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Rehabilitation counseling educates students in mental health counseling, co‐occurring chronic illnesses and disabilities, and the importance of employment/careers as a means for people with disabilities to achieve financial independence. It is a holistic approach to working with people with a variety of disabilities who represent diverse cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.

Prepare for a Wide Spectrum of Work

Our program prepares students for counseling careers in a variety of settings, and for licensure as mental health counselors. We offer a 60-credit master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling, along with a 48-credit master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling.

Our clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling program is designed for students who wish to become mental health counselors with a specialization in working with people with disabilities. Upon completion of all academic and licensure requirements, graduates have a wide range of employment options in diverse settings.

The 48-credit program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Our 60-credit program is taught to CACREP standards and, with appropriate supervised experience, graduates are eligible for the national examination to become certified as a rehabilitation counselor. Our rehabilitation counseling programs prepare students to counsel people with disabilities in order to help them manage their mental health, substance abuse, medical, societal and personal problems; plan careers; and find and keep satisfying jobs.

Program Spotlight: Jan Jackson

Growing up, Jan Jackson '14, '17 (M) dreamed of being a police officer and protecting the most vulnerable in society. But as she took undergraduate courses in psychology and social work at Salve Regina, she realized that maybe another path was opening up – the path of a counselor that works directly with victims.

Jackson started her master's degree in rehabilitation counseling after completing her bachelor's degree in administration of justice. She also jumped into the mental health field quickly after program director Dr. Judith Drew helped Jackson find a job at Newport Mental Health as a case manager and vocational specialist.

 She was nothing but supportive about everything and anything that you would come to her with. Right from the get-go, she was like, 'What do you want to do? You need to be in the field, you need to be experiencing real-life situations.' 

 

Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

  • Time to complete: 2.5 years

  • Program format: Online (synchronous)

  • Application deadline: March 1, July 1 or Nov. 1

Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.)

  • Time to complete: 2 years

  • Program format: Online (synchronous)

  • Application deadline: March 1, July 1 or Nov. 1

Our Faculty

Our faculty are seasoned professionals who are experts in their field. Instructors work one-on-one with students to meet their individual needs while serving as career-focused mentors.​

 

Meet Our Faculty

Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

19 courses | 60 credits

Required courses:

  • RHB500: Research Methods
  • RHB506: Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • RHB508: Human Growth and Development
  • RHB509: Counseling and Personality Theory
  • RHB510: Cross-Cultural Issues in Counseling
  • RHB513: Couples and Family Counseling
  • RHB515: Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • RHB516: Group Counseling and Group Work
  • RHB517: Career Counseling
  • RHB518: Appraisal
  • RHB520: Practicum and Seminar I: Motivational Interviewing
  • RHB527: Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment
  • RHB540: Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability
  • RHB550: Vocational Rehabilitation, Case Management and Employment
  • RHB603: Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals

Clinical requirements:

  • RHB521: Practicum and Seminar II
  • RHB570: Rehabilitation Counseling Internship and Seminar
  • RHB608: Advanced Internship II and Seminar in Mental Health: CBT
  • RHB609: Advanced Internship II and Seminar in Mental Health: Trauma-Informed Care

State Licensing Exam Requirements

After completing the coursework and clinical requirements, students must complete 2,000 hours of a clinical internship under the supervision of an on-site clinical supervisor who meets the standards of the board of licensure for the state in which they intend to practice.

Professional licensure disclosure

Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.)

15 courses | 48 credits

Required courses:

  • RHB500: Research Methods
  • RHB506: Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • RHB508: Human Growth and Development
  • RHB509: Counseling and Personality Theory
  • RHB510: Cross-Cultural Issues in Counseling
  • RHB513: Couples and Family Counseling
  • RHB516: Group Counseling and Group Work
  • RHB517: Career Counseling
  • RHB518: Appraisal
  • RHB520: Practicum and Seminar I: Motivational Interviewing
  • RHB527: Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment
  • RHB540: Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability
  • RHB550: Vocational Rehabilitation, Case Management and Employment

Clinical requirements

  • RHB521: Practicum and Seminar II
  • RHB570: Rehabilitation Counseling Internship and Seminar