College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies

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Through inquiry, education, and practice, the undergraduate program in Rehabilitation Services will build a culture of leadership among the students. The shared values of respect, authenticity, accountability, teamwork, and a commitment to serve others will be fostered. This program at ECU takes pride in developing leaders who inspire, empower and influence positive change.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services prepares students to work with individuals receiving rehabilitation and related services through public or private organizations in the community. Working successfully with individuals who have disabilities and adjustment problems requires good communication skills, a strong interest in working with others, and the ability to be flexible, to participate in the rehabilitation process as a team member, and strong leadership skills. Core content in the major includes history of rehabilitation services; an introduction to rehabilitation systems, vocational assessment, and related community resources and services; effective interviewing, interpersonal, and helping skills; case management; and knowledge of disabilities. The internship experience provides students with opportunities to apply their knowledge in clinical settings. Students are encouraged to complete a minor or concentration in an area related to their rehabilitation interest.

Standards of Practice for Undergraduate Rehabilitation Services Graduates

  • Understand the social, psychological, economic, physical, medical and environmental problems of people with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of the history, philosophy, legal status, and agencies/facilities of the rehabilitation system, as well as the roles and functions of rehabilitation practitioners.
  • Knowledge of employment services available to people with disabilities.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with people with disabilities and members of the treatment team.
  • Knowledge of community resources available to people with disabilities.
  • The ability to problem solve to assist persons with disabilities in their rehabilitation program and to empower the person with a disability. 
  • Knowledge of ethical principles and decision-making models to facilitate effective delivery of rehabilitation services.
  • (Adapted from Disability and Rehabilitation Studies Self Study of Curriculum Content Areas from the Council on Rehabilitation Education website). 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Employment titles and roles within rehabilitation service programs include: employment specialist, community support worker, admissions counselor, substance abuse worker, vocational evaluator assistant, behavioral and emotional disorder specialist, activities assistant, CAP worker, job coach, and case manager.

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ADVANCEMENT POTENTIAL: Opportunities to work as a rehabilitation counselor, substance abuse counselor, or vocational evaluator are often dependent on obtaining a Master's degree. The Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies Department offers three graduate degrees: Rehabilitation and Career Counseling, Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling, and PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration,  and three graduate certificates: Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Evaluation, and Substance Abuse Counseling. The Rehabilitation Services major and Alcohol and Drug Studies minor provide a bridge to this curriculum.