EDCE 6260 - Medical and Psychosocial Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling
Provides students with an introduction and basic understanding of the medical and psychological aspects of disability and the use of this information in rehabilitation counseling. More specifically, will examine a number of issues related to common medical conditions, including: diagnoses, basic pathology and symptomatology, treatment, role of medical professionals, functional limitations, and vocational implications. Students will develop skills in assessing the functional implication of various medical and psychiatric impairments and develop an understanding of how this information is used in counseling, rehabilitation plan development, service delivery, environmental accommodation, and job placement.
Meets the following CORE Standards:
E.3; E.3.1; E.3.2; E.5.4
C.2.1; C.2.4; C.2.6; C.2.2; C.2.12; C.2.9
Requisites: EDCE 6200
Credit Hours: 4
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Acquire a fundamental understanding of medical terminology necessary to interpret medical reports and facilitate communication with medical professionals.
- Be aware of issues of intimacy and sexuality confronting persons with disabilities.
- Be knowledgeable of how coping with traumatic life events is affected by appraisal, attitudes, values, cultural norms, and beliefs.
- Be knowledgeable of the prevailing attitudes towards persons with disabilities, reasons for the development of these attitudes, and methods of attitude change.
- Become familiar with medical rehabilitation programs and other appropriate community resources.
- Become familiar with the role of appropriate medical specialists and other allied health professionals in the diagnoses, treatment, and rehabilitation of certain medical impairments and diseases.
- Develop an understanding of medial aspects of disabilities, functional capacities of individuals with disabilities, and appropriate intervention resources, e.g., assistive technology, reasonable accommodations, environmental modification, etc.
- Develop an understanding of the individua’s emotional reaction and adjustment to chronic illness and the implications for counseling interventions.
- Develop basic skills in securing information about the existence, onset, severity, progression, and expected duration of an individual’s disability.
- Develop counseling skills that are appropriate for disability issues including psychological and social adjustment, functional independence, and social integration.
- Develop the ability to utilize medical information in rehabilitation counseling, case management, service delivery, and vocational planning.
- Discuss and apply concepts related to disability such as stigma, normalization, deviance, spread, etc.
- Identify deviancy images of stereotypes of people with disabilities in the general public and media.
- Recognize a range of societal attitudes and environmental barriers toward people with disabilities.
- Recognize major issues facing individuals, families, and significant others when coping with a disability.
- Recommend specific strategies that can be used to help persons cope with their disability.
- Understand the purpose and use of functional capacity information in the delivery of rehabilitation services and the design of environmental accommodations.
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