The Role of the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Life Care Planning
This chapter outlines some of the vocational factors that a life care planner may encounter if a client is expected to have the capability for work activity. The Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), 4th edition, defines a vocational rehabilitation counselor as one who "counsels handicapped individuals to provide vocational rehabilitation services". Vocational rehabilitation counselors can be credentialed in a number of areas, most notably Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), Certified Case Manager (CCM), Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE), and American Board of Vocational Experts (ABVE). Pediatric cases present many unique challenges for the life care planner. One challenge is that there is little, if any, history on which to rely, and practitioners are often hesitant to offer future care recommendations. For this reason, neuropsychological evaluations are particularly helpful with children to qualify and quantify the impact of a child's brain injury on functioning and behavior.