Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors

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The state rehabilitation agency remains one of the largest places of employment for rehabilitation counselors. Vocational rehabilitation counselors are expected to serve persons with disabilities effectively by retaining, maintaining, or obtaining jobs or careers that are compatible with the consumers’ interests and abilities. Independent living rehabilitation counselors working with consumers are expected to provide services that will allow them to become more independent. Job burnout and job dissatisfaction are two factors that rehabilitation counselors experience while on the job. Previous research has shown that employees in the helping profession tend to experience a tremendous amount of burnout and job dissatisfaction. Counselors work in a distinctive work environment that involves demanding roles which can lead them experiencing burnout (Brown & Wallace, 2004). State rehabilitation agencies must ensure that job satisfaction remains high in order to retain counselors (Andrew, Faubion, & Palmer, 2002). One important factor that can help retain counselors in state rehabilitation agencies is by increasing extrinsic rewards. Extrinsic rewards may include the work environment, co-workers, job security, and opportunities for professional development (Andrew et.al, 2002).

Like many agencies, state rehabilitation agencies experience a number of shortages of qualified rehabilitation counselors. Lustig and Strauser (2009) indicates that a national study of the state-federal VR agencies reported a 13% turnover rate and 41% of rehabilitation counselors indicated that they would leave their position within the next 5 years . They go on to say that approximately 42% of rehabilitation counseling graduates enter employment w...

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...n electronic copy of the instrument was made available to the research participants. The instrument included two parts. Past one asked participants to answer questions in regards to age, ethnicity, gender, current marital status, highest level of education, number of years worked as a rehabilitation counselor, disability, and whether they were a CRC. The second part asked rehabilitation counselor questions concerning their experience working in their state agencies. The instrument includes 13 questions using a dichotomous scale in which participants were asked to respond to a series of behavioral and attitudinal questions. Participants were also asked to rank what they consider important, very important or not a factor in their job as a rehabilitation counselor (e.g, autonomy, empowerment, salary, opportunity for promotions, and recognitions for their work).
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