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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 23, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Rehabilitation Science and Technology - Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, MS in CRMHC

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Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is a program that blends the important concepts of rehabilitation and mental health counseling to provide a strong, cohesive training program for clinical and professional counselors. Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counselors are uniquely qualified to work with individuals with disabilities, particularly those who are experiencing psychiatric disabilities or other mental and behavioral health concerns.

This program prepares students for clinical practice in rehabilitation and mental health counseling. The two-year, 60-credit hour curriculum includes courses on foundations of rehabilitation and mental health counseling, human development across culture and the lifespan, individual, group, family and couples counseling, substance abuse, evidence based practice in counseling, crisis management, risk assessment and disaster preparedness, clinical assessment and diagnosis, case conceptualization and treatment planning, medical and psycho-social aspects of disability, case management, vocational and career development, job development and placement, and assistive technology.  Individualized and group professional mentorship over two years of study is a hallmark of the program. 

This program prepares students to practice the profession of rehabilitation and mental health counseling. The two-year, 60-credit hour curriculum is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) through October 2023. 

Graduates meet the education eligibility criteria for national certification in counseling (i.e., national certified counselor, NCC, or certified rehabilitation counselor, CRC) and the pre-clinical service and educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC).


Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Clinical Capstone Examination

All Counseling students are required to pass a clinical competency examination. The Clinical Counseling Capstone Exam requires student demonstration of knowledge and skills that reflect entry-level competencies of a rehabilitation and mental health counselor. Students are assessed on knowledge and skills accumulated through coursework and clinical experiences. The Capstone requires students to synthesize and apply advanced concepts into clinical practice.

The Capstone employs a clinical case study approach. Students are charged with researching and completing a written review on a client issue or population with the expectation of demonstrating expertise.  Students are then provided a case study in their area of expertise to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Students are expected to analyze and synthesize case materials for case conceptualization and then develop appropriate, realistic, and evidence-based intervention plans. Students are expected to apply appropriate counseling techniques included in their intervention plan via role-play simulations. Successful completion of the Capstone is needed for the student to demonstrate mastery of graduate study and to advance to the final phase of their graduate training - internship.

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