Classes are offered at our Center for Adult Education and Professional Studies in Warwick, our Newport Campus, and online.
Rehabilitation Counseling Programs Overview
Consistent with the mission of Salve Regina University, the graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling are committed to offering a professional program that encourages students to seek wisdom through study and service, and to promote universal justice. The motto of our program is “Turning Empathy into Action”. The mission of the Rehabilitation Counseling Programs is to prepare master’s degree students to perform a vital role as counselors who have specialized knowledge and skills for both mental health and rehabilitation counseling service delivery with clients who have co-occurring disabilities.
The Salve Regina University Rehabilitation Counseling 48 credit program has been a nationally accredited counseling program since 2005 by the Council on Rehabilitation (CORE). When CORE and CACREP merged in July of 2017 the program became CACREP accredited, and its accreditation was approved through 2025. With an additional 12 mental health credits available through our mental health and rehabilitation CAGS program, students can become eligible for licensure as a mental health counselor that has national portability.
The 60 credit MA program in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling builds on the 48 credit foundation by adding four additional classes in mental health counseling topics including Psychopharmacology, the DSM V/-ICD 10, CBT and Trauma-Informed treatment. The 60 credit program is applying for full CACREP accreditation in 2018.
Students who are graduates of both programs are eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counseling exam. The Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling (CRCC) sets the standards of practice for quality rehabilitation counseling services through its internationally recognized certification program. Our students who take the exam consistently exceed the national passing rates by over 25 percent.
A Certified Rehabilitation Counselor designation indicates a higher level of specialized education and training in counseling individuals with co-occurring disabilities, adherence to the Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors, and an ongoing commitment to continuing education of 100 hours every five years to maintain certification. Graduates of this program who have met these academic standards and have passed the certification exam become certified rehabilitation counselors. The CRCC has certified more than 35,000 counselors world-wide with its internationally recognized, national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor designation.
Rehabilitation counselors draw on knowledge from several fields including counseling, psychology, medicine, psychiatry, sociology, social work, education and law. Students develop the ability to serve persons with a wide array of disability-related and/or mental health problems impacting the individual and the family. They receive their training and work in a variety of clinical settings with respect for the influences of multicultural factors such as disability, culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.
Students also receive specialized training in the educational, vocational, and personal adjustment of persons with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, co-occurring disorders, substance abuse and advocacy for and the rights of all people with disabilities. Our graduate programs offer dynamic and relevant educational opportunities in the community while developing expertise within rehabilitation and mental health counseling. Knowing how to apply learning to real-world situations makes students more marketable in their job search and more influential in their careers.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program offers two master’s degrees and two Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies: 1) a 48 credit master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling; 2) a 60 credit master’s in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling that can lead to licensure; 3) a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis on Rehabilitation for those individuals with a graduate counseling degree of less than 60 hours of study who are seeking licensure; and 4) a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus on substance abuse issues.
The 48 Credit Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling
The 48-credit program in Rehabilitation Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), and is designed to prepare professional counselors to counsel people with disabilities, in order to help them manage their mental health; substance abuse; societal and personal problems; help them plan careers; and find and keep satisfying jobs. Major goals include helping individuals achieve positive mental health, to empower individuals to make informed choices regarding their mental health and physical treatment, and to maximize opportunities for economic independence through obtaining employment, when possible.
From July 2017 to May 2018, 100% of the students who graduated from the program were employed full-time as counselors either before or upon graduation. Overall, settings for work for our graduates include mental health agencies, state rehabilitation agencies, hospitals, psychiatric rehabilitation centers and clubs, substance abuse programs, human resource offices, wellness programs, school systems, universities and colleges, community agencies, criminal justice agencies, independent living centers, nursing homes, group homes, insurance companies, for profit corporations, employee assistance programs, and private practice in counseling, forensics or geriatric case management.
The intent of the program is to prepare the graduate, after appropriate supervised experience, to be eligible to sit for the national examination to become certified as a rehabilitation counselor (CRC). Students interested in state licensing as a mental health counselor have the option to continue their graduate studies and receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling with 12 additional credits (60 credits total).
Rehabilitation Program Requirements
Students in all rehabilitation counseling programs are required to engage in all learning activities in ways that are consistent with the current ethical and professional standards of rehabilitation and mental health counselors as published by the CRCC and the American Counseling Association (ACA). Inconsistencies with these standards, as determined by program faculty, can serve as a basis of dismissal from the program. Following successful completion of an approved program of 48 graduate credits, students are eligible to receive the Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling. In addition, they must meet the University’s standards for admission to graduate studies upon application to the program as described in this catalog.
On campus, Online or On-site
The 48 credit master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling may be earned by taking courses at our Center for Adult Education and Professional Studies in Warwick, R.I., our Newport campus, or online. Many students accelerate completion of their degree by taking a combination of on-campus and online courses simultaneously.
Joint Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program
Salve Regina University offers an accelerated program of study that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree within a shorter period of time. However, because the Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling requires 48 credits, an additional two years are required to complete the master’s degree after receiving the baccalaureate. This program is designed for the University’s highly motivated, academically talented and qualified undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.30 or higher. Students from any undergraduate major are eligible to apply to this program. Current undergraduate students interested in the accelerated program must complete the application process by February 15th of their junior year.
Undergraduate students considered for the accelerated program are conditionally accepted into the rehabilitation counseling master’s program and can take up to four graduate courses during their senior year. Of the four courses, two may be applied to the undergraduate degree. Final master’s program acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree and the four graduate courses in the senior year by achieving a B or better in the classes.
Students with a Prior Master’s Degrees in Related Areas
Students who hold a master’s degree in a related area, and are subsequently enrolling in the master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, may request for a waiver for up to 12 credits. The waiver may be granted if all of the following criteria are met: 1) an equivalent course in regard to curriculum content can be identified in both programs; 2) students received a grade of B or better in each course requested for waiver; 3) courses were completed at a regionally accredited institution. Students must request the waiver in writing and be able to provide documentation of the course content including a syllabus or course outline as well as an official transcript. When granting such credits, the program director must take into account program accreditation guidelines as established by CACREP. The credit hours that are waived must be made up by taking additional classes to fulfill the 48 credit requirement of the program. The decision for a waiver must be granted by the program director and the department chair, and accreditation requirements will need to be met.
Areas of Study and Course Listings
- Professional Identity and Ethical Behavior
- Human Growth and Development
- Career Counseling
- Counseling and Personality Theory
- Couples and Family Counseling
- Multicultural Counseling
- Group Process
- Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability
- Research and Program Evaluation
- Rehabilitation Services Case Management and Related Resources