The outcome expected from counseling and guidance for a consumer during rehabilitation is to encourage the consumer to make decisions about the services that the consumer will receive and to be responsible for those decisions.
The counselor works one-on-one with the consumer to:
- understand the consumer’s problems;
- recognize the consumer’s potential; and
- follow a plan of self-improvement leading to the best possible outcome and personal and social adjustment.
Rehabilitation counselors are professional counselors. While their goals, roles, and skills may be similar to those used by other counselors, rehabilitation counseling often poses additional challenges related to the consumer’s disability. Disability related challenges must be identified so that counseling strategies can be incorporated into the counseling relationship to help the consumer.
Counseling and guidance is important to the success of our consumers. The rehabilitation counselor’s knowledge of disability issues, available program services, and community resources can help the consumer decide how to overcome barriers.
Counseling and guidance is a core rehabilitation service and written in the Individualized Written Rehabilitation Plan as a planned service.
Counseling and guidance is an essential component of any case that is closed as successfully rehabilitated and this component is documented in the case file.