SGISD Professor James Soldner presents at National Council on Rehabilitation Education conference in San Diego

Dr. Soldner, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling, and colleagues from the University of Southern Maine and Michigan State University co-presented at the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) conference this month.

From left to right: Dr. Hung Jen Kuo, PhD, Michigan State University; Dr. James L. Soldner, University of Massachusetts Boston; Dr. Charles Bernacchio, University of Southern Maine
From left to right: Dr. Hung Jen Kuo, PhD, Michigan State University; Dr. James L. Soldner, University of Massachusetts Boston; Dr. Charles Bernacchio, University of Southern Maine

Each year, the NCRE conference promotes the advancement of rehabilitation services for people with disabilities through exemplary research and education. This year, rehabilitation counselor educators, practitioners, researchers, trainers, and students presented on topics that fit the conference theme, “promoting equity through education, research, and practice.”

Soldner and colleagues presented Distance Counseling & Supervision in Rehabilitation Counselor Education: A Response to COVID-19, highlighting the benefits, challenges, and legal and ethical issues involved in adopting and applying technology-assisted distance counseling and supervision services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this transition from in-person to remote work, many rehabilitation counselors began using new technology to provide remote services for the first time. They had to manage legal and ethical issues as well as new technology support needs for students, clients, and faculty. In their presentation, Soldner and colleagues emphasized the importance of rehabilitation counselor faculty sharing information with students about security and privacy requirements, informed consent, and crisis protocols that address geographic proximity.

Learn more about the National Council on Rehabilitation Education!

Visit SGISD’s faculty bios to read more about Professor James Soldner and his work in Rehabilitation Counseling Education.

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