Rehabilitation Psychology

A rehabilitation psychologist works with stroke and accident victims, mentally retarded individuals, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism. Helps clients adapt to their situations. Deals with issues of personal adjustment, interpersonal relations, pain management and working. May become involved in public health programs to prevent disabilities, and may testify in court about the effects of a disability and a person's rehabilitation needs. Those that match jobs to patient's desires, aptitudes, and physical, mental, or emotional limitations and arrange for training may be deemed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. To be a rehabilitation psychologist, usually requires a doctorate degree.