1 x 50-minute lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 8-hour independent study weekly
1 22.5 Units in DSRS3 topics
2 Admission into BDDERC-Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education (Rehab Counselling)
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Assumed knowledge
Basic counselling & case management theory and practice; demonstrated understanding of a broad range of disability-related issues; conceptual understanding of the labour market, career development and factors influencing employment participation by people living with disability and disadvantage.
Assignment(s); Tutorial participation
Topic description

This topic builds on the theory and practice of career and vocational development introduced in DSRS2237 Employment, DSRS3222 Counselling and DSRS3234 Case Management. The focus is vocational evaluation, counselling and planning; awareness of and practical application of vocational assessment tools; completion of job, worksite and labour market analyses and reports; job matching and placement, and post-placement support.

Educational aims

This topic focuses on the theory and practice of vocational evaluation, assessment, counselling and planning skills that are applicable in a range of vocational rehabilitation service settings, with an emphasis on gaining:

  • An understanding of the knowledge and skills required to facilitate the central roles, functions and stages of the vocational rehabilitation process from client and employer perspectives
  • An awareness of and ability to apply vocational assessment tools and techniques to facilitate the determination of achievable vocational goals
  • An understanding of ethical and professional issues associated with the vocational rehabilitation process
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the vocational rehabilitation process and tools available to facilitate each stage
  2. Demonstrate increased awareness of factors affecting the current and future labour market, and of the impact of injury and disability on career development and opportunities for sustained employment participation
  3. Demonstrate an enhanced awareness of and capacity to vocational assessment tools and counselling, planning and report-writing skills to the vocational rehabilitation process, from determining transferable skills and conducting job analyses, to placement and post-placement support
  4. Work individually and with team members to assist clients and employers to formulate specific goals related to their needs
  5. Demonstrate an increased awareness of and ability to apply counselling and case management knowledge and skills to the vocational rehabilitation process
  6. Describe the importance of ethical, professional and self-care issues in effective maintenance of human service roles in vocational rehabilitation
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to facilitating your own and peers' learning through involvement in individual and team-related activities associated with participation in this topic