The rehabilitation counseling/teaching program is a 76 hour program co-sponsored by the Department of Blind and Low Vision Studies and the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. It prepares graduates to provide a full range of vocational rehabilitation counseling services to individuals with cognitive, physical, psychiatric and sensory disabilities.
Typically, rehabilitation counselors/teachers:
- Provide training in specialized methods or adaptive techniques for communications, activities of daily living and recreation.
- Facilitate training and access to assistive technologies.
- Assist consumers with career development and choices.
- Foster acquisition of work-related skills.
- Modify jobs.
- Develop jobs.
- Facilitate placement into employment.
Rehabilitation counseling/teaching graduates receive two Master of Arts degrees:
- Counselor education in rehabilitation counseling
- Counselor education in vision rehabilitation therapy
The program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education and approved by the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired.
Graduates are eligible to become certified rehabilitation counselors through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification and certified vision rehabilitation therapists through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals. Graduates are also eligible for Michigan licensure as professional counselors.