The Rehabilitation Counselor Education program is based on four semesters of full-time study. Individual, student programs are planned by the student and the advisor. Both take into consideration the background preparation, experience, and interest of each student.
The core required courses that each student has completed prior to internship are:
- Introduction to Rehabilitation
- Psycho-Social Impact of Disability
- Measurement and Appraisal in Rehabilitation
- Statistics I for Educational Services
- Medical Information for Rehabilitation Counselors
- Individual Counseling Techniques for Rehabilitation Counselors
- Occupational Aspects of Disability
- Career Counseling
- Psychiatric Rehabilitation
- Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation
- Individual Counseling Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling I & II
- Seminar on Research in Disabilities
- Adjustment and Training Groups
One additional course from the following:
- Child and Adolescent Development
- Adult Development
- Life Span Development
- Learning Theories
- Foundations of Educational and Human Services
- Professional Practice in a Multicultural Society
- Ethics in Education and Human Services
Two elective courses are required from areas such as:
- Psychiatric rehabilitation
- Substance abuse
- Rehabilitation administration
- Audiology and speech
Fifty-three (53) semester credits are the minimum requirement for the M.Ed. degree.
Core Program Descriptions and Class Schedule
RHAB 57712 Introduction to Rehabilitation (3 hrs): (Fall/Spring) Rehabilitation is described as part of a larger system of state/federal programs, complemented by private, not-for-profit facilities. The scope of services and interface with other systems is emphasized. Legal and historical bases are explored, as well as current practice and concerns within the field. Exposure to varied settings is provided through class activities.
RHAB 67725 Psycho-Social Impact of Disability (3 hrs): (Fall) An ecological approach to disability is used through the writings of sociologists, psychologists, and educators. The concepts of stigma, somatopsychology, coping, sexual adjustment, parenting, societal rehabilitation, and adjustment to loss are emphasized.
RHAB 67729 Measurement and Appraisal in Rehabilitation (3 hrs): (Fall/Summer) Review of measurement theory and principles as applied in rehabilitation. Instruments used in vocational assessment are demonstrated.
EVAL 65510 Statistics I for Educational Services: (All Semesters) Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics used in educational services research: univariate and bivariate techniques (correlation and simple regression); hypothesis testing; non-parametric techniques. Enhanced use of the GB-STAT package.
RHAB 67723 Medical Information for Rehabilitation Counselors (3 hrs): (Spring) Rehabilitation counselors must know the effect of injury or disease to the body systems and the newest medical treatment and rehabilitation technology available to their clients. Skills in consultation and rehabilitation planning are taught through the use of selected speakers. Demonstrations of techniques or equipment are utilized to acquaint students with advances in technology.
RHAB 67731 Individual Counseling Techniques for Rehabilitation Counselors (3 hrs): (All Semesters) Didactic and experiential training in basic interviewing and counseling techniques prepares the student for practicum. This course focuses on the development of a belief system as a rehabilitation counselor, skills in communication, interviewing, problem identification, goal setting, and program development. Counseling theories are learned through lecture and readings. Skills are achieved through the lectures, demonstration, audiotape analysis, and group practice.
RHAB 67732 Occupational Aspects of Disability (3 hrs): (Fall/Spring) Rehabilitation counselors must be vocational experts if they are to assist clients gaining independence. Sources of labor market information are studied. Procedures for using this information in rehabilitation planning are discussed. Analyzing a job for requirements is emphasized, as are industrial surveys. Federal regulations regarding employment of persons with disabilities are reviewed. Placement and job retention strategies are compared and practiced, consistent with career development theory.
CES 68182 Career Counseling (3 hrs): (Fall/Spring) Survey of principles and practices of career development and guidance. Three substantive themes are included: world of work and vocational resources, theories of career choice and adjustment, and practical models and methods for providing career guidance to individuals and groups.
RHAB 67743 Psychiatric Rehabilitation (3 hrs): (Spring) The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to understand psychiatric disabilities, current treatments, and rehabilitation strategies. Psychiatric rehabilitation begins with the development of an understanding of mental health and psychological issues. Through lectures, discussions, case histories, research findings and readings, students will develop an informed perspective on psychiatric disabilities, prevailing diagnostic practices, psychopharmacology, psychosocial rehabilitation, and structure and procedures of the mental health system.
RHAB 67744 Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation (3 hrs): (Fall) The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to understand substance-related disabilities and the major movements in their treatment. Through lectures, research findings, readings, interviews, and discussion, the student will develop an educated perspective on drug-related disabilities. Students are exposed to a review of substance abuse treatments, trends, modalities, and community agencies. Students will learn about the vocational implications of substance abuse, vocational assessment issues, and job placement options.
RHAB 67792 Individual Counseling Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling (4 hrs total - 2 hrs/semester): (All Semesters) Students gain practical experience by working 100 hours, 40 of which must be in direct service of indeviduals with disabilities, in a rehabilitation agency or facility under the direction of a certified rehabilitation counselor. In this experience, they begin to develop counseling, coordination, and case management skills.
RHAB 67776 Seminar on Research in Disabilities (3 hrs): (Spring/Summer) Students learn to develop a systematic approach to testing theories and practice of rehabilitation through research, to review and interpret journal articles for personal and professional use, and to utilize databases established in rehabilitation research.
RHAB 67728 Adjustment and Training Groups in Rehabilitation (3 hrs): (Fall) The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to understand the function of groups in various settings. Groups are studied as interventions for adjustment to disability. Skill training is accomplished through readings, lectures, and experiential approaches.
RHAB 67892 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling (6 hrs): (All Semesters) Students work five days per week in a rehabilitation agency or facility under the direction of a certified rehabilitation counselor. Every student must complete 600 hrs of internship which must include at least 240 hours of direct service to individuals with disabilities. The student assumes more responsibility for client services during this advanced placement.