Trauma-sensitive rehabilitation counseling: Paradigms and principles

Deirdre O'Sullivan, Justin R. Watts, David R. Strauser

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BACKGROUND: Individuals with disabilities are more likely to have experienced trauma over the course of the lifespan, however, these experiences and their impact on individual functioning have yet to be fully recognized within rehabilitation counseling practice, research, and education. OBJECTIVE: The following manuscript outlines trauma-informed principles related to rehabilitation service provision. METHODS: An overview of relevant theories that may be unfamiliar to rehabilitation professionals is included, as well as recommended assessment tools for use in practice and research. CONCLUSIONS: By employing specific tenants of trauma-informed care, infused with traditional rehabilitation practice, rehabilitation counselors are in a unique position to comprehensively address consumers' needs and ultimately foster more constructive outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-312
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019


  • Trauma
  • disability
  • rehabilitation counseling
  • trauma-informed care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy


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