Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation

Designed for working professionals that currently have a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or working professionals that are already certified rehabilitation counselors. This program is offered online, so students will not have to sacrifice their work and family life in order to further their education and enrich their careers.

Jobs for rehabilitation counselors are expected to grow by 19%, which is faster than the average for all occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people who will need rehabilitation counseling will increase as the size of the elderly population, whose members become injured or disabled at a higher rate than other age groups, increases and as treatment for mental health related disabilities increases.

Forensic CRCs Have High Salaries: According to a survey of 1,220 Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) conducted by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CORE), CRCs working within a forensic/expert witness job function have the highest annual salary ($93,000) of all job functions analyzed. Furthermore, when average salaries were analyzed by primary work setting, CRCs working within business or industry have the highest annual salary ($78,000) of all settings listed, which is $30,000 more than CRCs working in state/federal rehabilitation agencies. High annual salaries in the forensic area may be a key attraction for CRCs seeking to transition from the public sector.

Rehabilitation professions who complete the program will be prepared to improve the health and well-being of individuals by evaluating the vocational, medical and rehabilitation needs of individuals in legal settings, including include social security, worker’s compensation and personal injury.

Faculty have a strong research focus on the vocational and rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities within forensic settings and are currently involved in funded forensic rehabilitation research from the Veterans’ Health Administration and the Foundation for Life Care Planning Research.

This is a non-credit professional certificate. Registration is open year-round and students may complete the self-paced program at any time. The program is comprised of 3 required courses.

Course Outline

Course 1: Forensic Rehabilitation Consultation 1

Areas of practice opportunity :

  • Social Security
  • Marital Dissolution
  • Personal Injury
  • Worker’s Compensation

Introduction to forensic report development

Course 2: Forensic Rehabilitation Consultation 2

  • Practice methodology
  • Client forensic interview
  • Utilization of vocational testing
  • Impact of disability in legal cases
  • Application of medical and psychosocial case information
  • Long-term care and rehabilitation considerations
  • Vocational capacity analysis
  • Vocational skills analysis
  • Earnings Capacity
  • Wage-loss analysis
  • Job placement

Course 3: Forensic Rehabilitation Consultation 3

  • Ethical considerations for the forensic expert
  • Marketing
  • Development of forensic vocational reports
  • Formulating opinions for testimony
  • Expert witness testimony Depositions: Trials, Defense cases, Plaintiff cases
  • Case research and cost recommendations
  • Case documentation