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Page address: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/rehabilitation/forensics/

 

!!!The Forensic Rehabilitation Program is not accepting applications at this time.

Graduate Certificate Program in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation

 

Curriculum Information

Course Offerings: 2009-2010

Course Offerings: 2010-2011

Tuition & Fee Information

Applying for Admission to Program

Applying to Take Courses Only

Registering for Classes & Other Tasks

Class Size & Additional Sections

Gainful Employment Program Information

For Further Information

 

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.

 

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Curriculum Information

 

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).

 

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2009-2010 ACADEMIC YEAR

 

Fall Semester 2009

 

 

REHB 670 01 Foundations of Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Consultation (3 crs.)(Schneck)

 

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 670 01 Foundations of Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Consultation (3 crs.)(Schneck)

 

REHB 674 01 Socioeconomic Costs of Acquired Disability (3 crs.)(Barrett, Deneen & Dinneen)

 

REHB 676 01 Case Analysis and Opinion Development (3 crs.)(Schneck)

 

 

Course Textbooks:

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).

 

 

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2010-2011 Academic Year

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.

 

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Tuition & Fees

The following cost estimates are based upon tuition and fee rates recently approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) System for the Fall, Spring and Summer of the 2009-2010 academic calendar year:
Regular Graduate Tuition
Minnesota Resident:  $ 298.00/graduate credit hour or
Students from States or Provinces with Existing Minnesota Reciprocity: Rate as agreed upon for each specified state or Canadian Province.
Non-Minnesota Residents (from states or provinces without reciprocity agreements) are eligible to apply for “100% Online” tuition rates. The “100% Online” tuition is not automatically awarded, but is based upon the student only taking “online” courses from the university during a specific academic term, and having completed the online request for granting of “100% Online” tuition Waiver.
 
Tuition Differential: Certificate Program

 

In addition to the base tuition rate specified above (e.g. in-state resident for Minnesota residents or those meeting 100% Online enrollment, or another rate, based on student residency), an additional tuition amount is attached to the overall cost to students, in order to allow this high-cost, advanced graduate level program to be self-sufficient in meeting the continuing education needs of this professional discipline.

 

Currently, approved Differential Tuition Rate for the Graduate Certificate Program in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation is equal to: 50% of the in-state (Minnesota) resident tuition rate. 

 

For the 2009-2010 academic calendar year, the certificate program differential tuition is equivalent to 50% of the Regular (In-State) tuition rate of $ 298.00/credit or $894.00 per 3-graduate credit course, which is equivalent to an additional $149.00/credit and $447.00 per 3 credit course.

 

Tuition Differential: College of University Extended Education

 

The College of University Extended Education also requires payment of $35.00/credit  or $105.00/3 credit course as a differential tuition rate to cover their costs for delivery of online program content.

 

Total Tuition Per Credit and Per Course

 

Total charges for tuition in the graduate certificate program in forensic vocational rehabilitation are $482.00/creditor $ 1,446.00 per 3-cr. course

 

STUDENT FEES

 

Current student fees charged per credit and per course are $ 33.14/creditor$ 99.42/3-credit course

 

TOTAL TUITION & STUDENT FEE COSTS  

 

Total tuition and fee costs are $ 515.14/credit or $ 1,545.42/3-credit course**

 

** Does not include costs of textbooks or travel associated costs for REHB 678 participation in 2-3 day face-to-face “moot trial.”

 

Total Estimated Tuition & Fee Costs for Certificate Program Completion

 

(Based on 2009-2010 tuition and fee rates):        $7,727.10 ***

 

***Does not include travel costs for REHB 678 and course textbooks. Many of the currently required textbooks will be from either Elliott & Fitzpatrick (E&F) Publishing or James Publishing, which offer discounts to students of 10% and 50%, respectively. More information pertaining to these costs are forwarded with course materials.

 

 

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Applying for Admission to the Graduate Certificate Program

 

 

Individuals interesting in completing the Graduate Certificate Program in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation must apply for admissions to both the 1) College of Graduate Studies and Research and 2) the Graduate Certificate Program in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation.

