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The Scope of Practice Statement identifies knowledge and skills required for the provision of effective rehabilitation counselling services to persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities as embodied in the standards of the profession's credentialing organizations.
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 counseling.
The field of rehabilitation counselling is a specialty within the rehabilitation profession with counselling at its core, and is differentiated from other related counseling fields.
The professional scope of rehabilitation counselling practice is also differentiated from an individual scope of practice, which may overlap, but is more specialized 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.