Rehabilitation counsellors have expertise in preparing people to re-enter the workforce after an accident or injury. Rehabilitation counsellors have specialised skills in workplace, occupational and vocational rehabilitation to assist injured workers to maintain, obtain and regain employment.
Where do rehabilitation counsellors practise?
Rehabilitation counsellors are employed in a range of professional areas including federal and state government departments, private occupational rehabilitation companies, not for profit disability agencies, state workers’ compensation authorities, income protection and life insurance companies, compulsory third party insurance companies (CTP) and accident authorities, private practice and private rehabilitation services.
When should I see a rehabilitation counsellor?
Following an accident or injury, it is beneficial to see a rehabilitation counsellor who can advise on appropriate duties at work or assist with reintegration into the workforce.
What services do rehabilitation counsellors provide?
Rehabilitation counsellors provide vocational assessment, job preparation and placement services, and career development; adjustment to injury counselling, rehabilitation and return-to-work services (including suitable duties programs), workplace assessment, disability prevention and management.
How are rehabilitation counsellors qualified?
In order to practice, rehabilitation counsellors must complete a university rehabilitation counselling qualification and adhere to the standards of professional and ethical practice set out by the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia.
For more detailed information about rehabilitation counselling, please visit the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia website.
Find a practitioner
The Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia has a Find a Rehabilitation Counsellor service that can be accessed here.