Why study Disability and Developmental Education (Rehabilitation Counselling)?

This degree will equip you with specific work-integrated knowledge and skills that can be applied in a range of disability and related health and human services environments. The course prepares you for employment as community rehabilitation professionals and disability and developmental educators.

On completion of this degree you can be employed as both rehabilitation counsellors and developmental educators and are qualified to work in the field of service provision for people with diverse needs, including developmental and acquired disabilities.

Upon completion of this degree you will be eligible to apply for full membership with the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC) and/or Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australia (RCAA)*, which provides access to career opportunities as a Rehabilitation Counsellor. Developmental Educators are recognised as an allied health profession and on graduation you are eligible for membership with the Developmental Educators Association Inc.

* subject to completion of professional associations' course accreditation process.

What you will study

The course has a multi-disciplinary focus, with contributions from psychology, philosophy, speech pathology, sociology, health, rehabilitation, leisure and special education. Theory and practice are closely integrated throughout the course enabling graduates to be effective practitioners in the field. Consequently, you are required to successfully complete a minimum of four supervised practicum placements throughout the degree.

In addition to core topics in the first three years, in the fourth year you will complete specified rehabilitation counselling topics and two practicum placements in a rehabilitation counselling setting.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education (Rehabilitation Counselling), a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study set out below.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University''s Policy on Student Progress.

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising

 DSRS1201  Perspectives on Disability and Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1202  Lifespan Development  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1206  Health Issues and Disability  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1209  Human Diversity  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1210  Interpersonal and Group Skills  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1211  Introduction to Neurological Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1215  Communication and Language  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1216  Introduction to Principles of Learning  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising

 DSRS2230  Mentoring and Advocacy for People with Diverse Learning Needs  (4.5 units)
 DSRS2231  Augmentative and Alternative Communication  (4.5 units)
 DSRS2232  Practicum A - Disability and Community Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 DSRS2234  Direct Instruction  (4.5 units)
 DSRS2235  Professional Ethics for Disability Practitioners  (4.5 units)
 DSRS2236  Practicum B - Disability and Community Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 DSRS2237  Employment & Disability  (4.5 units)
 DSRS3220  Family & Professional Partnerships  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising

 DSRS2233  Community Development, Funding & Tendering in Human Services  (4.5 units)
 DSRS3221  Positive Behaviour Support  (4.5 units)
 DSRS3222  Counselling  (4.5 units)
 DSRS3233  Practicum C - Disability and Community Rehabilitation  (9 units)
 DSRS3234  Case Management  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3102  Qualitative Methods in Social Health Research  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3105  Quantitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)   

Core - Year 4 topics

18 units comprising:

 DSRS4033  Workers'' and Accident Compensation  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4040  Vocational Assessment, Evaluation and Job Placement  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4100  Rehabilitation and Mental Health  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4108  Applied Counselling & Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units of practicum in a rehabilitation counselling setting, selected from:

 DSRS4106  Practicum Specialisation 1  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4107  Practicum Specialisation 2  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4114  Practicum Specialisation 3  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4115  Practicum Specialisation 4  (4.5 units)

Puls 9 units of electives selected from:

 DSRS4101  Leisure, Arts and Disability  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4102  Technological Applications and Disability  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4103  Community Rehabilitation for People with ABI  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4105  Independent Study 1  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4109  Autism Spectrum Disorders  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4110  Transition to Adult Life for Young People with Disabilities  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4111  Introduction to Intellectual Disability  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4112  Sensory, Physical and Multiple Disabilities  (4.5 units)
 DSRS4113  Independent Study 2  (4.5 units)

Not all fourth year elective topics are necessarily available in each Semester. Students are encouraged to seek enrolment advice from staff in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit when planning their final year enrolment.

Students may, in consultation with the Course Coordinator, select alternative topics as their electives.

Honours Degree

Not offered with this specialisation

Further information

What can I do with my degree?

Course information

Entry requirements and admissions information

Contact Dr Ruth Walker
Undergraduate Course Coordinator

ph: 61 8 8201 7936
fax: 61 8 8201 3646
email: ruth.walker@flinders.edu.au