Rehabilitation counselors help people deal with personal, social, and vocational effects of disabilities and addictions. They counsel people with disabilities resulting from birth defects, illness or disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life.
The rehabilitation counselor meets with patients who have concerns about returning to work or school, need assistance accessing community supports or have questions about disability benefits. The rehabilitation counselor evaluates the need for other services or connections with community resources such as local independent living centers, regional "One Stops", and state agencies such as ACCES-VR.
Rehabilitation counselors typically hold a Masters degree from an accredited University. National certification is available through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.