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2015 ARCA Student and Special Awards

September 9th, 2014

Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year

The 2015 ARCA Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has contributed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities, and in doing so, has made a substantial contribution to the practice of rehabilitation counseling.

Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Candidate has made a significant contribution to the field of rehabilitation counseling and has improved the quality of life for persons with disabilities
  • Candidate has been highly recognized by professional peers and colleagues for exemplary efforts in working with persons with disabilities in a public or private rehabilitation setting
  • Candidate has demonstrated use of innovative techniques that have practical application for achieving positive and successful rehabilitation outcomes with clients and consumers
  • Candidate has documented a distinguished record of initiating, motivating, leading, and coordinating activities related to a professional counseling association that focuses on persons with disabilities

Vision Award

The 2015 ARCA Vision Award recognizes an essay written by a student member of ARCA that best expresses the theme:

What unique contribution or innovation does the interaction or synergy between the specialty of rehabilitation counseling and the profession of counseling provide?

Essay submissions may be traditional or use alternative format such as Photovoice that presents the student’s original thoughts on the specific contribution or innovation, informed by the knowledge base and scholarship in the field; but not a report of a research paper or review of the literature per se, nor an opinion piece.

In addition to being recognized at the annual ARCA Reception, the winning essay will be published in the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin and the author will receive a $1,000 award.

For Both Special Awards:

Nominations must be emailed to Dr. Jamie Schutte at

Deadline for nominations is Friday, November 7, 2014.

ARCA Student Awards

The 2015 ARCA Student of the Year Awards recognizes students for their outstanding contributions, academic achievements, and commitment to the rehabilitation counseling profession.

Candidates must be in good standing at their University and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Involvement in professional organizations, campus activities, and the graduate community
  • Contribution to knowledge through research, teaching, and scholarship
  • Contribution to the graduate community

In order to be considered, students must be nominated by a faculty member.  A completed nomination packet consists of the following:

  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Candidate’s Transcript
  • Letters of support
    • One from an academic faculty member at the candidate’s University
    • One from an individual who has personal knowledge of the candidate’s character and involvement in the field of rehabilitation counseling

Master’s Student of the Year

Candidates must be current students who are in their 2nd year or beyond.

Doctoral Student of the Year

Candidates must be current doctoral students.

For Both Student Awards:

Nominations must be emailed to Dr. Jamie Schutte at

Deadline for nominations is Friday, November 7, 2014.

2015 ARCA Research Awards – Nominate Today!

September 8th, 2014

Nominate Today!

2015 ARCA Research Awards

Nominations are now being sought for the 2015 American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) Research Awards, which recognizes and honors high quality, research in the field of rehabilitation counseling. Research published in peer-reviewed outlets in the 2014 calendar year, or publications not yet available prior to last year’s call for nominations will be considered.

Nominations must be emailed to and must include a full APA reference of the publication, and an electronic copy, link, or pdf file of the complete research article/work.  Deadline for nominations is Friday, November 7, 2014.

 2015 James F. Garrett

Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research Award

Nominations are being sought for the 2015 James F. Garrett Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research, which recognizes excellence in research contributions over one’s career. The nominee may or may not be retired in order to qualify. Nominee’s published research should span at least 15 years and focus on rehabilitation counseling.  Nominations should include supportive evidence for the nominee, e.g., letters, samples, vitae.

Please send nominations by Friday, November 7, 2014.  Electronic (email) nominations preferred, however hard copy nominations will be accepted if postmarked prior to November 7, 2014.  Keith B. Wilson, Ph.D., CRC, Dean and Professor, College of Education and Human Services, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Mail Code 4624, 625 Wham Drive, Carbondale, Il 62901. (Phone) 618-453-7313 or (fax) 618-453-1646.

Welcome to ARCA

February 6th, 2013

ARCA is an organization of rehabilitation counseling practitioners, educators, and students who are concerned with improving the lives of people with disabilities. Rehabilitation Counselors are counselors with specialized training and expertise in providing counseling and other services to persons with disability.

