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Course Sequence

The RMHC program offers three tracks: Rehabilitation Counseling (RC – 81 quarter credits), Rehabilitation Counseling: Deaf (RCD –81 quarter credits), and Mental Health (MH – 90 quarter credits). Students in all tracks (RC, RCD, and MH) take classes during the year one fall, winter, spring and summer terms, as well as year two fall term. Year two winter and spring terms are internship. Internship requires full time participation (32-35 hours per week). All terms except summer are 11 weeks long. The first summer term between year one and year two requires attendance of all RMHC students three days a week over a six week term. Students who are in the MH track will take a required 4 credit PSY 525 in Drug and Alcohol Assessment during the month of August between year one and year two. In addition, students in the MH track will take a required online class during the six week summer term after year two. All classes listed below are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

All students (RC, RCD, and MH) must take one 3 credit elective during year one. Students will work with their assigned advisor to select the appropriate elective.

 WARNING: Due to the intensity of full-time graduate coursework and assignments, students are asked NOT to work more than 20 hours per week their first year of study. Internship (winter and spring terms of year two) requires 32-35 hours per week to successfully complete 600 clock hours including 240 direct client contact hours.

 

  1. Courses normally taken during the first fall term are:
  • RC 632            Psychosocial and Environmental Aspects of Disability
  • RC 611            Introduction to the Helping Profession
  • RC 620            Professional Orientation to Rehabilitation Services and Resources
  • RC 625            Rehabilitation Counseling Research
  • RC 575            Hearing Loss and Assistive Listening Devices (1 credit elective – recommended for all tracks)
  1. Courses normally taken during the first winter term are:
  • RC 522            Medical and Functional Aspects of Disability in Rehabilitation
  • RC 609            Practicum
  • RC 612            Theory and Techniques of Counseling
  • RC 633            Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling
  1. Courses normally taken during the first spring term are:
  • RC 609            Practicum
  • RC 613            Lifestyle and Career Development
  • RC 607            Group Work
  • RC 634            Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Illness in Rehabilitation
  • ASL 540           Mental Health in the Deaf Community (3 credit elective – RCD track)
  • PSY 527          Crisis Assessment and Intervention (1 credit – required MH track)
  1. Courses normally taken during the six week summer term are three mornings per week:
  • RC 621            Job Development, Placement, and Retention
  • RC 631            Family, Disability, and Life Span Development
  • RC 662            Measurement and Assessment Procedures in Deafness and in Rehabilitation
  1. Courses for MH track normally taken during year one four weeks in August:
  • PSY 625          Drug and Alcohol Assessment (4 credits – required MH track)

 

  1. Courses normally taken during the second fall term are:
  • RC 609            Advanced Practicum
  • RC 650            Ethics and Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • RC 660            Case Management in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • RC 670            Portfolio and Professional Development
  • SPED 672        Transition and Self Determination
  1. Course normally taken during the second winter and spring terms:
  • RC 610            Internship (9 credit per term)
  1. Course for MH track normally taken during the six week summer term online:
  • PSY 561         Psychopharmacology (4 credits online – required MH track)

 

NOTE: Periodically, one-credit seminars are offered specific to rehabilitation counseling issues, (e.g., Assistive Technology/Worksite Modification; Rehabilitation Counseling with Special Populations such as Dual Diagnosis and Persons with Criminal History; Self-Employment) and includes student participants who are employed as rehabilitation counselors.

Graduate Interns are expected to apply all of their knowledge and skills within the context of a full-time internship (RC 610) in a rehabilitation setting with clients who represent a variety of disability groups. RCD students are expected to complete their internship in a setting serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients. This will allow generalization of skills learned the first six terms, into a rehabilitation organization.

 

Educationally focused practicum

Approximately one-third of the program is comprised of practical/internship designed to give the student a clinically based experience with rehabilitation and independent living services designed for clients with various and severe disabilities. An excellent relationship exists through the program’s advisory structure with the Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS), the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WA DVR), the Oregon Disabilities Commission, consumer groups, and CARF accredited community rehabilitation programs in Oregon . The program faculty adheres to CORE practicum standards and actively maintains contact with a variety of programs serving persons who are Deaf or have disabilities such as:

  • state offices of vocational rehabilitation;
  • state training schools and rehabilitation centers;
  • commission for the blind;
  • culturally (economically) disadvantaged populations;
  • disability consumer organizations;
  • veteran’s administration vocational rehabilitation counseling;
  • independent living centers and/or agencies;
  • secondary and post-secondary offices that provide services to students who are Deaf and/or have mental or physical disabilities

Prospects after graduation

Over the past five years, 96-100 percent of our graduates were employed in appropriate professional fields within six months of graduation. Retention in the field of rehabilitation remains at 94 percent up to five years after graduation.

 

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"The RCE faculty have been an enormous source of support to me. I cherish their humane attitude of caring and respect toward the students. I appreciate their vast knowledge and support of Deaf-related issues. I have immensely enjoyed the small class size of the program; it allowed students to discuss and share experiences, enhancing our textbook learning and giving us an opportunity to learn from one another."

Lior Azen

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