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Citation:  O’Sullivan, D.; Watts, J.R.; & Strauser, D.R. (2019). Trauma-sensitive rehabilitation counseling: Paradigms and principles. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 51 (3), 299-312.
Title:  Trauma-sensitive rehabilitation counseling: Paradigms and principles
Authors:  O’Sullivan, D.; Watts, J.R.; & Strauser, D.R.
Year:  2019
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  Individuals with disabilities are more likely to have experienced trauma over the course of the lifespan, however, these experiences and their impact on individual functioning have yet to be fully recognized within rehabilitation counseling practice, research, and education.
Purpose:  The following manuscript outlines trauma-informed principles related to rehabilitation service provision.
Data collection and analysis:  An overview of relevant theories that may be unfamiliar to rehabilitation professionals is included, as well as recommended assessment tools for use in practice and research.
Conclusions:  By employing specific tenants of trauma-informed care, infused with traditional rehabilitation practice, rehabilitation counselors are in a unique position to comprehensively address consumers’ needs and ultimately foster more constructive outcomes.

Disabilities served:  Autism / ASD
Cognitive / intellectual impairment
Developmental disabilities
Multiple sclerosis
Spinal cord injury (SCI)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Severe physical disability
Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Persons with multiple disabilities (e.g., deaf-blindness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse)
SSI and SSDI recipients
Interventions:  Rehabilitation counseling
Transition services