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Rehabilitation Services Education Program
The purpose of this class is to provide students with an introduction to the profession of rehabilitation services. This course will introduce students to areas of rehabilitation service provision that are accessible to baccalaureate (BS rehabilitation services) trained professionals. Students will consider the history, philosophy, organization and services of vocational rehabilitation: the needs and rights of the people with disabilities will be emphasized. A survey approach will use guest speakers, video and electronic media to present services, rehabilitation settings, and the duties and functions of entry level generalist rehabilitation personnel.
The course focuses on physical disabilities and covers attitudinal, environmental, medical, and the more common psychosocial problems encountered in working with individuals with a disability. It includes basic medical information and terminology, functional limitations, and special attention will be given to the definition, classification, incidence, etiology, diagnosis and assessment, developmental consequences, and available interventions for each of the disabling conditions.
This course focuses on skills needed for students to access and utilize rehabilitation research. The course will review the basic terminology, concepts and principles underlying research in rehabilitation and will identify the major sources of rehabilitation research literature. Students will develop skills in conducting a literature review using Internet browser searches, online databases and professional websites, the university library and associated electronic databases. This course will assist students in reading research reports and synthesizing information for application to practice and for writing scholarly reports. The skills needed for writing professional research papers/reports will be developed along with acquiring the fundamentals of APA format.
This course will examine codes of ethics, professional behavior, ethical issues, and legal and liability concerns facing practitioners working in the rehabilitation field. It will expose students to the implications of unethical behavior and the challenges practitioners must address in their employment.
(Prerequisite, permission required.) This course is for the study of various special topics and experimental course offerings by the Rehabilitation Services Education Program.
This course focuses on the nature and types of mental disabilities commonly encountered by rehabilitation professionals. Specific disabilities to be focuses on include: mental retardation, learning disabilities, and selected psychological disorders such as personality disorders, affective disorders, psychotic disorders, and drug abuse.
(Prerequisite, permission required.) Purpose is to permit student involvement in a rehabilitation setting, to observe the organized structure, process, working conditions, and interaction of various rehabilitation disciplines without the responsibility of employment.
Emphasis will be placed on understanding the cognitive and affective elements necessary to establish professional helping relationships with clients. Role-playing and videotape recordings will be an integral part of the instructional process. The theoretical concepts of interviewing as well as the practical aspects in establishing professional helping relationships between the human services worker and the client will be examined.
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.
(Prerequisite, RE 540 Sign Language I.) This is the second course in a two-course sequence for students focusing on learning more advanced communication skills to more effectively work with persons who are deaf or hearing impaired. Students will develop knowledge of and sensitivity for the experiences, concerns, and conditions which affect deaf/hearing impaired children and adults.
(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.
The focus of this course is to provide an opportunity for the further development of interpersonal skills and personal growth through exposure and participation in group guidance activities. The majority of class time will be spent providing students with the opportunity to realize the potential of providing educational and self-growth experiences for persons who have a disability. Scholarly materials will be presented to acquaint the student with the various theoretical approaches and uses of group work. A great deal of time will also be spent in the application of this knowledge in a group experience. An expectation of this course will be for each student to identify, research, prepare, and present a paper on a topic or theory related to group work. The paper/presentation must address the issue of how techniques/theory etc., can be applied to meet the needs of persons having disabilities.
This course will review the major disability service delivery systems in the United States including the public/not-for-profit sector, private for profit sector, independent living rehabilitation, disability management, social security, and other related human service systems that provide services to individuals with disabilities. This class will look at the definition of disability across all of these service systems. The Americans with Disabilities Act and other major legislation that have influenced the delivery of services and/or the discrimination of persons with disabilities will be covered in depth.
(Prerequisites, RE 290, RE 291, and RE 392.) Designed to provide the student with an understanding in depth of the principles and techniques involved in casework procedures in social and rehabilitation service agencies. The student will learn the essential content of the client study process and techniques in plan formulation and implementation.
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.
(Prerequisites, RE 290, RE 291, or concurrent.) This course is designed to provide both graduate and undergraduate students a comprehensive overview of independent living services including individual and community advocacy strategies. The focus will be on those individuals with the more severe disabilities and their needs. To accomplish the aforementioned, course content will include a history of the independent living movement and current status of the independent living centers in the United States. The advocacy component of the course will be presented through a lens of individual issues regarding community, social, vocational, and personal inclusion barriers that people with disabilities experience. It will address the concept of self-determination and consumer choice and effective interventions to assist individuals attain their personal goals.
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.
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.
(Prerequisite, permission required.) The opportunity for supervised application of theory to practice in a rehabilitation setting under direct supervision of qualified persons in the host agency and the university faculty.
(Prerequisites, RE 699 or concurrent or permission required.) This course will provide the opportunity for undergraduate students to share and learn from the experiences of other students participating in a variety of internship field experiences. Students will meet periodically on campus to review problems encountered and to discuss issues that influence the delivery of rehabilitation services. Students enroll in the seminar during the semester they are completing an internship.
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.
(Prerequisite, permission required.) The purpose of this course is to provide in-depth studies in the specific dimensions of rehabilitation services such as sign language, family counseling in rehabilitation, alcohol and drug abuse, independent living, behavior management, private sector rehabilitation, etc. Topics to be covered will vary from semester to semester.
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 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.