!!!The Forensic Rehabilitation Program is not accepting applications at this time.
On July 8, 2009, we received word that the "Graduate Certificate Program in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation" was officially approved by the Chancellor’s Office of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) System.
This milestone culminates 8 years of formal work designed to produce the first, and currently the only, program in the U.S. or entire world, in this highly specialized, demanding and rewarding area of professional rehabilitation practice.
The program will officially begin with the start of Fall Semester 2009-2010 (classes begin the week of August 24-28, 2009). Steps for gaining admission to the program and to the College of Graduate Studies and Research are discussed or linked to other locations, further on in this webpage.
Five courses are required for completion of the graduate certificate program in this specialized area of professional rehabilitation practice. These courses were added to the list of graduate offerings available through the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at MSU, Mankato, at the start of the 2007-2008 academic year.
Each of these courses focus on diverse areas of practice relevant to forensic vocational rehabilitation, which are not covered within CORE–accredited Master's degree programs in Rehabilitation Counseling. Our forensic courses are aimed at meeting the educational needs of graduate-trained rehabilitation professionals who have or wish to provide expert testimony and/or litigation support services in an expanding range of forensic venues, which include: personal injury, Worker’s Compensation (state and Federal, including railroad and maritime), Social Security disability determination, wrongful death, employment discrimination, catastrophic injury (which may include the addressing of long-term functional needs of injured parties by means of development and implementation of a Life Care Plan), wrongful death of an adult or child, and others.
Individual courses in forensic vocational rehabilitation are being provided through web-based (online) delivery, currently through use of the Desire2Learn (D2L) instructional management platform adopted by the Minnesota State system, and other multimedia delivery technologies. These technologies include both real-time (synchronous) and virtual (asynchronous) delivery methods, including teleconferencing or web conferencing, threaded discussions, e-mail, video-streaming, and other formats.
The forensic vocational rehabilitation courses required for completion of the certificate program are listed below, by academic term as they are currently scheduled: (Note: The linked syllabi for the courses listed below serve as examples only. Content will generally be similar, but some details may be changed during any particular academic term).
Fall Semester 2009
REHB 672 01 Law and the Forensic Rehabilitation Consultant (3 crs.)(White)
Spring Semester 2010
Classes begin the week of January 11-15, 2010. Registration begins early November 2009.
The following courses are being offered during Spring 2010 term (sample syllabi for courses are downloadable by clicking on the course title):
REHB 674 01 Socioeconomic Costs of Acquired Disability (3 crs.)(Barrett, Deneen & Dinneen)
REHB 676 01 Case Analysis and Opinion Development (3 crs.)(Schneck)
REHB 670 & REHB 676:
Students enrolling for REHB 670 and REHB 676 during Spring Semester 2010, should order their textbooks directly from the publisher, Elliott & Fitzpatrick, indicating the university at which they will be taking the course(s), along with the specific course number(s) and title(s), in order to receive the 10% student discount. Orders must be paid at the time that they are placed.
Textbooks available through Elliott & Fitzpatrick for these courses are as follows:
REHB 670 Foundations of Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Consultation
Havranak, J. (2007). Advanced issues in forensic rehabilitation. (2 Vols.). Athens, GA: Elliott & Fitzpatrick, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-4243-0718-0
REHB 676 Case Analysis and Opinion Development
Field, Timothy & Choppa, Anthony. (2005). Admissible testimony: A content analysis of selected cases involving vocational experts with a revised clinical model for developing opinion. Athens, GA: Elliott & Fitzpatrick, Inc. ISBN: 0-945019-97-1.
Field, Timothy & Stein, David, et. al. (2002). Scientific vs. non-scientific and related issues of admissibility of testimony by rehabilitation consultants. Athens, GA: Elliott & Fitzpatrick, Inc. ISBN: 0-945019-84-X.
The Carib Group. (1998). Forensic casebook: vocational and economic reports. Athens, GA: Elliott & Fitzpatrick, Inc. ISBN: 0-945019-65-3.
REHB 674 Socioeconomic Costs of Acquired Disability
Students taking REHB 674 Socioeconomic Costs of Acquired Disability must order their textbook directly from James Publishing. A 50% student discount will be provided once you prepay for your text when ordering from James Publishing. In order to receive the student discount for this text, you must contact Ann Stanley (1-800-440-4780) and pay at the time of placing your order, after which your text will be direct shipped to you. You will need to provide Ms. Stanley with the university name, course number and title, and the specific textbook information, in order to secure the discount. The textbook that will be used is as follows:
The course textbook that will be used is:
Martin, Gerald. (2009 Revision). Determining economic damages. (Includes CD-ROM reference disk). Costa Mesa, CA: James Publishing. (3-ring binder). ISBN: 0-938065-41-6. This text is also updated annually by the publisher at additional annual charge (updating is optional).
Fall Semester 2010
(Note:Classes begin late August, 2010; Registration begins mid-April 2010)
REHB 670 Foundations of Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Consultation (3 crs.)
REHB 672 Law and the Forensic Rehabilitation Consultant (3 crs.)
REHB 678 Presenting Rehabilitation Opinion: Case Simulation* (3 crs.)
Please note that the REHB 678 course includes 2-3 day face-to-face “moot trial” experience to be held in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. It is planned that students in the graduate certificate program will work with upper-division law students on a variety of simulated cases. Students will present opinions before practicing judges and juries, made up of members of the community, being examined and cross-examined by law students serving as plaintiff and defense attorneys.
The faculty members involved in development and conduct of this course believe that it will be the first time that law students will be exposed to working with forensic experts prior to graduation from law school and entering practice, particularly using the case simulation/”moot court” model to be implemented for the program.
Note: More information regarding this cross-disciplinary course offering will be provided over the next year, as progress is made in developing the course.
*Participation in this course requires completion of REHB 670, 672, 674, 676; permission of the instructor; and full admission to the certificate program.
Spring Semester 2011
REHB 674 Socioeconomic Costs of Acquired Disability (3 crs.)
REHB 676 Case Analysis and Opinion Development (3 crs.)
Full descriptions of each of the courses listed above, are included in the current Graduate Bulletin listing for the Rehabilitation Counseling program. If you click on the highlighted link for the bulletin, you will be taken directly to the relevant webpage listing for the graduate programs and courses offered by the Rehabilitation Counseling program.
Clicking on the course titles that may be highlighted above will link you with full-text copies of sample syllabi for the respective course. For anyone enrolling in these courses, be certain to review the current syllabus for the course, which will be e-mailed or forwarded to those who enroll. Forwarding of all materials will take place prior to the start of classes. Required texts and means of obtaining them, schedule of class meetings, and other course-specific information, will be included with the materials that will be forwarded to registered students.
Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling and
Coordinator, Graduate Certificate Program in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation