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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation - Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation prepares qualified rehabilitation professionals for providing expert witness and consultant services to the courts in a variety of civil (“tort”) litigation venues, including: personal injury; product liability; Worker’s Compensation; Social Security disability; employment law; discrimination; catastrophic injury with a Life Care Plan; professional malpractice; divorce; wrongful death of an adult or child; and other related areas. Primarily, the Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Expert/Consultant will address issues surrounding the impact of physical, mental, and/or emotional injury on the plaintiff and family members, in relation to loss of earnings/wages, loss of functional capacities, ongoing medical and psychological needs, loss of capacity to perform household duties, and other aspects of losses incurred, depending upon laws governing a particular case and what damages can be sought.

Rehabilitation Counselor’s, Vocational Evaluators, and professionals in related disciplines gave been serving as Vocational Experts for the Social Security Administration, as part of the disability determination process for award of SSI and SSDI benefits since the mid- 1960’s. Over the course of the last 40 years, the use of vocational rehabilitation experts and consultants by the courts has expanded greatly. This foundation and the growing number of Senior citizens should result in continued growth in demand for forensic experts.

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation requires satisfactory completion of the following 5 courses (15 credits), which are offered online only:
REHB 670 Foundations of Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation Consultation (3)
REHB 672 Law and the Forensic Rehabilitation Consultant (3)
REHB 674 Socioeconomic Costs of Acquired Disability (3)
REHB 676 Case Analysis and Opinion Development (3)
REHB 678 Presenting Rehabilitation Opinion: Case Simulation (3)

Gainful Employment Program Information
The program is a Gainful Employment program regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education requires additional information be provided to you about this certificate program. For more information follow these links: