M.A. in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Our program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a 60-credit master’s degree leading directly to licensure as a clinical rehabilitation and mental health counselor. To earn the master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling, students take a minimum of 19 courses (60 credits). All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Required courses:

  • RHB500: Research Methods
  • RHB505: Foundations for Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling: History, Principles, Laws and Ethics
  • RHB508: Human Growth and Development
  • RHB510: Counseling and Personality Theory
  • RHB513: Couples and Family Counseling
  • RHB516: Group Process
  • RHB523: Social and Cultural Diversity, Advocacy and Accommodation
  • RHB527: Substance Abuse Counseling and Rehabilitation
  • RHB535: Career Development
  • RHB540: Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability
  • RHB542: Assessment
  • RHB550: Vocational Rehabilitation, Case Management and Employment
  • RHB603: Psychopharmacology for the Mental Health Professional
  • RHB605: Counseling and Rehabilitation in Mental Health

Clinical Requirements

The clinical component of the program includes five experiences that emphasize acquiring and developing clinical counseling skills. Skills are developed during the classroom experiences using role plays, audio tapes and feedback. These skills are then applied in the clinical practicum and internship settings, with supervision by the site supervisor and the University’s faculty. Ethical practices, multicultural competencies, principles and models of biopsychosocial case conceptualization, and treatment planning are emphasized through a holistic approach to rehabilitation and mental health counseling.

Required clinical courses:

  • RHB520: Practicum and Seminar I (150 hours)
  • RHB521: Practicum and Seminar II (150 hours)
  • RHB570: Rehabilitation Counseling Internship and Seminar (600 hours, 6 credits)
  • RHB608: Advanced Internship I and Seminar in Mental Health: DBT (500 hours)
  • RHB609: Advanced Internship II and Seminar in Mental Health: Trauma-Informed Care (500 hours)

During their final two semesters in the program, students must also complete 1,000 hours of a clinical internship under the supervision of both a University supervisor and an on-site, approved clinical supervisor who meets the supervisory standards per the Board of Licensure for their state.

Once the University-supported internship is completed, students must have a minimum of one additional year of experience, including 1,000 hours of direct client contact offering clinical or counseling services with an emphasis on mental health counseling. They must also receive a minimum of 100 hours of clinical supervision by an approved supervisor, spread over the two-year period, before being eligible to sit for many state licensing exams.

The regulations regarding clinical supervision are subject to change. Salve Regina will continue to monitor and update programming as required to continue to meet licensure requirements for Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.