Certificate in Rehabilitation (General) VRE026

Certificate in Rehabilitation

Expand your skills to assist people in recovery or coping with all aspects of life following a period of illness, an injury or an ongoing disability.

Learn to support ill, elderly or otherwise skills impaired people, in a variety of ways.

Learn vital skills to help in rehabilitative services.

For some, rehabilitation is a support service that is needed to help them recover either physically or mentally from a difficult period in their life. At the end of successful rehabilitation, they may have the same abilities they originally had; and further extraordinary care may be unnecessary. In many situations though, therapy and support services may be needed not only during a recovery period; but after that on an ongoing basis to maintain a person's quality of life.


There are six modules in this course as follows:

Life Coaching

This 100 hr module has ten lessons and is formally recognised by the Association of Coaching (UK).

Lesson 1 Introduction: Nature and scope of life coaching
Lesson 2 - Individual Perception
Lesson 3 - A Well Balanced Life
Lesson 4 - Coaching Processes
Lesson 5 - Coaching Skills
Lesson 6 - Coaching and physical well-being
Lesson 7 - Coaching and psychological well-being
Lesson 8 - Coaching Success
Lesson 9 -Goal Setting
Lesson 10 - Review and Adjustment

Therapeutic Nutrition

Lesson 1. Introduction to Therapeutic Nutrition
Lesson 2. Allergies and Intolerances
Lesson 3. Diabetes
Lesson 4. Heart Disease, Hyperlipidemia and Arteriosclerosis
Lesson 5. Renal/ Kidney Conditions
Lesson 6. Cancer
Lesson 7. Digestive Disorders and Diet
Lesson 8. Other Metabolic Conditions
Lesson 9. Strategic Diet Planning

Counselling Skills I

Lesson 1. Learning Specific Skills
Lesson 2. Listening and Bonding
Lesson 3. Reflection
Lesson 4. Questioning
Lesson 5. Interview Techniques
Lesson 6. Changing Beliefs and Normalising
Lesson 7. Finding Solutions
Lesson 8. Ending the Counselling 

Stress Management

Lesson 1. Body Changes
Lesson 2. Easy Living
Lesson 3. Pills and Alcohol
Lesson 4. Self Esteem
Lesson 5. Managing Your Own Career
Lesson 6. Security and Decision Making
Lesson 7. Relaxation and Nutrition
Lesson 8. Personality and Stress

Plus two electives chosen from the following:

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Fitness Risk Management


Health and Fitness I

Resistance and Gym Supervision

Horticultural Therapy

Managing Mental Health in Adults (coming soon) 


Course Excerpts

Life Coaching

At some point in their lives, most people will seek help from other people – friends, family or professionals – to help them make decisions or get advice on how to handle a particular situation or event.

Some decisions are more complex than others and individuals cope very differently to a given situation.

For instance, some people are very good at making decisions on the financial aspects of their lives but struggle with their physical health or personal relationships. Others may thrive in their relationships but flounder in keeping abreast of their work or study commitments.

A client may contact a life coach when they feel they lack control over their lives or when they need objective advice (away from family and friends). They may lack motivation or have feelings of frustration, depression or a lack of confidence may be affecting their personal effectiveness in everyday life.

Life coaching involves understanding a person is - psychologically, physically and often financially. A life coach becomes a confidant to help the client

  • determine what is important
  • pin-point their strengths and weaknesses
  • ascertain where they want to be in 6 months, a year, or 10 years time.

It involves assisting the client to set personal and professional goals, and to develop a workable strategy to obtain their goals within a given time frame. For a client, seeing a life coach can be a life changing experience and an invaluable opportunity to take control over their life and fulfil their dreams.


Therapeutic Nutrition

Swallowing problems

Chewing and swallowing problems (also called dysphagia) can result from strokes, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and dementia. The cause of swallowing difficulties must always be investigated by a doctor. If food and liquid cannot be swallowed safely it may be aspirated or drawn into the lungs. As the airways become blocked, the person will begin to choke and this choking fit may be fatal for frail, elderly people especially. The aspiration of food and fluid into the lungs can also cause aspiration pneumonia.

