Feedback for Draft #3

Thank you for taking the time to provide CORE with feedback about Draft #3 of the Rehabilitation Counseling Standards for accreditation.  This draft reflects changes recommended by stakeholders who provided feedback about Draft #2 of the Standards.  Based on feedback, the Standards have been simplified by removing "laundry lists" of examples provided to explain the standard.

As was explained in the changes made to create Draft #2 of these Standards, items from the CORE’s 2009 accreditation Standards that were focused on general Counseling are not included.  The general Counseling Standards, which must be satisfied by ALL of CACREP's Specialty programs, comprise CACREP's "core" accreditation Standards.  If you wish to read those Standards, please visit

This is the final draft that will be available for public comment.  CORE's Standards Revision Committee will review all of the feedback received about this draft, and make any changes needed before submitting the final Standards to CORE's Board of Directors for review and approval.  After the Standards are approved by CORE's Board of Directors, that final version will be adopted by CACREP on July 1, 2017.

Please provide feedback for the three sections of this draft of the Standards, and add your general comments at the end of the survey.   The CORE Standards Revision Committee welcomes your feedback about the changes made in this draft, as well as other feedback regarding the revision of the standards. Thank you for your contribution to this essential part of the process.

* 1. INTRODUCTION:  Students who are preparing to specialize as rehabilitation counselors will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address varied issues within the rehabilitation counseling context. Rehabilitation counselors work collaboratively with individuals with disabilities and their environments to achieve their personal, social, psychological, and vocational goals. Counselor education programs with a specialty area in rehabilitation counseling must document where each of the lettered standards listed below is covered in the curriculum.


a.  History, systems, philosophy, and current trends of rehabilitation counseling.

b.  Theories, models and interventions related to rehabilitation counseling.

c.  Principles of independent living, consumer empowerment, and informed choice.

d.  Principles of universal design and respect for individual differences, to facilitate societal inclusion, participation, and access.

e.  Classification, terminology, etiology, prognosis, and effects of disabilities.

 f.  Testing instruments and methods of assessment for individuals with disabilities, including individual accommodations, environmental modification, and interpretation of results.

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a.  Administration and management of effective rehabilitation counseling practice, including coordination of services, payment for services, and record keeping.

b.  Awareness of areas of specialty Rehabilitation Counseling services, as well as specialized services for specific disability populations.

c.  Awareness and understanding of the impact of crisis, trauma, and disaster on individuals with disabilities, as well as the disability-related implications for emergency management preparation.

d.  Impact of disability on human sexuality.

e.  Impact of socioeconomic trends, public policies, stigma, access, and attitudinal barriers as they relate to disability.

f. Individual needs for assistive technology and rehabilitation services.

g.  Individual response to disability, and the role of families, communities, and other social networks.

h.  Impact of psychosocial influences, cultural beliefs and values, diversity and social justice issues, poverty, and health disparities, with implications for employment and quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

i.  Information about the existence, onset, degree, and progression of an individual’s disability, and  an understanding of diagnostic systems including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), International Classification of Diseases (ICD), and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

j.  Knowledge of organizational settings related to rehabilitation counseling services at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.

k.  Legal and ethical aspects of rehabilitation counseling, including ethical decision-making models.

l.  Legislation and policies relevant to  individuals with disabilities.

m. Medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, including attention to coexisting conditions.

n.  Professional and consumer advocacy associated with disability and disability legislation.

o.  Professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials relevant to the practice of rehabilitation counseling.

p.  Professional rehabilitation counselor scope of practice, roles, and settings.

q.  Social Security benefits, workers’ compensation insurance, long-term disability insurance, veterans’ benefits, and other benefit systems that are used by  individuals who have disabilities.

r.  Understanding and use of resources for research and evidence-based practices applicable to rehabilitation counseling.

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a.  Advocacy for the full integration and inclusion of individuals with disabilities, including strategies to reduce attitudinal barriers.

b.  Assessment of the needs and skills of individuals with disabilities.

c.  Assisting individuals with disabilities to obtain knowledge of and access to community services and resources.

d.  Career development and employment models and strategies to facilitate recruitment, inclusion, and retention of individuals with disabilities in the work place.

e.  Consultation and collaboration with employers regarding the legal rights and benefits of hiring of individuals with disabilities, as well as universal design and work disability prevention.

f.  Consultation with medical/health professionals or interdisciplinary teams regarding the physical/mental/cognitive diagnoses, prognoses, interventions, or permanent functional limitations or restrictions of individuals with disabilities.

g.  Evaluation and application of assistive technology with an emphasis on individualized assessment and planning.

h.  Evaluation of eligibility for services and case management strategies that facilitate rehabilitation and independent living planning.

i.  Identification, planning, and implementation of evidence-based rehabilitation counseling practices to facilitate successful rehabilitation outcomes.

j.  Strategies to facilitate successful rehabilitation goals across the lifespan.

k.  Strategies to enhance coping and adjustment to disability.

l.  Strategies to develop self-advocacy skills and maximize empowerment and participation in decision-making throughout the rehabilitation process.  

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* 4. What other feedback would you like to provide to CORE's Standards Revision Committee?