The program emphasizes five major components:
- individual and group counseling theory and technique;
- influence of career acquisition and personal independence on the daily lives of persons with disabilities;
- social and psychological impact of disability on an individual and family;
- federal, state, and private service delivery systems for persons with disabilities; and
- self-awareness on the part of counselors-in-training.
The program offers three tracks:
- Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) option. Graduates of this option provide counseling and consultative services to the general population of persons who have disabilities.
- Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf (RCD) option is one of three deafness specialty programs in the United States. Graduates plan to seek employment as counselors or consultants for culturally Deaf people, deafened individuals, and persons who are hard-of-hearing.
- The mental health counseling (MHC) track: graduates of this track are eligible to seek licensure as a licensed professional counselor nationwide in mental health settings.
All three tracks take their core classes together.
To start, you need:
- A bachelor’s degree
- 2 years of working experience is preferred
Finishing will take:
- 2 years
- 81-90 credits
- Professional project
Begin your Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program:
- Fall term
Where you will take classes:
- On-campus courses
Technology you will need:
- Internet connection
Where this degree can take you:
- Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
- Case Manager with a vendor who serves vocational rehabilitation clients
- Youth Transition Specialist
- Community services coordinator for adults with disabilities
- Disabled students services
- Client Advocate
- Group or supported living coordinator
- Mental health counselor in a community or higher education setting
What you will learn:
You will receive training to provide individuals who are Deaf and/or have disabilities an opportunity to live fulfilling, productive, and independent lives.
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of the rehabilitation counseling related theories and policies through scholarly activities.
- Demonstrate competency in facilitating employment, independent living, community integration and personal adjustment for individuals who are Deaf or have disabilities and come from diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Show commitment to professional excellence and leadership through the practice of ethical behavior and integrity.