BSCH Launches On-Line Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Faster Than Average Growth Nationally: Jobs for rehabilitation counselors are expected to grow by 19%, which is faster than the average for all occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people who will need rehabilitation counseling will increase as the size of the elderly population, whose members become injured or disabled at a higher rate than other age groups, increases and as treatment for mental health related disabilities increases.
Forensic CRCs Have High Salaries: According to a survey of 1,220 Certified Rehabilitation Counselors(CRC) conducted by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CORE), CRCs working within a forensic/expert witness job function have the highest annual salary ($93,000) of all job functions analyzed. Furthermore, when average salaries were analyzed by primary work setting, CRCs working within business or industry have the highest annual salary ($78,000) of all settings listed, which is $30,000 more than CRCs working in state/federal rehabilitation agencies.
Students who either already have a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and are Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) or are in the final stages of their educational program and are preparing to become a CRC are eligible to complete the program.
The program will target 1) public sector CRC’s who are seeking to transition to the private sector; 2) place bound working professionals who are at the beginning stage of their careers who have yet to serve as an expert witness, and 3) students who are in Rehabilitation Counseling programs across the country and are seeking electives not offered by their home university.
The college’s mission is to preserve, promote, and improve the health and well-being of populations, communities and individuals. To fulfill this mission, the college fosters collaborations among public health and the health professions in education, research and service. Health professionals from the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health, a public health department, will lead and manage the Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Rehabilitation professions who complete the program will be prepared to improve the health and well-being of individuals by evaluating the vocational, medical, and rehabilitation needs of individuals in legal settings. Such legal settings include social security, worker’s compensation, and personal injury.
Additionally, faculty within BSCH have a strong research focus on the vocational and rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities within forensic settings. Faculty from this department are currently involved in funded forensic rehabilitation research from the Veterans’ Health Administration and the Foundation for Life Care Planning Research. Finally, department faculty support multiple doctoral students from the Rehabilitation Science program who are conducting research within the forensic rehabilitation arena.
Proposed Course Outline (Graduate Level Courses) – 3 Course and an Onsite Training
Course 1: Orientation to Forensic Vocational Practice
Course 2: Forensic Case Analysis
Course 3: Professional Practice for Vocational Forensic Experts
Course 4: Onsite Training: Expert Testimony