Individuals suffering from any of a variety of disorders - emotional, mental, physical, or developmental in nature - often rely on the services of rehabilitation counselors. For many, the support of these professionals enables the patient to live independently or with a greater degree of independence than they could enjoy without the support. Rehabilitation counselors work with individuals from nearly any age group or developmental level, and for any number of a key issues that impact a person's overall quality of life.
Rehabilitation counselors can work on a one-on-one basis with a client or within a group setting; their initial objective is to do the following:
- Evaluate the patient's abilities, interests, and goals
- Develop a short- or long-term plan of action to address the client's needs.
- Aid patients in acquiring the services they need, ranging from employment training to medical care.
- Rehabilitation counselors work with employers to ensure appropriate accommodations are made to produce the best possible results for both patient and employment provider.
As with any other professional, rehabilitation counselors maintain immaculate treatment records for all patients, ensuring continuity in care at all times. Without the work of rehabilitation counselors, the quality of life of individuals with disabilities would be profoundly impacted; the role these professionals play in aiding individuals in obtaining a significant degree of independence is a key factor in the happiness and satisfaction of the patient.