CRCC Role and Function Study
Rehabilitation counselors are the only professional counselors educated and trained at the graduate level specifically to serve individuals with disabilities. Through a comprehensive and unique counseling process, rehabilitation counselors help individuals who have disabilities set and achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals. They are the bridge between individual and self-sufficiency, helping them to live fully integrated lives.
The standards for the certification of rehabilitation counselors are based on empirical research studies. These studies are an important resource for educators and students and are based on surveys across rehabilitation counseling practice settings. The results encapsulate the current knowledge requirements and help align them with the profession’s certification and accreditation mechanisms.
CRCC conducts a role and function study approximately every five years to ensure the relevance and the validity of the certification examination for rehabilitation counselors. The study compares knowledge domains across the wide variety of rehabilitation counseling practice settings. What emerges from the results is the knowledge areas that should be addressed in the item specifications for the examination.
- Job Task Analysis
The role and function studies are published and available above. Educators have access to these studies and may use them as curriculum standards for graduate education, graduate program requirements, and courses are being created and revised.
Changes and shifting the focus on rehabilitation counseling curriculum does occur. Changes should be driven by the knowledge, skills, and actives performed by individuals engaging in their profession and by the needs and realities of our stakeholders.