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Mission and Objectives

Rehabilitation counseling is a systematic process that assists persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and addiction-based disabilities in achieving their personal, career, and independent living goals through counseling activities. Rehabilitation counselors help individuals deal with personal, interpersonal, and societal problems, plan careers, and find and maintain desired employment. Rehabilitation Counselors work with individuals, family members, organizations, and advocacy groups that address the environmental and social barriers that create obstacles for people with disabilities. They also collaborate with physicians, psychologists, therapists, educators, employers and others in assisting individuals with disabilities in pursuing their vocational and independent living goals.
In keeping with the overall purpose and function of the rehabilitation counseling profession, the Mission of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine is to enhance the quality of life of persons who have physical or mental disabilities, including addictions, or who are disadvantaged by cultural differences and educational and economic impoverishment, through educational, scholarly, and service activities.
We accomplish this through the following objectives:

  • The provision of high quality professional education that includes classroom learning, field experiences, and other applied learning opportunities to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful, effective, and responsible participation in a changing state and national rehabilitation environment.
  • Through research and scholarship activities, the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the effects of disability on the lives of persons with disabilities, the effectiveness of programs and services for people with disabilities, and the role of individuals with disabilities in society, the workplace, and the world.
  • The provision of consultation and training to agencies and programs to enhance the abilities of their personnel serving disabled and disadvantaged persons in South Carolina and throughout the southeast.
  • The provision of rehabilitation services while offering students the opportunity for hands-on learning under the supervision of qualified, experienced professionals.
  • An active demonstration of respect for cultural and individual diversity in areas of education, scholarship, and service.