Its mission is to enhance the development of people with disabilities throughout their life span and to promote excellence in the rehabilitation counseling profession.

ARCA’s goal is to provide the type of leadership that encourages excellence in the areas of rehabilitation counseling practice, research, consultation, and professional development. ARCA is equally interested in eliminating environmental and attitudinal barriers so that more opportunities are available with regard to education, employment, and community activities to people with disabilities. These goals are addressed by ARCA through public education and legislative activities.

One of ARCA’s primary goals is to increase public awareness of rehabilitation counseling and to extend its influence by encouraging members to become involved in the association’s outreach and educational efforts. Other goals are to help members develop their leadership skills through participation in ARCA’s organizational activities and to work with state officials to develop appropriate licensure requirements.

Scope of Practice for Rehabilitation Counseling

I. Assumptions
• The Scope of Practice Statement identifies knowledge and skills required for the provision of effective rehabilitation counseling services to persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities as embodied in the standards of the profession’s credentialing organizations.
• The several rehabilitation disciplines and related processes (e.g., vocational evaluation, job development and job placement, work adjustment, case management) are tied to the central field of rehabilitation profession with counseling as its core, and is differentiated from other related counseling fields.
• The professional scope of rehabilitation counseling practice is also differentiated from an individual scope of practice, which may overlap, but is more specializing than the professional scope. An individual scope of practice is based on one’s own knowledge of the abilities and skills that have been gained through a program of education and professional experience. A person is ethically bound to limit his/her practice to that individual scope of practice.

II. Underlying Values
• Facilitation of independence, integration, and inclusion of people with disabilities in employment and the community.
• Belief in the dignity and worth of all people.
• Commitment to a sense of equal justice based on a model of accommodation to provide and equalize the opportunities to participate in all rights and privileges available to all people; and a commitment to supporting persons with disabilities in advocacy activities to achieve this status and empower themselves.
• Emphasis on the holistic nature of human function which is procedurally facilitated by the utilization of such techniques as:
1. interdisciplinary teamwork.
2. counseling to assist in maintaining a holistic perspective.
3. a commitment to considering individuals within the context of their family systems and communities.
4. recognition of the importance of focusing on the assets of the person.
5. commitment to models of service delivery that emphasize integrated, comprehensive services which are mutually planned by the consumer and the rehabilitation counselor.

III. Scope of Practice Statement
Rehabilitation counseling is a systematic process which assists persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals in the most integrated settings possible through the application of the counseling process. The counseling process involves communication, goal setting, and beneficial growth or change through self-advocacy, psychological, vocational, social, and behavioral interventions. The specific techniques and modalities utilized within this rehabilitation counseling process may include, but are not limited to:
• assessment and appraisal;
• diagnosis and treatment planning;
• career (vocational) counseling;
• individual and group counseling treatment interventions focused on facilitating adjustments to the medical and psychosocial impact of disability;
• case management, referral, and service coordination;
• program evaluation and research;
• interventions to remove environmental, employment, and attitudinal barriers;
• consultation service among multiple parties and regulatory systems;
• job analysis, job development, and placement services, including assistance with employment and job accommodations; and
• the provision of consultation about access to rehabilitation technology.

ARCA Special Program – Understand Rehabilitation Counseling

July 2nd, 2013

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ARCA Position on Counselor Education Accreditation

November 8th, 2012

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NRA ED Position Announcement

June 11th, 2013









New Governance Structure for CRCC

April 10th, 2013


The CRCC Board of Directors has approved a new CRCC governance structure, effective July 1, 2013. The new structure follows a constituency-competency governance model that supports the achievement of CRCC’s strategic vision by reflecting a more diverse representation on the CRCC Board that is more inclusive of all CRCC constituents.

For full details, click here.

2013 ARCA/ORA Professional Development Institute

February 7th, 2013






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