Rehabilitation and Human Services

Rehabilitation and Human Services

The RHS major trains students interested in improving quality of life for persons impacted by disabilities. RHS professionals work with a variety of people across the lifespan who experience problems in psychosocial, physical, mental, educational, vocational, and recreational aspects of their lives.

Examples of client groups RHS professionals work with include people with mental, cognitive, developmental, addiction, sensory, and/or physical disabilities and chronic illness; people experiencing violence; people living in poverty; and people who are homeless.

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Student Profile: Dominicdominic-penn-state-abington

“My own experience going through rehabilitation had formed a new foundation in my life”

Dominic eventually withdrew from Penn State after realizing electrical engineering was not his passion, and began working as an aide at a rehabilitation center. Having found his career path, he re-enrolled at Abington and changed his major to Rehabilitation & Human Services. He will graduate from Abington Spring 2018 while working as an activities director at a nursing home in Philadelphia.

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Faculty member discusses solutions to national addiction crisis

Stacey Conway

Stacey Conway, lecturer in Biobehavioral Health at Penn State Abington.

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“Within the addiction field, there has been a real shift to bring recovery into the light and to understand what helps people not only access recovery, but also what helps them sustain and grow their recovery over the long haul.”

Stacey Conway, Assistant Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health, examines addiction from a rehabilitation perspective.

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