Forensic Rehabilitation

Degree Type

Graduate Certificate

About

Get ready to officially put all your courses and clinic hours to work as a forensic counselor.

Introduction

The program offers a collaborative multidisciplinary approach, making it ideal for counselors in private practice, mental health, drug/alcohol and vocational rehabilitation counselors and supervisors, directors of rehabilitation agencies and vocational experts.

Counselors seeking additional education required for certification also benefit from this program.

Coppin’s program in forensic rehabilitation counseling is a new one and only offered by two other universities nationally.

Program Status

The Forensic Rehabilitation certificate is in review for approval.

Program and Course Objectives

  • Learn about the role that counselors provide within the legal system;
  • Gain expertise in the ethical standards expected of expert witnesses;
  • Learn about the processes followed within legal cases when testifying on one’s expert opinion; and
  • Gain an understanding of the business aspects of a forensic counselor’s work that provides success in this area of specialization.

Program Courses

Students who have earned the M.ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Coppin State University are eligible for this post-master's certificate, and must take the following courses.

Courses for Rehabilitation Counseling Graduates

Course Credits Name
REHB 602 3 Foundations of Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling I
REHB 603 3

Foundations of Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling II

REHB 604 3 Law and the Forensic Rehabilitation Consultant
REHB 605 3 Orientation to Forensic Vocational Practice

Course Descriptions

Provides the student with an understanding of the purpose of forensic rehabilitation, vocational expert practice, and the reasons for referral of individuals for services. Additionally the course gives insight as to the roles and functions of professionals who provide forensic rehabilitation services in matters of litigation i.e. Workers’ compensation, personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, and others; a review of forensic interviews, the use of vocational assessments, labor market issues, job analysis and transferable skills analysis utilized in forensic rehabilitation.

A continuation of topics covered in workers’ compensation, social security, and personal injury as it relates to the socioeconomic impact of acquired disabilities on individuals and their families. Estates and data sources, models for determining costs of lost earnings, fringe benefits, home service, and life care planning needs will also be covered. Students will build and complete a complete assessment, using a valid assessment tool.

Provides the student with an understanding of the purpose of forensic rehabilitation, vocational expert practice, and the reasons for referral of individuals for services. Additionally, this course covers legal terminology, procedures, precedents, and venues applying to forensic rehabilitation consultation. It will also cover case law as it apply to ethical practices, admissibility, rules of evidence (Rule 702), discovery, deposition and trial testimony, direct/cross examination, case research, and details of other areas of litigation requiring rehabilitation opinions and consultation will be.

Provides the student with an understanding of the purpose of forensic rehabilitation, vocational expert practice, and the reasons for referral of individuals for services. Additionally, this course will cover areas of practice opportunity such as social security, marital dissolution, personal injury, workers' compensation and introduction to forensic report writing. An overview of ethical standards, practices, common situations found in the litigation process, and business aspects of establishing a professional practice.

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College

The post-master's certificate in Forensic Rehabilitation is in the Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Behavioral Health in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.