About the Field of Rehabilitation Counseling

The field of rehabilitation has maintained a consistent pattern of growth over the last two decades and will continue to expand into increasingly important areas such as school to work transition, veterans with disabilities, injured workers, individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and multicultural issues. Entrepreneurial students can look forward to increasing opportunities in private sector rehabilitation.

Our students are heavily recruited by agencies within New England and across the United States. Many students have job offers prior to graduation and virtually all of our students find employment shortly after graduation. Many of our graduates have become leading figures in rehabilitation and human services management in New England. Typically, graduates are employed in a number of public, private, nonprofit, and proprietary settings including public agencies such as the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, non-profit agencies such as Seven Hills Foundation and Genesis Club, higher education such as Quinsigamond Community College and Stonehill College, and proprietary entities (private for profit agencies) such as Unum Insurance Company.

Our graduates currently hold positions such as rehabilitation counselors, vocational evaluators, work adjustment specialists, substance abuse counselors, transition coordinators, disability services directors, vocational placement specialists, case managers, mental health counselors, etc., in agencies that provide services to individuals who have a range of impairments and disabilities.

The important role of a rehabilitation counselor...
The primary goals of the rehabilitation counselor are to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals in life by assisting them to identify their strengths, build on their assets, enhance their abilities, and positively alter the environments in which they function.

To effectively and efficiently assist the rehabilitation client to accomplish these objectives, the rehabilitation professional focuses on several major roles and functions including:
• Counseling
• Career Development
• Case Management
• Disability Management
• Job Analysis
• Vocational Assessment
• Consultation
• Mediation
• Consumer Advocacy
• Environment Modification

The Worcester, MA region offers tremendous opportunity in the human services fields.
Worcester is a major human services center in Massachusetts. The Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program has an excellent relationship with a large number of agencies in the community, as well as those in Boston, Providence, and Hartford. This makes many meaningful internship opportunities available during your course of study, and excellent job opportunities after graduation.