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ERIC Number: EJ1177914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2168-6653
Assistive Technology in Pre-Service Rehabilitation Counselor Education: A New Approach to Team Collaboration
Connor, Annemarie; Kuo, Hung-Jen; Leahy, Michael J.
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, v32 n1 p20-37 2018
Purpose: Recognizing a perceived lack of assistive technology/adaptive equipment (AT/AE) competence on the part of counselors and educators (Kuo, 2013), this article provides an overview of assistive technology concepts and accreditation standards, and introduces a training model intended to improve rehabilitation counselor readiness to address client AT/AE needs. Method: Drawing on the extant literature, professional scopes of practice, and interdisciplinary clinical experience, the authors conceptualize AT/AE service delivery along a biopsychosocial continuum. Results: The resultant model of AT/AE team collaboration can be taught by counselor educators and understood by students without specialty certification or pre-existing knowledge of AT. The model spans the continuum of care from medical to psychosocial, details the roles of rehabilitation disciplines, and offers a pedagogical tool for infusing AT concepts across the curriculum. Conclusion: Ultimately, this article advocates for increased rehabilitation counselor engagement and entry-level competence in addressing the psychosocial aspects of AT/AE. Future research should be conducted to validate the constructs of this model.
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Language: English
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