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Working As A Rehabilitation Counselor

  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $32,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Rehabilitation Counselor Do

Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, mental, developmental, and emotional disabilities live independently. They work with clients to overcome or manage the personal, social, or psychological effects of disabilities on employment or independent living.

Duties

Rehabilitation counselors typically do the following:

  • Provide individual and group counseling to help clients adjust to their disability
  • Evaluate clients’ abilities, interests, experiences, skills, health, and education
  • Develop a treatment plan for clients in consultation with other professionals, such as doctors, therapists, and psychologists
  • Arrange for clients to obtain services, such as medical care or career training
  • Help employers understand the needs and abilities of people with disabilities, as well as laws and resources that affect people with disabilities
  • Help clients develop their strengths and adjust to their limitations
  • Locate resources, such as wheelchairs or computer programs, that help clients live and work more independently
  • Maintain client records and monitor clients’ progress, adjusting the rehabilitation or treatment plan as necessary
  • Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities to live in a community and work in the job of their choice

Rehabilitation counselors help people with disabilities at various stages in their lives. Some work with students to develop strategies to live with their disability and move from school to work. Others help veterans cope with the mental or physical effects of their military service. Still others help elderly people adapt to disabilities developed later in life from illness or injury. Some may provide expert testimony or assessments during personal injury or workers’ compensation cases.

Some rehabilitation counselors deal specifically with employment issues. These counselors, sometimes called vocational rehabilitation counselors, typically work with older students and adults.

Rehabilitation counselors who work in private practice must spend time marketing their practice to prospective clients and working with insurance companies and clients to get paid for their services.

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How To Become A Rehabilitation Counselor

Rehabilitation counselors typically need a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or a related field. Some positions require certification or a license.

Education

Most employers require a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or a related field. A bachelor’s degree in most fields is acceptable to enter a master’s degree program. Master’s degree programs teach students the theories, skills, and techniques that will enable them to provide effective mental health counseling. These programs also train students in evaluating clients’ needs, formulating and implementing job placement strategies, and understanding the medical and psychological aspects of a disability. They typically require a period of supervised clinical experience, such as an internship.

Although some employers hire workers with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation and disability studies, these workers typically cannot offer the full range of services that a rehabilitation counselor with a master’s degree can provide. Students in bachelor’s degree programs learn about issues that people with disabilities face and about the process of providing rehabilitation services. Some universities offer dual-degree programs in rehabilitation counseling, in which students can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in 5 years.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements for rehabilitation counselors differ by state and by type of services provided. Those providing counseling services to clients and patients must attain a license through their state licensing board. Other services provided by rehabilitation counselors, however, may be exempt from state licensing requirements. For example, rehabilitation counselors who provide only vocational rehabilitation services or job placement assistance may not need a license.

Licensure typically requires a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience. In addition, counselors must pass a state-recognized exam. To maintain their licensure, counselors must complete annual continuing education credits.

Applicants should contact their state licensing board for information on what services or counseling positions require licensure. Contact information for these state licensing boards can be found through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Some employers prefer or require rehabilitation counselors to be certified. The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification offers the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification. Applicants must meet advanced education, work experience, and clinical supervision requirements and pass a test. Certification must be renewed every 5 years. Counselors must complete continuing education requirements or pass a reexamination to renew their certification.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Rehabilitation counselors need to be able to effectively communicate with clients. They must express ideas and information in a way that is easy to understand.

Compassion. Counselors often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations. They must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Critical-thinking skills. Counselors must be able to develop a treatment plan to help clients reach their goals by considering each client’s abilities and interests.   

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different types of people is essential for rehabilitation counselors, who spend most of their time working directly with clients, families, employers, or other professionals. They must be able to develop and maintain good working relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for rehabilitation counselors. They need to give their full attention in sessions in order to understand clients’ problems, concerns, and values.

Patience. To help people learn new skills and strategies, rehabilitation counselors must have patience as clients struggle to learn about and address their disabilities.

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Rehabilitation Counselor Career Paths

Rehabilitation Counselor
Counselor Therapist Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Counselor Clinician Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Counselor Team Leader Case Manager
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Therapist Supervisor Program Director
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Team Leader Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Clinician
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinician Clinical Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Utilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Behavioral Specialist Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Lead Teacher House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Counselor Lead Teacher House Manager
Housing Director
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Registered Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Clinical Social Worker Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Clinical Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Clinical Manager Director Of Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Addictions Counselor House Manager
Housing Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Career Counselor Senior Recruiter Employment Manager
Director Of Employer Services
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Juvenile Counselor 3.2 years
Teacher Counselor 2.6 years
Group Counselor 2.1 years
Counselor 2.0 years
Program Counselor 1.9 years
Relief Counselor 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Rehabilitation Counselor
Internship 14.2%
Case Manager 10.5%
Counselor 7.8%
Cashier 4.8%
Teacher 3.7%
Volunteer 3.5%
Therapist 3.3%
Supervisor 3.2%
Top Careers After Rehabilitation Counselor
Case Manager 13.7%
Counselor 9.6%
Therapist 8.2%
Internship 4.6%
Clinician 4.3%
Teacher 3.8%
Supervisor 3.3%
Director 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$32,000
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$19,000
Min 10%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Tides Center
Highest Paying City
Portland, OR
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Rehabilitation Counselor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Rehabilitation Counselor in the United States is $32,933 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $19,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $55,000.

