Recent trends in Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS) have directed efforts and attention to expanding resources for a variety of clients, including people with disabilities as well as under-served and marginalized populations, and especially those living with mental illness. As the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 continues to be implemented, there will be increased emphasis on services to persons with severe disabilities, as well as on independent living, supported employment, and transitional services.
Students in Rehabilitation and Human Services receive a solid foundation of specialized education in the rehabilitation and human services field. Students engage in coursework that focuses on the psycho-social aspects of disability. Additional coursework will allow students to learn more about culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and diversity. Students will also develop strong interpersonal skills and gain knowledge of holistic wellness and an ecological view of development and human functioning.
Examples of client groups that RHS professionals work with include people with psychological, neurodevelopmental, and/or physical disabilities and chronic illness; survivors of trauma, people experiencing violence; people living in poverty; and people who are homeless. Places of employment for RHS graduates include, but are not limited to:
- Programs for children and youth
- Private non-profit rehabilitation centers
- Mental health agencies
- Private for-profit rehabilitation agencies
- Rehabilitation hospitals
- Alcohol and other drug treatment centers
- Correctional facilities
- Public welfare agencies
- Social service agencies
- Vocational rehabilitation programs
- Programs for older adults