Rehabilitation Services Minor
The College of Psychology has a long history of responding to the demands of the community for trained practitioners. The College also has a long history of providing quality education and individualized attention to students that facilitates the development of personal and professional skills. The degree programs in Rehabilitation have received national recognition for their contribution to the field, currently ranked fifth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The Rehabilitation Program also offers specialized training in the areas of Assistive Technology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
The mission of the Rehabilitation Services program is to:
- Increase the number of students entering the workforce with a bachelor's degree who are qualified to provide rehabilitation services to people with disabilities.
- Prepare students to enter graduate study in the field of rehabilitation counseling and related professions serving people with disabilities.
Rehabilitation Services Minor
Students can graduate with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Rehabilitation Services that is designed to prepare the student to work in a rehabilitation setting. Students can design their degree program to qualify for positions as a:
|Assistive Technology Practitioner||Behavior Specialist|
|Career Counselor||Case Manager|
|Disability Services Counselor||Habilitation Program Specialist|
|Independent Living Specialist||Job Coach|
|Job Placement Specialist||Probation/ Parole Officer|
|Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist||Rehabilitation Technician|
|Residential Counselor||Substance Abuse Counselor|
|Vocational Evaluation Specialist||Work Adjustment Specialist|
The objective of the program is to prepare students to meet the demand for bachelor's level personnel with expertise in working with people with disabilities. Candidates for a minor in rehabilitation services will complete coursework that allows them to:
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the physical, medical, social, psychological, economic and environmental barriers faced by people with disabilities and how these barriers prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in society.
- Acquire in-depth knowledge of the history, philosophy, and legal bases of rehabilitation.
- Acquire in-depth knowledge of the agencies and facilities that comprise the rehabilitation/human services system, including vocational, independent living, public and private rehabilitation service delivery systems and the roles and functions of the rehabilitation practitioner. Students will also demonstrate an awareness of the influence of cultural diversity in the rehabilitation.
- Acquire knowledge of and demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate with consumers and other professionals.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the coping process and personal adaptation following the onset of a disability; the psychological and social consequences of disabling conditions; sexuality and disability; attitudes towards people with disabilities; and stigma surrounding disability.
- Acquire an in-depth understanding of vocational rehabilitation outcomes, including work adjustment, job placement and independent living.
- Acquire an understanding of consumer advocacy techniques to assist consumers with problems related to access to care and quality of services.
- Acquire knowledge of and demonstrate adherence to the ethical principles and standards of rehabilitation service provision.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and, as needed, demonstrate strategies for utilizing vocational information, assessment results and problem solving strategies when working with other professionals in a multidisciplinary team environment.
- Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the process model of psychiatric rehabilitation, which consists of skills training, motivation strategies, transfer training skills, and cognitive rehabilitation strategies.
- Acquire an overview of assistive technology (AT) used by people with disabilities, including AT resources, economics of AT development, funding sources for AT, and the AT service delivery system.
Accelerated Rehabilitation Counseling Program
The fast-track program in rehabilitation counseling provides undergraduate students with an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling the option to earn their degree in one and a half years instead of two years. By taking courses that apply to the Rehabilitation Counseling Program in the student's senior year, coursework can be reduced by up to 15 credit hours, or one full-time semester.
Students interested in either undergraduate program option should contact:
Frank Lane, Ph.D., CRC
Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor - Rehabilitation Services Program
3101 S. Dearborn Street
Life Sciences Building, Suite 248E
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Minors consist of at least five courses (minimum 15 semester hours) and are optional and frequently cross-disciplinary. Since they provide a coherent set of ideas, concepts and educational experiences in a variety of areas, students may find that they enhance potential for professional development. Students who wish to pursue a minor must consult with advisers in their respective major departments.
Within Psychology we offer four minors that are available to other majors. These represent areas of strength in psychology and are important for psychology majors to know about because they are also disciplinary subspecialties in which we offer graduate training. These include: Human Resources, Organizational Psychology, Psychology (general for non majors), and Rehabilitation Services.