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Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling

 Introduction

University of Education Established in 2003, the Graduate Institute for Rehabilitation Counseling of the University is the first local institute that aims to cultivate the development of rehabilitation counseling professionals. Responding to national developments in law and to the need for persons with with disabilities to have personal mastery over their own lives, education and career, this institute was created to provide training and academic research that will enable professionals to increase their expertise, upgrade their service quality, as well as promote equal rights and social opportunities for people with disabilities.

The institute was formed through the promotion and efforts of faculty from the school’s Special Education Department. Based on long-term efforts in rehabilitation counseling and in the field of special education, the faculty have a thorough understanding of the issues and service problems confronting people with disabilities domestically and internationally. After continuous evaluation and careful investigation, they decided to establish the Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling capitalizing on current faculty’ resources and research achievements to accomplish the multiple goals of talent cultivation, academic research and social responsibility. Furthermore, a doctoral level classes will be added depending on future needs.

 Mission and Core Values of the Institute

"Rehabilitation Counseling" is aimed at helping people with disabilities to understand their potential and remove barriers. By promoting the effective use of personal and environmental resources, and assisting disabled persons to adapt to their careers, professions and communities, the purpose of achieving full social participation for people with disabilities in work and living within the community is achieved.

In view of these objectives, the institute is focused on the following missions: (1) To advocate for equal rights of people with disabilities to fully participate in the society; (2) To cultivate excellence in providing relevant service and developing research professionals; as well as (3) promoting the development of rehabilitation counseling. The core values that govern the institute in delivering professional service to the disabled are: (1) advocacy for fundamental human rights of people with disabilities; (2) the concept of service to people with disabilities within a holistic perspective; (3) the quality of professional service to people with disabilities.

 Characteristics and Advantages of the Institute

(1) This is the first Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling in Taiwan, and it has great influence in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling in middle-southern Taiwan.
(2) It is the first Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling and the only one that employs U.S. certified rehabilitation counseling (CRC) faculty.
(3) The institute contracts with the Workforce Development Agency (Ministry of Labor) to manage the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Resources Center for Individuals with Disabilities in Taichung-Changhua-Nantou, one of only five National Vocational Rehabilitation Services Resources Centers in Taiwan.
(4) The first Behavior Guidance Research Development Center is located in the institute and features an internationally accredited sequence of courses on applied behavioral analysis.
(5) The institute promotes respect and appreciation of diverse ideas, creates a warm and supportive learning environment, and encourages students with disabilities to learn and value the different educational backgrounds of other students as well as their developmental needs.
(6) All full-time and part-time teachers in this institute have Ph.D. degrees and are positively involved in various inter-department or inter-school academic research as well as extended academic research service for other educational institutions. Students have opportunities to participate in research and in learning substantive programs.
(7) The courses of this institute emphasize on the combination of theories and practice, providing students many opportunities to train in various service programs affiliated with the institute. These include The Vocational Rehabilitation Services Resources Center for Individuals with Disabilities in Taichung-Changhua-Nantou which is entrusted to our school by the Workforce Development Agency (Ministry of Labor), the Behavior Counseling Research Development Center, as well as local service agencies for adult people with disabilities, public employment service center, high schools, colleges and hospitals.
(8) The institute actively participates in international academic activities. It cooperates with well-known universities in the United States and Australia, and holds annual or biennial international academic exchange activities. Also, the students have access to scholarships that enable them to take refresher courses abroad. Our program is also the member of the Pan Asia-Pacific Rehabilitation Counseling Alliances which have been established in 2018.

 The Educational Objectives of the Institute Include:

(A) Cultivation of excellent professionals in the field of rehabilitation counseling for people with disabilities.
       According to the “Recruitment and Training Guidelines of Service Professionals for People with disabilities in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation”, the institute focuses on cultivating employment service personnel and supervisors in vocational assessment, vocational rehabilitation case management and employment services. The institute also plays an active role in the development of rehabilitation counseling professionals who aid in the psychological rehabilitation, career counseling and applied behavioral treatment of people with disabilities.

(B) Developing and promoting academic research and service in the field of rehabilitation counseling with the following specific practices:       
       (1) establishment of college courses that promote and spread the concept of rehabilitation counseling within the campus; (2) construct a central resource network for training and counseling activities of professionals as well as practical research and collaboration in the area of vocational rehabilitation of people with disabilities; (3) collaborating with government and non-government agencies in the development and promotion of relevant programs.

 The institute’s curriculum planning and students’ career prospects

Curriculum Planning:
       The courses in this institute cover six areas, namely: (1) the study of rehabilitation counseling and statistics; (2) rehabilitation counseling theory and research; (3) basic psychology of rehabilitation counseling and advanced studies; (4) rehabilitation counseling and guidance; (5) evaluation of rehabilitation counseling; (6) application and social welfare of rehabilitation counseling.

Career Prospect:
       (1) For those who want to pursue further studies in related fields (i.e. PhD), we provide courses in psychology, counseling practicum and fundamental research; (2) For those interested in vocational rehabilitation, we provide rigorous trainings in vocational rehabilitation for the disabled, career counseling, along with social and psychological adaptability, thus enabling them to meet the professional requirements in terms of supervision, vocational assessment and employment service; (3) For those interested in behavioral theory, behavioral therapy and treatment of emotion-related problems or in handling people with autism, we provide complete training courses as well as applied behavioral analysis certification; (4) We provide knowledge and training that transform and benefit people with disabilities. We also effectively enhance the professional knowledge as well as capacity of faculty and rehabilitation counseling staff in assisting disabled students with their psychological and social adaptability, as well as career development.

The Status Quo and Future Prospects of the Institute

Located in the central region, this major Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling is a first-class institution in the country of Taiwan. It has conducted various research studies with famous scholars from foreign universities in the field of rehabilitation counseling. Planning is underway to build the only Applied Behavioral Treatment, Education and Research Center in the country. In addition, the institute has initiated a journal (2007) of “Rehabilitation Counseling” in cooperation with the Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling of the National Taiwan Normal University, the Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling of Kaohsiung Normal University and the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Taiwan. In the future, the institute aims to achieve its objectives of promoting local rehabilitation consultants certification, advocating the equal rights of people with disabilities to fully participate in social activities and promoting the development of profession in rehabilitation counseling.

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