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ERIC Number: EJ1143441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2168-6653
Making the Case for Specialized Caseloads among Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Working with Ex-Offenders: A Pilot Study
Bates-Maves, Julie K.; O'Sullivan, Deirdre
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, v31 n2 p121-134 2017
Purpose: This article outlines findings from a sample of 137 vocational rehabilitation counselors regarding their stigmatizing attitudes, burnout levels, work experience, caseload composition, and working alliance with clients who have a range of disabilities and a criminal history. Method: Electronic surveys were sent to vocational rehabilitation counselors in 3 states who met the following criteria: counselors with a master's degree, counselors with diverse and active caseloads, and counselors from geographically diverse states. Data were analyzed using 2-tailed correlation analysis and subsequent regression analysis. Results: VR counselors with more ex-offenders on their caseloads did not have higher stigma or burnout but, surprisingly, did have stronger working alliance. Conclusion: Findings support further research to confirm if specialized caseloads comprised of clients with criminal histories enhance working alliances among VR counselors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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