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Perceived Career Impacts From Specialized Instruction in Cognitive Disabilities: A Phenomenological Study

Perceived Career Impacts From Specialized Instruction in Cognitive Disabilities: A... Purpose Focused instruction in cognitive disabilities addresses a need for training with populations growing in prevalence and public awareness in the United States. This is especially relevant in rehabilitation counseling given the poor employment outcomes found among persons with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and acquired brain injury. This study focused on the perceived career impacts of participation in a Cognitive Disabilities Certificate (CDC) specialization program. Method A total of 33 graduates of a CDC program were asked to reflect on the career impacts of their specialized training in cognitive disabilities. Results were examined through phenomenological qualitative data analysis. Results Findings suggest participants had specific motivations for joining the CDC. Participants were able to achieve the goals set forth when applying such as skill development and expanding career options. Participants were able to achieve career outcomes they directly attributed to their CDC training. Conclusions Providing students with an opportunity to specialize in an area of professional and personal interest not only enhanced their rehabilitation counseling training, it benefited their careers and clients. Implications for rehabilitation counselor education are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education Springer Publishing

Perceived Career Impacts From Specialized Instruction in Cognitive Disabilities: A Phenomenological Study

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Springer Publishing
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© 2021 Springer Publishing Company
ISSN
2168-6653
eISSN
2168-6661
DOI
10.1891/re-19-34
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Abstract

Purpose Focused instruction in cognitive disabilities addresses a need for training with populations growing in prevalence and public awareness in the United States. This is especially relevant in rehabilitation counseling given the poor employment outcomes found among persons with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and acquired brain injury. This study focused on the perceived career impacts of participation in a Cognitive Disabilities Certificate (CDC) specialization program. Method A total of 33 graduates of a CDC program were asked to reflect on the career impacts of their specialized training in cognitive disabilities. Results were examined through phenomenological qualitative data analysis. Results Findings suggest participants had specific motivations for joining the CDC. Participants were able to achieve the goals set forth when applying such as skill development and expanding career options. Participants were able to achieve career outcomes they directly attributed to their CDC training. Conclusions Providing students with an opportunity to specialize in an area of professional and personal interest not only enhanced their rehabilitation counseling training, it benefited their careers and clients. Implications for rehabilitation counselor education are discussed.

Journal

Rehabilitation Research, Policy and EducationSpringer Publishing

Published: Dec 10, 2020

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