2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The 60 credit Master of Arts in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

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(19 courses/60 credits)

This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a 60-credit master’s degree that can lead to licensure as a mental health counselor upon completion of all academic and licensure requirements.  This program is built on the foundation of the 48 credit CACREP-accredited program.  The program is applying for full accreditation by CACREP..

Graduates of this program may be qualified to provide mental health services in federal programs serving Veterans and have portability to clinical mental health professional licensure in other states.  Currently, graduates of this program meet licensure requirements for many states throughout the country.

Clinical Requirements (4 courses/ 15 credits)

The clinical component of the clinical rehabilitation and mental health counselor program includes four clinical experiences that emphasize acquiring and developing clinical counseling skills while meeting state licensure requirements. 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.  Upon completion of the four clinical courses students will have received 1300 hours of clinical experience in rehabilitation and mental helath settings.  In addition, they will have received 120 hours of clinical supervision in the classroom. Ethical practices, multicultural competencies, principles and models of bio-psychosocial case conceptualization, and rehabilitation treatment planning are emphasized through a holistic approach to rehabilitation and mental health counseling.

State Licensing Requirements

Based on the State of RI Licensure requirements as of January 1, 2017, following completion of the 60-credit hours for the master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling, students complete 2,000 hours of supervised clinical internship by an on-site clinical supervisor who meets the supervisory standards of the Board of Licensure for the state in which they intend to practice.  No university clinical supervision is required post the 60 credit degree.  

It is recommended that students research  the specific requirements for a licensed mental health counselor in the state where they intend to practice. Licensing laws and regulations vary across states and can change from year to year; therefore, specific requirements  may be different, also. Consequently, the University is not responsible for knowing the requirements of states other than Rhode Island.  It is the student’s responsibility  to know the requirements for licensing in the state in which they intend to practice.

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