Let’s decipher the driving rehab credentials!
The world of driving rehab is riddled with credentials – SCDCM, CDRS, DRS. Does any of it make a difference? Let us help decipher these driving rehab credentials.
Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (DRS)
Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (DRS) is a general term that may be applied by anyone with advanced training in driver rehab. Currently, there are no requirements that define when someone may or may not use this title. As a result, many pursue SCDCM &/or CDRS.
“Driver rehabilitation specialist (DRS): Provides clinical driving evaluations and driving mobility equipment evaluations and intervention to develop or restore driving skills and abilities. [Note: A DRS may or may not have a health professional background. With a health professional background, a DRS can provide a comprehensive driving evaluation.]” Taxnonomy & Terms for Stakeholders in Senior Mobility
Specialty Certification in Driving & Community Mobility (SCDCM)
SCDCM is the American Occupational Therapy Associations (AOTA) Specialty Certification in Driving & Community Mobility. This is a certification specifically for occupational therapy practitioners. An OT with this credential has passed a rigorous peer review and provided multiple examples of evidence demonstrate advanced knowledge & practice focused on driving & community mobility. The SCDCM, along with the other specialty certifications, is currently portfolio-based but is going through a review & revision. We may see this distinction grow and change into an examination based credential in the future.
“Occupational therapy practitioners who hold AOTA’s Specialty Certification in Driving and Community Mobility (SCDCM, SCDCM-A) are formally recognized for engaging in a voluntary process of ongoing professional development and for translating that development into improved outcomes for clients. Occupational therapy practitioners with AOTA’s Specialty Certification in Driving and Community Mobility have met the criteria delineated for a specialized practitioner by successfully completing a peer-reviewed process that includes: demonstration of relevant experience, a reflective portfolio, & ongoing professional development.” – American Occupational Therapy Association
Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS)
The Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) is a credential offered by the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED). This is an exam-based credential. Applications first must have completed advanced education and have worked in the field of driver rehab for two years or 1664 hours providing direct patient care. Mentorship is preferred, but not mandated at this time. A variety of medical and nono medical professionals including occupational therapists, physical therapists, kinesiotherapist, and driving instructors, may hold the certification of CDRS.
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