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Rehabilitation Counseling

RC 209 Practicum I (1-3)
First supervised field experience designed for undergraduate students exploring the rehabilitation counseling profession. Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator


RC 309 Intermediate Practicum II (1-3)
Second supervised field experience designed for undergraduate students exploring the rehabilitation counseling profession. Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator


RC 407/507 Seminar (1-9)
Terms and hours to be arranged.


RC 409 Advanced Practicum III (1-3)
Third or advanced supervised field experience designed for undergraduate students exploring the rehabilitation counseling profession. Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator


RC 422/522 Medical and Functional Aspects of Disability in Rehabilitation (3)
Overview of medical and functional aspects of disability in rehabilitation; most common illnesses and disabilities encountered for case management in rehabilitation-related settings; environmental/attitudinal barriers of various disabling conditions, focusing on young adult through mature adult populations; basic medical terminology, etiology, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and health issues resulting in disability, and medical information needed to facilitate service delivery for persons with disabilities. Students will be introduced to the functional aspects of disability and possible resources for an individual who may need rehabilitation engineering and/or technology services.


RC 432/532 Psychosocial and Environmental Aspects of Disability (3)
Analysis of the psychological and social impact of disability from an individual, family, community and environmental perspective. Developmental issues (e.g. childhood to adulthood lifespan) related to disability will be explored. Influence of the family and helping professions will also be presented. Rehabilitation services and resources available to both professional and lay public are noted.


RC 475/575 Hearing Loss and Assistive Technology (1)
Provides students with an understanding of the impact of hearing loss on access to both oral/aural communication and environmental cues/alarms. Students are exposed to technology that can improve communication access for individuals experiencing hearing loss across a variety of settings. Samples of assistive listening, telecommunication and alerting devices will be demonstrated.


RC 476/576 Professional Identity in Rehabilitation Counseling (1)
Provides an overall orientation to graduate studies in the rehabilitation counseling education (RCE) program at WOU. Students will have opportunity to learn about both state and national professional organizations as well as counselor licensure and certification programs.


RC 490/590 Professional Issues: Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf Clients (3)
An examination of the social and vocational implications of hearing loss on individuals who are hard of hearing and Deaf. Also, an extensive review of the social services that respond to the unique needs of this population with an emphasis on the state vocational rehabilitation agency.


RC 606 Special Projects (1-9)
Terms and hours to be arranged.


RC 607 Seminar (1-9)
Terms and hours to be arranged.


RC 608 Workshop (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged.


RC 609 Practicum (3)
Opportunity to apply basic counseling skills in a relatively safe environment. Students will have opportunity to participate in weekly consultation with a practicum supervisor to promote personal growth and introduction to a variety of counseling approaches and rehabilitation issues. First year practicum classes will meet weekly and are taken concurrent with RC 611, RC 612 and RC 613.Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator


RC 610 Internship (18 minimum)
Students perform two full-terms (9 credits per term) of on-site placement with a state or community rehabilitation counseling agency or social service agency charged with meeting the specific rehabilitation needs of clients. Total internship will consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours which includes 600 hours of counselor-in-training experience. Prerequisites: successful completion of RC 609, RC 611, RC 613, RC 620, RC 621, RC 630, RC 631, RC 633, RC 650, RC 660, and one of the following research courses: RC 625, ED 612, SPED 616, or TPD 640. Student cannot begin RC 610 Internship with an Incomplete grade (I) in any RC class unless they have petitioned the faculty of the Rehabilitation Counselor Education program for a waiver.


RC 611 Introduction to the Helping Profession (3)
First in a series of three courses. Designed to provide an in-depth study of problem-management counseling approach when working with clients who are Deaf or who have disabilities. Formation of general interpersonal skills and basic helping relationships is stressed. Two major counseling theories will be introduced.


RC 612 Theory & Techniques of Counseling (3)
Overview of a variety of contrasting theoretical counseling models underlying both individual and group practice in counseling. Second of three courses that present theories and techniques used in effective rehabilitation counseling. Emphasis is placed on the appropriateness of selected theories when counseling persons with disabilities. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in RC 609


RC 613 Lifestyle and Career Development (3)
Explores the foundational issues of work, principles of human and career development (early childhood to senior adult), and major career counseling theories as applied to different stages in life. Ethnic, racial, social and gender issues related to career development will be considered. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in RC 609


RC 620 Professional Orientation to Rehabilitation Services and Resources (3)
Overview of the rehabilitation profession. Explores issues ranging from philosophical and service models to personal dilemmas faced by rehabilitation counselors. Students will be exposed to issues that challenge various groups who identify themselves as people with disabilities. Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator


RC 621 Job Development, Placement and Retention (3)
Examines theory, role, techniques, and issues related to job development, placement and retention as they lead to competitive employment for persons with disabilities. Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator


RC 625 Rehabilitation Counseling Research (3)
Course will assist the rehabilitation counseling student in developing the required skills in the area of research that are needed for effective practice and contributions to the functioning of a rehabilitation agency. These skills include the ability to review and evaluate relevant literature for specific clinical issues, implementing research principles in the program evaluation process, methods for reporting findings, and understand how each practitioner can contribute to the general body.


RC 630 Group Work (3)
Objective is to increase student knowledge of background, counseling theory and processes in groups. Student will experience practical application of group theory and techniques by participating as a member for six group sessions. Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator


RC 631 Family, Disability and Life Span Development (3)
Provides an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, from birth to old age. Topics will include a general overview of the expanded family life cycle; introduction of family counseling theories and clinical application; use of genograms to track family history; and understanding of how diverse characteristics impact the family throughout the life span. Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator


RC 633 Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling (3)
Intended to increase student’s understanding of issues and dynamics when providing rehabilitation counseling across social, cultural and community lines. Emphasis on the student’s examining his/her own cultural identity, attitudes and biases. Attention will be given to developing understanding of gender, class, race, ethnicity, disability, family structure, roles and values, and various lifestyles. Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator


RC 634 Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Illness in Rehabilitation (3)
Designed to help broaden students’ knowledge and conceptual understanding of diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in a rehabilitation setting. Students will learn how to read a psychological evaluation and make general diagnostic decisions. Prerequisite: RC 611


RC 650 Ethics and Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling (3)
Provides an awareness of professional and ethical principals applied to rehabilitation casework, organization policy, and disability law. Will discuss legalities and provide an awareness of responsibilities and duties in regard to rehabilitation related counseling activities. Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator


RC 660 Case Management in Rehabilitation Counseling (3)
Examines strategies for providing effective case management services for persons with disabilities. Contemporary issues faced by the rehabilitation counselor will be discussed. Crisis management tools and conflict resolution strategies will be examined. Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator


RC 662 Measurement and Assessment Procedures in Deafness and in Rehabilitation (3)
Selection, administration and interpretation of various psychological, achievement and interest instruments used with persons who are Deaf, hearing impaired, and persons who have disabilities. Special emphasis will be placed on test interpretation in the client-counselor or teacher-student relationship. Demonstration and practice will be included. Prerequisite: consent of program coordinator



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