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Types of Related Health Care Counselors

Rehabilitation Counselors

Rehab Counselors help individuals with disabilities live independently and be more connected to the community. Disabilities include physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional.

Their work includes but is not limited to:

  • helping you get back to work after injury
  • helping you make adjustments following a disability
  • coordinating your care among different health professionals such as medical doctors, physio’s, kinesiologists etc.
  • conducting an analysis of the job site in preparation for a return to work
  • career (vocational) counselling
  • assisting your family in accessing services and providing care

Certified Clinical Counselors

The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) sets the standard for quality rehabilitation counseling services in the U.S. and Canada. To find a counselor in your area click the appropriate link below:

CRC Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (USA)

CRC-CS Clinical Supervisors (USA)

CRC-MAC Master Addictions Counselors (USA)

CCRC Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellors

Standards for the Designation

1. Level of Education – Master’s Degree required.
2. Supervised Experience – 600 hours
3. Regulation – Non–Legislated Designation, Self-Regulating.
4. Ethical Code - Yes
5. Complaint Process Available – Yes
6. Continuing Education Required – Yes. Renewal every 5 years.

For more detailed information go to Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification

RRP – Registered Rehabilitation Counsellor

This is our Canadian home-grown designation; a members driven organization essentially set up to promote the profile of a rehab counsellor. A qualified counsellor may apply to the Canadian Association for Rehabilitation Professionals for this title but there is no consumer protection beyond this. You’ll notice that some counsellors have both RRP and CCRC.

Standards for the Designation

1. Level of Education – Undergrad Degree Required.
2. Supervised Experience – None, however 2 years of work related experience are required.
3. Regulation – Non-Legislated Designation, Self-Promoting.
4. Ethical Code – Yes.
5. Complaint Process – Unknown as far as we know.
6. Continuing Education Required – Yes. 100 units every 5 years

For more detailed information go to Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Counsellors

Language Differences

You'll notice that on this page we use both counselor and counsellor. This reflects the different spellings in USA and Canada.

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