Once the cause of swallowing difficulties has been investigated, people may be advised to follow a specific diet. Examples include a minced diet where all food is minced for easier chewing or swallowing or a pureed diet, where a blender or food processor to puree foods to the consistency of infant food, while soft and smooth foods, such as applesauce, certain puddings and eggs can be served in their normal form. Thickened fluids may be recommended as a remedy to chewing and swallowing problems. Artificial food thickeners are available from the pharmacy while natural thickeners include tapioca, flour and instant potato flakes.

Weight loss and reduced appetite

Unintentional weight loss is a decrease in body weight that is not voluntary. In other words, the person did not try to loss the weight by dieting or exercising. There are many causes of unintentional weight loss. Examples include, cancer, depression, drugs such as chemotherapy drugs, Eating disorders, loss of appetite and malnutrition. Painful mouth ulcers or a loss of teeth may also prevent someone from eating normally and result in weight loss in that person.

Weight loss and poor oral intake can have a serious impact on a person’s clinical outcome following a surgical procedure, thus resulting in reduced immune function, poor wound healing and potentially longer hospital stays.

Here are some tips to help people with poor appetite and weight loss, you may think of others

  • Try to eat small and frequent meals and snacks, for example, every 2 hours. Suitable snacks include cheese and crackers, sandwiches, savory biscuits, ready made desserts such as yogurt, rice pudding and crème caramel.
  • Take advantage of times when you do feel well, and have a larger meal then. Many people have a better appetite first thing in the morning, when they are well rested.
  • If your doctor allows, have a small glass of wine or beer during a meal. It may help to stimulate your appetite
  • During meals, sip only small amounts because drinking may make you feel full. If you want to have more than just a small amount to drink, have it 30-60 minutes before or after a meal.
  • Fortify foods e.g. with milk powder and foods high in fats and sugars.


Counselling Skills I


The most common ways of dealing with stress are by using defence mechanisms, such as those described by Freud. Freud claimed that we have an id, ego and superego. The id is our unconscious self, motivated by pleasure. The ego is our day to day self, responding to situations, our conscious self. Whilst the superego is our moral self, almost our controller.


Memories that cause anxiety are kept out of our conscious awareness as a means of protecting ourselves. This is also called motivated forgetting. This involves repressing the chaotic desires of the id into the unconscious realm. Often these repressed desires will still find expression in dreams, slips of the tongue or psychopathological symptoms.


This involves displacement of a disturbing emotion such as anger, from one person to another. Displacement reduces anxiety produced by the unacceptable wish, but at the same time it partially gratifies that wish. The basic emotion of irrational anger toward a parent (for example) cannot be removed. The individual will instead direct this anger toward another less important, less threatening person.


This is when we pretend to have a socially acceptable reason for a form of behaviour that is actually rooted in irrational feelings.

Example: A person is angry with their mother and wants to avoid her. They then give a false reason for not going to visit her (e.g. It is too far away).


This is a particular form of rationalisation. It involves projecting our own undesirable characteristics onto someone else.

Example: You feel an irrational hatred toward someone else, and then you go around telling people that the person concerned hates you.


This involves unconsciously covering up what you really feel by behaving in the opposite manner, without realising it.

Example: A woman, who could not obtain an abortion, might harbour a lot of hatred towards her child, and unconsciously still want to get rid of it. Instead she behaves lovingly and over protective to the child, to an excessive degree.


Stress Management


A stressor is any thing that causes a person stress. Each of us have different stressors, what one person considers stressful another may consider challenging, or unimportant. Our goals, our lifestyle, our beliefs, perceptions, personality, family and friend supports and attitudes together determine what we individually find stressful. If a person believes that they must make a lot of money to be successful, then their bank account may be a stressor, however someone who places less value on money is less likely to be bothered by their account balance as readily.

