About the Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Program


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.

How does this program support / enhance the mission of the College; the Strategic Plan of the University?

The college’s mission is to preserve, promote, and improve the health and well-being of populations, communities and individuals. To fulfill this mission, the college fosters collaborations among public health and the health professions in education, research and service. Health professionals from the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health, a public health department, will lead and manage the Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Program. 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. Such legal settings include social security, worker’s compensation, and personal injury.

Additionally, faculty within SBS have a strong research focus on the vocational and rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities within forensic settings. Faculty from this department are currently involved in funded forensic rehabilitation research from the Veterans’ Health Administration and the Foundation for Life Care Planning Research. Finally, department faculty support multiple doctoral students from the Rehabilitation Science program who are conducting research within the forensic rehabilitation arena.

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