Elizabeth Nitzel and Toni Carter, two graduate students in the Rehabilitation Counseling program, presented at a national conference in Washington DC on "VR Online in Rehabilitation Counseling Preparation: An Integrative Pilot Initiative." These two impressive students presented along with USM Coordinator of Rehabilitation Counseling Charles Bernacchio and Wright State Professor Josephine F. Wilson. They received a wonderful response to the presentation and were approached by the editor of the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling to submit a manuscript on this pilot for publishing in a special issue on Telerehabilitation!
The session was titled: VR Online in Rehabilitation Counseling Preparation: An Integrative Pilot Initiative
Description of the session: This collaboration involves VR Online research at Wright State (WSU) and the VRC LT-Training Project at Southern Maine (USM). The NIDILRR- funded VR Online research team developed/piloted online resources for VR consumers and counselors using an online portal for VR counselors to meet consumers via teleconference. The RSA-funded VRC project prepares/trains state VRCs to increase/place qualified VRCs throughout rural, northern New England to address trained VRC shortages in state DVRs and community rehabilitation providers. The WSU & USM partnership provides training/TA to VRC cohorts during internships. Data on use of VR Online during VRC preparation will be evaluated for use of tele-rehabilitation within graduate level preparation examining risks/benefits to VR service delivery vs VRC using a portal in practice.