M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling

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Our program prepares students to counsel people with disabilities in order to help them manage their mental health, substance abuse, societal and personal problems; help them plan careers; and find and keep satisfying jobs. Major goals include helping individuals achieve positive mental health, empowering individuals to make informed choices regarding their mental health and physical treatment and maximizing opportunities for economic independence through obtaining employment, when possible.

With appropriate supervised experience, graduates are eligible for the national examination to become certified as a rehabilitation counselor. Students interested in state licensing as a mental health counselor have the option to continue their graduate studies and receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in mental health with 12 additional credits.

To earn the master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, students take a minimum of 15 courses (48 credits). Students who have a master's degree in a related area and enroll in the rehabilitation counseling program may request a waiver of up to 12 credits.

Required courses:

  • RHB500: Research Methods
  • RHB505: Foundations of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • RHB508: Human Growth and Development
  • RHB510: Counseling and Personality Theory
  • RHB513: Couples and Family Counseling
  • RHB516: Group Process
  • RHB520: Practicum and Seminar I: Motivational Interviewing
  • RHB527: Substance Abuse Counseling and Rehabilitation
  • RHB535: Career Development and Counseling
  • RHB540: Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability
  • RHB542: Evaluation and Assessment
  • RHB550: Vocational Rehabilitation, Case Management and Employment
  • RHB601: Cross-Cultural Counseling

Clinical Requirements

The clinical component of the program includes two 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 instructor. 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 courses:

  • RHB521: Practicum and Seminar II
  • RHB570: Rehabilitation Counseling Internship and Seminar


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