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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Clinical rehabilitation is the holistic application of counseling skills to help those with the following disabilities:

  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Emotional
  • Developmental

Today, we’ll show you how attending a rehabilitation clinic like Renaissance Recovery’s Orange County rehab might help you optimize your independence, as well as helping you better integrate with the community.

What is Clinical Rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation counseling is a specific strand of the counseling discipline. Professionals work helping people with a range of physical and emotional disabilities, with increased independence as the overarching goal.

Here are some of the most common types of disabilities that rehabilitation counseling can be used for:

  • Substance use disorders
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Mental health disorders
  • Co-occurring disorders (addiction and co-occurring mental health disorder)
  • Sensory disorders (deafness, blindness)
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Traumatic brain injuries

The field of rehabilitation counseling continues to grow in the following ways:

  • Expanding educational programs
  • More rewarding career paths for rehabilitation counselors
  • Chance of state licensure

Certification is available via CRCC (Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification), with the opportunity for counselor licensure available across all fifty states.

While it might seem relatively new, rehabilitation counseling has existed as some form of counseling specialty for over 100 years now.

In 1918, federal legislation was initiated to help rehabilitate WWI veterans vocationally.

More legislation came in 1920, with the first broad-based federal program intended to provide vocational development assistance to those with disabilities not resulting from the war.

These services have expanded over the past century, with each state having a vocational rehabilitation agency. You can find a directory of those state VR agencies right here.

What Does a Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor Do?

If you engage the services of a rehabilitation counselor, you’ll get the opportunity to work closely with a skilled professional so you are thriving rather than surviving.

The counselor will use a client-centered approach to therapy to help you achieve your full capabilities in the following areas:

  • Psychological functioning
  • Social functioning
  • Vocational functioning

Therapy will be delivered in line with your personal perception of quality of life, your personal goals, and your overall abilities.

One of the core goals underpinning rehabilitation counseling is the elimination of any barriers, whether environmental or attitudinal, through utilizing counseling technology, support, and advocacy.

The best vocational rehabilitation services are personalized, but will typically include some combination of the following:

  • Vocational guidance and counseling
  • Skills training
  • Job coaching and tutoring
  • Supported employment services
  • College or vocational training
  • Job placement assistance
  • Interpreter services
  • Reader services
  • Transportation
  • Assistive technology services
  • Referral services
  • Support services
  • Advocacy and follow-up services

The process of rehabilitation counseling is chiefly consistent with the general counseling process.

A collaborative process, rehabilitation counselors work closely with people with any of the disabilities outlined above. Together, needs are assessed and identified, as well as any services and interventions needed to achieve these goals.

From here, the rehabilitation counselor helps to organize the required services and interventions in the form of a service plan.

This service plan is then implemented, with progress tracked and charted

Due to the complexity of the needs associated with rehabilitation counseling, many different professionals, services, and programs are involved. As such, the seamless coordination of all of these agencies is one of the core roles of the counselor.

Finding Rehabilitation Clinics Near Me

Rehabilitation counselors, like mental health counselors, work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Rehabilitation centers, as a CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor)
  • Inpatient substance abuse treatment facilities
  • Outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities
  • Private practice, as an LCMHC (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor)
  • Public rehabilitation agencies (community rehabilitation or state vocational rehabilitation providers)
  • Private rehabilitation agencies (insurance rehabilitation or workers’ compensation)
  • Mental health facilities (community health organizations)
  • Hospitals
  • State and federal offices (federal disability advocates or state services for the deaf and blind)
  • Schools (transition services for youth)
  • Correctional facilities

The first thing you need to do is determine which of these settings would be beneficial for you.

Searching for “rehabilitation clinics near me” or “clinical rehabilitation counseling” is likely to yield many suitable options in your area, many of which will be located at addiction treatment facilities like Renaissance Recovery Center.

Renaissance Recovery’s Rehabilitation Clinic

Whether you need clinical rehabilitation in a standalone capacity or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for addiction and/or a mental health disorder, we can help you here at Renaissance.

You’ll have access to qualified clinical rehabilitation counselors who can guide you as you engage with a wide range of therapies and counseling.

All the treatment we offer is evidence-based, although we also offer holistic therapies to supplement this treatment. Reach out to the Renaissance Recovery admissions today for more information on our outpatient treatment programs and clinical rehabilitation by calling 866.330.9449.

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Diana Vo, LMFT

Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country