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Graduate Programs

MS in Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling
Empowering individuals for sustainable living

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

Courses normally taken during the first winter term are:

  • RC 609 Practicum
  • RC 612 Counseling Theory and Techniques
  • RC 621 Job Development, Placement, and Retention
  • RC 633 Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling

Courses normally taken during the first spring term are:

  • RC 522 Medical and Functional Aspects in Rehabilitation
  • RC 609 Practicum
  • RC 613 Lifestyle and Career Development
  • RC 634 Diagnosis/Treatment of Mental Illness in Rehabilitation

Courses normally taken during the summer term are four mornings per week:

  • RC 630 Group Work (2 credit hours)
  • RC 630L Group Lab (1 credit hour)
  • RC 631 Family, Disability, and Lifespan Development
  • RC 662 Measurement and Assessment Procedures in Deafness and Rehabilitation

Courses normally taken during the second fall term are:

  • RC 607 Seminar: Portfolio
  • RC 607 Transition and Self Determination in Rehabilitation
  • RC 609 Advanced Practicum
  • RC 650 Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • RC 660 Case Management

Course normally taken during the second winter and spring terms :

  • RC 610 Internship (9 credit hours)

Courses required for Mental Health Counseling (MHC) track:

  • PSY 561 Psychopharmacology (4 credit hours)
  • PSY 607 Drug and Alcohol Assessment (4 credit hours)
  • PSY 607 Crisis Assessment and Intervention (1 credit hour)

NOTE : One-credit seminars are offered on a rotating basis specific to RC issues, (e.g., Assistive Technology/Worksite Modification; Rehabilitation Counseling with Special Populations such as Dual Diagnosis and Ex Offender; 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 6 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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