In early April, the UK College of Education Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Counseling hosted a national seminar focused on an ongoing concern among the rehabilitation community.
Co-sponsored by the Rho Zeta Chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society and the UK Rehabilitation Counseling Student Association, the seminar entitled “Rehabilitation Counseling and Military Veterans with Disabilities: A Comprehensive Seminar on Systems, Services and Rehabilitation Best Practice” brought in highly respected researchers and personnel for presentations to a packed house and a large online audience via the Internet.
Making presentations were keynote speaker Michael Frain from Florida Atlantic University, Nurse Coordinator Patty Jackson of the Lexington VA Medical Center Polytrauma Center, and a panel of current and injured/retired military personnel.
Frain, assistant professor and director of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at FAU, presented research that he and Malachy Bishop, associate professor and coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program in the UK College of Education, have conducted with veterans and counselors thanks to a grant from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. In addition, Jackson described the system of evacuation and care for Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom military personnel.
“We were delighted with the response,” Bishop said. “We had individuals and rehabilitation and traumatic brain injury centers tuning in and participating from around the country. Locally, the interest was so great that we literally had to turn some people away. Clearly this is an area of significant national and local importance, and we are pleased that the University of Kentucky and the UK Rehabilitation Counseling Program is leading the way in research and dissemination activities.”