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Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health
College of Public Health and Health Professions

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. High annual salaries in the forensic area may be a key attraction for CRCs seeking to transition from the public sector.

How does this program support / enhance the mission of the College; the Strategic Plan of the 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.

Course Outline

Course 1: Orientation to Forensic Rehabilitation Consultation

  • Areas of practice opportunity
    • Social Security
    • Marital Dissolution
    • Personal Injury
    • Worker’s Compensation
  • Introduction to forensic report development

Course 2: Intermediate Forensic Rehabilitation Consultation

  • Practice methodology
  • Client forensic interview
  • Utilization of vocational testing
  • Impact of disability in legal cases
  • Application of medical and psychosocial case information
  • Long-term care and rehabilitation considerations
  • Vocational capacity analysis
  • Vocational skills analysis
  • Earnings Capacity
  • Wage-loss analysis
  • Job placement

Course 3: Advanced Forensic Rehabilitation Consultation

  • Ethical considerations for the forensic expert
  • Marketing
  • Development of forensic vocational reports
  • Formulating opinions for testimony
  • Expert witness testimony
    • Depositions
    • Trials
    • Defense cases
    • Plaintiff cases
  • Case research and cost recommendations
  • Case documentation

Onsite Component 

“Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate Program” at the University of Florida

*Now accepting Applications for

Spring 2013 (begins January 2013)*

 The Department of Behavioral Science & Community Health at the University of Florida is proud to offer the Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate Program beginning Spring 2013 (January 2013)!  We’re now accepting applications!

Minimum Requirements for Acceptance

  • Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (or equivalent); or are in the final stages of their educational program.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better.

Applying for the Program

  • A non degree registration request
  • A short (one page) essay describing why you want to be in the program and how this training will advance your professional development career aspirations
  • A copy of your current resume
  • A copy of all of your Official Academic Transcripts

Mail the Documents to:
FVR Program (ATTN: Amanda Glynn)
Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health
University of Florida
HPNP, 1225 Center Drive, Room 4181
P.O. Box 100175
Gainesville, FL
32610-0175

Upon receipt of all of the documents described above you will receive confirmation that your application has been received and is being reviewed. Once you have completed the application process please send any future correspondence to ahusk@ufl.edu

*Please feel free to contact Amanda Glynn (ahusk@ufl.edu or 352-273-6491) with any questions you may have*

Tuition Fees

Graduate Level Certificate in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation

Graduate Level Courses (3 Courses- total of 9 Credits) includes Onsite Training: $1,573.68 per course

Total for the FVR Program (3 courses and 1 Onsite Training) – $4,730.04

Course Sequence

Spring 2013 Semester

Course 2 (Intermediate Forensic Rehabilitation Consultation)

Course 3 (Advanced Vocational Rehabilitation Consultation)

Summer 2013 Semester (No Course offered)

Fall 2013 Semester

Course 1 (Orientation to Forensic Rehabilitation Consultation)