Goal of the 48 Credit Rehabilitation Counseling Program
The goal of the rehabilitation counseling program is to prepare students to become rehabilitation counselors who have the clinical competencies to perform a vital role in the educational, vocational, and personal adjustment of persons with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, co-occurring disorders, substance abuse and advocacy for the rights of all people with disabilities.
Clinical Requirements (2 courses/9 credits)
The clinical component of the rehabilitation counseling program includes two clinical experiences that emphasize acquiring and developing clinical counseling skills. Skills are developed during the classroom experiences using role plays, audio/video tapes and feedback and are applied to the clinical setting with supervision from a site supervisor and University faculty instructor. Upon completion of both clinical courses students will have completed 900 hours of clinical training in the field and an additional 60 hours of clinical supervision in the classroom. Ethical practices, multicultural competencies, principles and models of biopsychosocial case conceptualization, and rehabilitation treatment planning are emphasized through a holistic approach to rehabilitation counseling.
Student objectives/outcomes for the rehabilitation counseling program include the following:
To develop professional counselors committed to lifelong learning; to promote a thorough understanding of the ethics and standards of practice for rehabilitation counseling;
To achieve an appreciation of the history and philosophy of rehabilitation counseling, including an understanding of the laws and policies related to disability issues;
To develop the competencies to serve persons with a wide array of disability-related or mental health problems impacting the individual and the family;
To apply a multicultural perspective in relation to understanding access to services, effective disability and case management, discrimination, and public policy;
To develop values consistent to practice that respect human dignity, independent living and advocacy for the rights of all people with disabilities;
To learn theories of human development and growth including physical, cognitive, psychological, familial, behavioral, social, vocational, moral, and spiritual.
To acquire skills in job analysis, job development and placement and supported employment options.
To develop the counseling and consultation skills for working with families and groups for effective systems change;
To develop research skills to create viable research for program evaluation and to become intelligent consumers of research.