School of Education and Human Development

Rehabilitation Counseling Students Present at National Conference

Liz and Toni

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.