delivery system. The course will examine current issues, community resources, services, and the vocational rehabilitation process.
Provides medical information about disabling conditions and introduces students to medical terminology. Includes knowledge of the etiology, prognosis, methods of treatment, effects of disabling conditions and implications for the rehabilitation professional. Relationships of other health related personnel to medical services and comprehensive rehabilitation are also emphasized.
This course focuses on understanding the psychosocial process involved in adjusting to disability. The major characteristics of disability that impact adjustment will be explored as well as stage theories typically cited when referencing the adjustment to disability. Social, environmental, and political factors that impact how persons with disabilities are viewed in society will be discussed. A developmental approach will be taken as life stages will be explored. The impact that disability has on personality development, sexual functioning, families, and social functioning will also be covered.
This course integrates rehabilitation principles, knowledge, and skills using systematic and sequential planning and management. Topics will include: (1) the goals and models of case management in rehabilitation; (2) client/consumer interviewing and assessment; (3) planning for appropriate and effective intervention strategies, services, and benefits, included in a rehabilitation plan; (4) plan implementation, program monitoring, and evaluation; and (5) placement and closure. The course will address several key components including effective documentation, process and relationships, health care management, community resources and supports, service delivery, psychosocial interventions, conflict resolution and problem-solving processes, and management techniques. It will focus on facilitating the consumer’s quality of life, maximum functioning in the environment of choice, and making desired vocational or employment decisions.
(Prerequisites, CE 805, CE 810, CE 825 and RE 801.) Students must have an approved application for admission to the practicum the semester before expected enrollment. This course is designed to provide the graduate counseling students an opportunity to apply and further one’s knowledge of counseling and rehabilitation practice through supervised counseling and case management experiences. It is a continuation of the learning process which began in CE810, Counseling Skills Development, and allows the student to learn about various counseling strategies and issues in the context of actual counseling practice. It will expose the student to the many practical, ethical, and rehabilitation issues involved in actual counseling experiences.
(Prerequisites, RE 855 and permission required.) Opportunities for the application of theory in the practice of rehabilitation counseling and case management in a rehabilitation setting. Provided under the general direction and supervision of the university and the direct supervision of a qualified person within the agency or facility. Review of clients’ problems, possible solutions, and rehabilitation planning is emphasized.
The following represent some of the online electives that have been and may be offered again by Counselor Education. Additional electives may be offered at the main campus in Emporia and at ESU-KC. Special topics may also be available: Counseling with Deaf Persons; Issues of Returning Veterans; Setting Boundaries: Personal & Professional.
This course will provide the student with a lexicon of approximately 600 signs. The student will become familiar with various sign language systems and will be able to recognize their differences. Important issues within the field of deafness will be addressed, including: deaf culture, education of deaf people, assistive listening devices, and professions in the field of deafness. Through the class text, additional readings, class discussions, and deaf consumers, the student will continue to develop signing skills while developing an understanding of how hearing loss affects individual development.
(Prerequisites, RE 540 and RE 541.) This class is an advanced level class designed for students with no less than two (2) semesters of college-level American Sign Language (ASL) credit, RE540 and RE541. Students will be introduced to additional linguistic features of ASL, idioms and poetry. Through textbook assignments and class activities students will refine their signing skills and come to a better understanding of ASL and those who use it as their primary language.
This course focuses on understanding the role of rehabilitation services and counseling within the adult and juvenile justice system. It emphasizes the issues in rehabilitation assessment and the resources that may be helpful in case management, planning, and counseling. It will also address ethical and legal issues in service delivery, the influence of the judicial system on rehabilitation efforts, and the role of rehabilitation professionals in the current justice system.
This course is designed to facilitate awareness of addictions including alcohol and drug abuse. Various types of addictions will be explored. Students will be introduced to treatment and prevention approaches appropriate to each addiction. An emphasis will be placed on understanding addictions in a sociocultural context. Case studies, guest presenters and class lectures will assist students understanding rehabilitation approaches to addiction.
This course will introduce the student to the different theories of addiction: (1) biological, (2) psycho-dynamic, (3) social learning, (4) systems, (5) sociocultural, (6) spiritual, and their implications for counseling. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the cultural variables that influence alcohol and substance use across the various microcultures. The phenomena of dual diagnosis (alcohol and substance abuse coexist with another disabling condition) will be explored. Culturally relevant counseling and rehabilitation strategies will be explored.
This course will examine some of the principles and theories that influence family services, and the roles and factors that significant others play in supporting rehabilitation services to individuals. It will emphasize a holistic view of the family, disability, and rehabilitation services to individuals. Issues that impact on personal adjustment and rehabilitation goal attainment will be explored as well as the meaning of the “family” in today’s society. Legislation and agency policy will be examined to understand the economic and relationship implications to families. Students will obtain a general overview of the influence of the family in adjustment, the resources available to families in the rehabilitation process, the importance of advocacy in attaining rehabilitation goals, and the role of beliefs and family values in individual adjustment.
The purpose of this course will be to introduce students to the basics of behavior management theory, process and techniques as used in various rehabilitation settings. Emphasis will be placed on the identification of antecedents [previous experiences] and the use of natural supports and consequences as behavior management tools. Course content will include behavioral techniques used in such areas as job coaching, situational assessments and work adjustment settings. Students will be provided experience in functional behavioral assessments and behavioral intervention plans.
This special course will explore the use of access and assistive technology in the rehabilitation process. Classroom activities will focus on awareness and decision making in selecting and using technology to assist people with disabilities in the rehabilitation process. Students will explore ways in which people with disabilities use technology, the theory involved in the employment of assistive technology and the role that the rehabilitation counselor plays in the assistive technology process. Students will experiment with the "information highway" and learn how it can be utilized in locating rehabilitation knowledge and information.