Rehabilitation counsellors assist people with disability or medical conditions or who are experiencing social disadvantage to attain individual rehabilitation goals, including return to paid employment. They assist people with physical or psychological disabilities, refugees, ex-offenders, disadvantaged youth and those experiencing long-term unemployment.
Duties & Tasks
Rehabilitation counsellors may perform the following tasks:counsel clients adjusting to disabilityundertake comprehensive assessment of the client's vocational, social, medical, educational, personal and psychological needs in order to develop an individual rehabilitation planplan, develop, implement and monitor individual client rehabilitation programmes, ensuring appropriate services are provided within these programmesrefer clients for medical examinations and psychological or psychiatric evaluationsuse a variety of assessment tools, tests and strategies to assess a client's particular interests, abilities, skills, motivation, attitude, values and knowledge in order to establish life or vocational goalsprovide career development services to clientsanalyse and use labour market information when making decisions about a client's vocational choicesarrange formal or on-the-job training for clients as part of their rehabilitation goalscheck a client's progress in training or employment phases of the rehabilitation programmeevaluate the effectiveness of redeployment and recommend further actionmanage the placement of clients into suitable paid employment or back into the community after coordinating the client's required trainingnegotiate and manage a gradual return or introduction to a job to ensure a smooth transitiontalk to insurance companies, medical practitioners, community organisations and other professionals to ensure all parties are consulted regarding the client's individual rehabilitation programmeprovide an information and advisory service to organisations that assist people with disability or social disadvantage.
Rehabilitation counsellors work as case managers and may be part of a team comprising medical, therapy and related rehabilitation personnel.
- good communication skills good problem-solving skills a supportive and tactful approach to people's problems able to work independently or as part of a team.