Title

Opportunities, Satisfaction, and the Importance of Leadership Development and Mentoring Among Community Rehabilitation Professionals

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Rehabilitation Administration

Volume

39

Issue

1

Publisher

National Association for Rehabilitation Leadership

Publication Date

1-1-2015

First Page

43

Last Page

50

Abstract

People with disabilities (i.e., consumers) who are seeking employment, but experiencing barriers, often turn to the services of the state vocational rehabilitation (VR) system to achieve their employment goals. Within this system, VR counselors commonly rely on community rehabilitation providers (CRPs)for the delivery of employment services, making CRPs an integral part of the VR system. As a whole, there has been limited research on leadership development and mentoring in rehabilitation and even less attention has been paid specifically to CRPs, despite their role in rehabilitation services delivery. In this exploratory study, CRPs' perspectives on their leadership and mentoring opportunities, satisfaction, and its importance are described. CRP professionals rated leadership development and mentoring as very important. Yet the majority of CRPs reported not having leadership opportunities nor being involved in mentoring. Implications for practices and directions for future actions are provided.

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