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Real Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Rehabilitation Counselor Evergreen Medical Clinic, PC Sep 14, 2016 $80,000
Rehabilitation Counselor Restore Rehab Services, LLC Sep 10, 2015 $70,000
Rehabilitation Counselor Northshore Home Health Care, Inc. Dec 01, 2013 $68,744
Rehabilitation Counselor Northshore Home Health Care, Inc. Jan 12, 2016 $68,744
Rehabilitation Counselor Northshore Home Health Care, Inc. Aug 03, 2015 $68,744
Rehabilitation Counselors Interpreting and Consulting Services, Inc. Aug 30, 2013 $55,245
Rehabilitation Counselor First Class Physical Therapy, P.C. Sep 08, 2014 $54,808
Rehabilitation Counselor Palladia Inc. Jan 30, 2015 $53,135
Rehabilitation Counselors R A S Health Care LLC Aug 01, 2014 $50,088
Rehabilitation Counselors R A S Health Care LLC Aug 01, 2013 $50,088
Rehabilitation Counselors Vesta, Inc. May 07, 2013 $49,000
Rehabilitation Counselor First Class Physical Therapy, P.C. Sep 08, 2014 $46,030
Rehabilitation Counselors Community Connections, Inc. Jan 28, 2014 $45,473
Rehabilitation Counselors Boston Higashi School Inc. Jan 16, 2014 $45,000
Rehabilitation Counselor (Assitant Program Manager The Devereux Foundation Sep 27, 2013 $37,357 -
$50,774
Rehabilitation Counselor (Primary Instructional Coordinator) The Devereux Foundation-Kanner Center Mar 22, 2016 $37,044
Rehabilitation Counselors Boston Higashi School Inc. Aug 26, 2013 $37,000
Rehabilitation Counselors Boston Higashi School Inc. Jan 16, 2014 $36,816
Therapist/Rehabilitation Counselor Salisbury Behavioral Health, Inc. Jun 30, 2016 $36,600
Rehabilitation Counselor II (Case Manager) The Devereux Foundation Jul 30, 2013 $36,542 -
$78,084
Rehabilitation Counselors Boston Higashi School Inc. Jan 16, 2014 $36,192
Rehabilitation Counselor II (Case Manager) The Devereux Foundation Jan 08, 2016 $31,242 -
$34,680
Rehabilitation Counselor San Diego Second Chance Program Sep 09, 2016 $31,200
Rehabilitation Counselors Devereux Foundation Jan 07, 2014 $30,826
Rehabilitation Counselor Martins' Achievement Place, Inc. May 03, 2013 $30,262
Rehabilitation Counselor (Case Manager) The Devereux Foundation Jun 05, 2014 $30,160 -
$33,500
Rehabilitation Counselor (Case Manager) The Devereux Foundation May 06, 2014 $30,160 -
$33,500
Rehabilitation Counselor Devereux Foundation Jul 19, 2016 $30,000
Rehabilitation Counselor Devereux Foundation Sep 06, 2016 $30,000

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Top Skills for A Rehabilitation Counselor

  1. Treatment Plans
  2. Mental Health Services
  3. Crisis Intervention
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Complete observational documentation necessary to provide mental health professionals with information necessary to develop treatment plans to reduce problematic behavior.
  • Led groups, which provided psycho-education for individuals receiving mental health services.
  • Performed first response crisis intervention while licensed or more experienced assistance was called.
  • Analyzed and developed vocational, education, and independent living skills of adjudicated youth living in comprehensive residential treatment program.
  • Organized and implemented individualized rehabilitation programs.

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Top 10 Best States for Rehabilitation Counselors

  1. Nevada
  2. Idaho
  3. Washington
  4. New Jersey
  5. Arizona
  6. Oregon
  7. Kansas
  8. New Mexico
  9. Florida
  10. Massachusetts
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Rehabilitation Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

62.7%

Male

31.9%

Unknown

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Black or African American

14.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.9%

French

10.8%

Portuguese

3.9%

Arabic

3.9%

Italian

3.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

German

2.9%

Chinese

2.0%

Romanian

2.0%

Bassa

1.0%

Yoruba

1.0%

Turkish

1.0%

Braille

1.0%

Dakota

1.0%

Carrier

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Hmong

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Navajo

1.0%
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Rehabilitation Counselor Education

Schools

Wilmington University

10.7%

Coppin State University

7.6%

Capella University

7.0%

Towson University

7.0%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

5.5%

Walden University

5.5%

New York University

4.9%

Delaware State University

4.9%

Temple University

4.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.6%

Springfield College

4.6%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.0%

Bowie State University

4.0%

Morgan State University

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

University of Maryland - Eastern Shore

3.4%

East Carolina University

3.1%

Webster University

3.1%
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Majors

Rehabilitation Science

16.3%

Psychology

14.8%

Counseling Psychology

10.4%

Social Work

10.2%

Criminal Justice

7.8%

Human Services

7.6%

Mental Health Counseling

6.3%

Business

4.3%

Sociology

3.6%

School Counseling

2.6%

Clinical Psychology

2.5%

Nursing

2.3%

Education

2.1%

Behavioral Sciences

1.6%

Health Care Administration

1.6%

Special Education

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Family Therapy

1.1%

Human Resources Management

1.1%

Public Health

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

47.0%

Bachelors

35.6%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

4.5%

High School Diploma

4.1%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.5%
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