Our mission is to create a therapeutic atmosphere where clients and the rehabilitation specialist can explore and collaboratively develop long-term and short-term goals and determine how to eliminate the barriers obstructing the execution of these objectives.
We utilize evidence based practices in our service delivery model and engage in appropriate ethical behavior established by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). We aim to review all pertinent information to provide an independent evaluation in a forensic capacity, such as cases related to worker’s compensation, life-care planning, or other vocational testimony.
- Dr. Matthew Sprong
PhD, CRC, LCPC, CLCP, CADC
Dr. Matthew Sprong began his rehabilitation career at a community-based rehabilitation program where he provided vocational related services to people with a wide variety of different disabilities. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University (SIU).
While completing coursework for his doctoral studies at SIU, he started exploring the private sector by providing vocational services in worker’s compensation cases, and providing impartial expert testimony during administrative law hearings for the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Dr. Sprong has gained experience in completing comprehensive vocational evaluations, job placement and labor market analyses, substance abuse counseling, life-care planning, and providing testimony as a vocational witness.
Currently, Dr. Sprong is also an Assistant Professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling and Services program at Northern Illinois University. He teaches several graduate and undergraduate courses, such as employment services in vocational rehabilitation and a graduate level seminar covering private rehabilitation counseling.
He is the president of the Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA) and president of the Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP). He is also a member of several professional organizations (i.e., NCRE, ARCA, ACA, NRA, VEWAA, IARP) and has numerous publications and professional presentations, including over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 4 book chapters.
- Mrs. Nicole Kowalczyk
Mrs. Nicole Kowalczyk is an alumnus of Northern Illinois University (NIU), earning an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling. While completing her degree coursework, she acquired a variety of vocational rehabilitation related experiences, including workers’ compensation and disability management with agencies offering integrated managed care services.
After graduation, she continued to provide vocational rehabilitation and job placement services to people with a variety of disabilities. In addition to private rehabilitation employment, she is also an instructor in the Rehabilitation Counseling and Services program at NIU. She teaches a variety of courses related to the field of rehabilitation.