Carl Flowers | Rehabilitation Institute | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

Carl Flowers

Rh.D., C.R.C., LCPC, Director and Professor

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Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration
Office: 319A Rehn Hall
Phone: (618) 453-8281

Specializations: Rehabilitation Administration, Ethics, Leadership and Multicultural Issues in Rehabilitation

Carl R. Flowers, Rh.D, CRC, LCPC, is a Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Institute and Interim Director of Project 12-Ways at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his doctorate in Rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University in 1993.

Carl's professional experiences include work as a trainer/provocateur for more than a decade with the Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest Rehabilitation Continuing Education Programs (RCEP). He was the Lead Specialist, as part of the Rehabilitation Cultural Diversity Imitative (RCDI), on a multi-year federal grant intended to provide awareness, sensitivity and diversity training for public vocational rehabilitation agencies in Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Region V (Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin) with an ultimate goal of increasing equitable services for persons applying and receiving services. Prior to joining the Rehabilitation Institute faculty, he directed the Pacific Northwest Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington).

Dr. Flowers’ instructional experiences have included classes in both the Rehabilitation Counseling (RC): Case Management, Introduction to Rehabilitation, Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and Rehabilitation and Treatment of the Alcohol and Drug Abusers; and Rehabilitation Administration (RA): Rehabilitation Administration and Supervision, Legal and Professional Issues, Program Evaluation, Marketing and Advanced Fiscal Management.

Dr. Flowers is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). He is a National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) past-president (2007) and past Board Chair and President of the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC). Carl was selected as recipient of NAMRC’s Virgie Winston Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Dr. Flowers has published more than 30 articles and presented at a number of international and national conferences and served on the editorial board of three professional journals, Journal of Research, Policy and Education, Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators (RCEA) Journal and the Journal of Rehabilitation. Additionally, he has served as Guest Editor for the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) and Psychological Record (PR) and is the Managing Editor (ME) of the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration.