Registration for Kooser Program

The RCPD in partnership with the Michigan Rehabilitation Services - Business Network Unit is bringing the Kooser Program to MSU free to all individuals with hearing loss. 

The mission of the Kooser Program is to enhance and empower the lives of individuals with hearing loss and their families, friends, and employers through education and support services. Cathy Kooser, a licensed independent social worker who has a severe sensorineural hearing loss, developed the Kooser Program to address the impacts of this "hidden" disability, while also teaching effective communication strategies and coping skills.

What is the Kooser Program?

An interactive and experiential group process that covers the following topics:

  • How to read an audiogram
  • Hearing instruments
  • Hearing loss sensitization for the communication partner
  • Impact on spouse and family
  • Acceptance
  • Emotion focused/Problem focused coping behaviors
  • Communication is complex
  • Assertiveness
  • Changing communication behavior
  • Hearing loss in the workplace
  • Relationship issues
Registration for the Spring 2016 Kooser Program will be available soon. Check back for more information or contact specialist, Virginia Martz.