 

For information about applying, please click on each of the highlighted links listed. Online application to the College of Graduate Studies and Research is available, while a downloadable application for the certificate program is provided. Application to pursue a graduate degree or certificate program requires the payment of an application fee to the university. More information regarding this fee is available at the College of Graduate Studies and Research webpage.

 

For the application to the graduate certificate program, a completed copy of the downloadable application form must be forwarded (e-mail attachment, fax, or mailed hardcopy) to the Department Graduate Coordinator (Dr. Bruce Poburka), along with a copy of the applicant’s updated curriculum vitae and a brief (2 page single-spaced) statement of their personal intent (professional educational and experiential background, goal(s) or purpose for completion of the certificate program).

 

An official transcript of previous undergraduate & graduate degree award(s) and courses taken must be forwarded directly from the degree awarding institution(s) to the College of Graduate Studies and Research at MSU, Mankato.

 

In addition to the official copy of transcript(s), an unofficial copy (or set) must accompany the application for the certificate program that is sent to the Department Graduate Coordinator (Dr. Bruce Poburka).

 

 

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Application for Taking Courses Only

 

If you are not applying for or have been admitted to the full graduate certificate program, you will still need to apply for approval to take any courses offered by the university. In order to do so, you must apply to the College of Graduate Studies and Research, as a "non–degree seeking" student. As a non-degree seeking applicant, you will not be required to pay an application fee.

 

If you desire to only take individual forensic courses and not complete the entire certificate program, this is the option you should follow. No application fee is charged for this option

 

Persons who have not been fully admitted to complete the full graduate certificate program in forensic vocational rehabilitation will not be allowed to enroll in the capstone course, REHB 678 Presenting Rehabilitation Opinion: Case Simulation. However, no special permission is required, other than that by the College of Graduate Studies & Research to take graduate-level courses,  to register for any of the other courses included in the program (REHB 670, 672, 674, or 676).

 

 

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Registration and Completion of Other Tasks

Once you are approved for admission to take courses or are admitted to the complete the full graduate certificate program, the College of Graduate Studies and Research will provide you with a Tech ID number.

 

Your Tech ID number must be used when you go to register for classes, pay bills, use library resources, to gain admission to the Desire2Learn course management platform (which hosts many of the online courses of the university), and to access other services.

 

You will need your Tech ID and a Password (a temporary password is issued along with your Tech ID number, but you will need to establish your own password when online for the first time, that meets university security requirements). In order to complete the Registration process for taking courses and to gain access to university online courses and other resources (e.g., library, etc.), you will need to use your Tech ID (or your User Name, which you can also specify during your first time online), and your Password.

 

 

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Class Size and Additional Section Offerings

 

The class size required for offering of the certificate program in forensic vocational rehabilitation is based on 15 enrolled students per course. This number of students is based upon the income generated through differential tuition for the program and the costs of providing instruction and related services supporting each of the courses and the overall program. There may be times at which more than 15 students are enrolled for a particular course or courses, due to student demand, limitations in the number of instructors available for a specific academic term, and other reasons.

 

Additional course sections will be added, depending upon demand level, funding and instructional resources availability, as the situation requires. It is anticipated that courses will have multiple sections offered during the same or other academic terms (including Fall, Spring, and or Summer), once the program has become established and is known by professionals in the field of rehabilitation and related disciplines.

 

 

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For Further Information

 

If you are planning to send your application and related materials, the mailing address for the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services is at the bottom of the linked page. Other contact information for our Department Chair, Department Graduate Coordinator, or faculty members are listed on the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling Program webpage that is linked to the department homepage.

 

Thank you for your interest in the area of Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation and our offerings within this advanced specialization in the field of rehabilitation. Feel free to contact me with your questions and concerns regarding this new effort of our university.

 

Gerry

Gerald R. Schneck, Ph.D. CRC–MAC, FVE
Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling and
Coordinator, Graduate Certificate Program in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation
Last Update: 11/12/2009