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:
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.
Not offered with this specialisation
Contact Dr Ruth Walker
Undergraduate Course Coordinator
ph: 61 8 8201 7936
fax: 61 8 8201 3646