Providing career and vocational counseling services to individuals with disabilities is a complex and dynamic process that is developmental in nature, involves the person interacting with the environment, and is moderated by social cognitive factors. This chapter addresses career and vocational counseling of persons with disabilities and provides information on evidence-based vocational interventions associated with supporting efforts to enter the workforce. It introduces the concept of work as a therapeutic intervention and provides an overview of a theoretical framework for the vocational readiness of individuals with disabilities to engage in work. It also provides an overview of commonly used career counseling techniques in rehabilitation settings. In discussing the centrality of work and the ways in which work is critical in meeting human needs, rehabilitation counselors gain an understanding that work plays an important role in the individual’s mental health and social integration.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Counseling Theories and Techniques for Rehabilitation and Mental Health Professionals|
|Editors||Fong Chan, Norman L. Berven, Kenneth R. Thomas|
|Publisher||Springer Publishing Company|
|State||Published - Feb 2015|