Strengths-based undergraduate rehabilitation education model: Preparing minority leaders for diverse workforce

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Summer 2019

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Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling


This conceptual manuscript introduces a strengths-based undergraduate rehabilitation education model. The model was designed with the unique strengths of minority students in mind. It conceptualizes how students' strengths are cultivated by faculty-supported career exploration and development and service learning opportunities. The three pillars, in combination, prepare students for their fieldwork experiences. The three pillars of the model—core curriculum, leadership training, and concentrations—are supported by a strengths-based platform. The implementation of the model has the potential to improve student and program outcomes by more adeptly preparing minority students to be leaders in a diverse rehabilitation workforce.


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