The big C's of urban stress are: Controls, Complexity, Competition and Computers. For many of us the hours we work, how we perform tasks, how we organise our day even how we dress is controlled by an employer. The tasks we must perform at work, interacting with new technologies, different world regions, over increasingly diverse job requirements, along with the balancing of work and family life are all issues of great complexity that cause most people some degree of stress. The competitive nature of business, competition for a job, promotion, partner, for your car space, when purchasing a home, between family members and friends is another major source of stress for many people. Finally there are computers. In the past 20 years they have come into their own, making many of our recreation and job tasks much less tedious, as well as quicker and easier to perform. However, as the components, software and peripherals go out of date so quickly, people are not only having to maintain their vocational skills, but also their computer literacy. Most computer users have at some stage been confronted by a computer that freezes in the middle of an important task, that for no apparent reason deletes their data and crashes, printers that wont print, instructions with so much jargon you have no idea how to turn a piece of equipment on, let alone use it and new software interfaces that take time and patience to comprehend. For all their benefits, computers bring with them a myriad of complex problems that invariably cause their owner/user stress.

The imbalance between work and private life is a modern dilemma. Parents must work to support their families, and either the father works enormous hours to allow the mother to stay at home to care for the children, or the mother returns to work to supplement the household income. Either way there is stress. People are becoming increasingly sedentary, with little time to exercise, play sports and socialise with friends. When people do have time, they are often so stressed and exhausted from work that they simply do not have the energy to pursue hobbies and recreation. The pressure to find a partner and have children, especially for women can sometimes make socialising a stressful activity in itself. Many people have their lives, particularly their family life and relationships and their finances so delicately balanced that are constantly living in fear of failure, or simple changes in circumstance that would finally break them. The result is mental breakdown or other mental illnesses, family breakdown, job loss, bankruptcy and in the most serious cases, suicide. Prolonged high stress levels are linked to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart attacks and anxiety disorders, alcoholism and associated liver disease and chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, digestive disorders, headaches and poor immune system function (repeatedly getting bacterial and viral infections and any other ‘bug’ that is going around).


Although doing a course may not guarantee you work – it will set you apart from those that have not studied at all and it will improve your personal choices when applying for jobs or give you and your clients more confidence in you if you are looking to set up your own counselling service.

When it comes to applying for jobs - each job listed usually gets a huge amount of response, when employers choose people to interview they will look at a range of factors, what you have studied will be just one of those factors. You need to be able to catch a potential employer’s attention and stand out from the rest.

So what do you need?

  • Great communication skills: verbal, written and also the ability to use a computer. Whenever we are offering people a service (such as counselling for example) they are looking for someone with a professional approach and who instils a feeling of confidence.
  • Problem solving skills: no matter what profession you work in you need to be able to problem solve – in personal health counselling this is important so that you can construct programs to suit each individual. ACS courses are based on developing problem solving skills and you do this through your set tasks and assignments throughout the course.
  • Knowledge and skills demanded of the job. In any job that involves people’s health you must know what you are doing – this is something you cannot do without the correct skills and knowledge and the only way to get this is by undertaking a course and gaining personal experience.
  • A passion for the work and willingness to learn.
  • Presentation and grooming - people who present as being well organised and well-groomed will impress.

How Will A Course Help Me To Gain those Skills?

Choosing the right course will help i.e. one that develops knowledge, practical and also your problem solving skills. Not all courses do this. At ACS our courses focus on Problem Based Learning so this enables the student to develop these skills and at the same time using this learning method also improves you knowledge retention and recall.

What Can You do to Improve Your Career Prospects?

  • Choose a course that you are passionate about – be open to learning and use this course to start building your future. Today we are expected to keep learning and studying in order to keep up with a world that is rapidly changing. Learning is a lifelong experience. Study a course that makes you stand out - a qualification that is different to all the other applicants will always catch the attention of a boss, and may be the difference between getting an interview or not.
  • Network with people in the industry, attend conferences and trade shows – make yourself known to people in the industry in general.
  • Try to build a range of skills – multi-skilled people catch the eye of the employer or potential employer.
  • Write a good CV and ask for help if you need it. Tutors at this school will help our students with their C.V.'s if you ask -no cost. Resume Writing services can also be used, but they charge.
  • Recognise your weaknesses and work on improving them - not just academically. And also know your strengths and demonstrate them.



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