Rehabilitation Counseling

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.

Our Program

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.

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, our rehabilitation counseling program prepares 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. With appropriate supervised experience, graduates are eligible for the national examination to become certified as a rehabilitation counselor.

Courses are offered at our Center for Adult Education in Warwick, Rhode Island. Select courses may also be offered online and at our Newport campus.

Program Spotlight: Brain Games

Andrew Karp ’17 (M) was attracted to Salve’s rehabilitation counseling program by the opportunity to customize his education, allowing him to pursue budding interests in research and neuropsychology. Working with program director Dr. Judith Drew, he secured a clinical internship with neuropsychologist Dr. Francis Sparadeo.

 Dr. Drew really personalized what I'm doing to me, which is why I ultimately chose the program. Everyone isn't getting the same cookie-cutter experience. I did something totally different than anyone else in the program, and I know for a fact that other students also had their own personalized journey. 

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
  • RHB505: Foundations of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling    
  • RHB508: Human Growth and Development
  • RHB509: Counseling and Personality Theory
  • RHB 513: Couples and Family Counseling
  • RHB516: Group Process
  • RHB527: Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment
  • RHB535: Career Development and Counseling
  • RHB540: Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability
  • RHB542: Evaluation and Assessment
  • RHB550: Vocational Rehabilitation, Case Management and Employment
  • RHB601: Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • RHB603: Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals
  • RHB605: Diagnosis and Assessment

Clinical requirements:

  • RHB520: Practicum and Seminar I
  • 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 60 credits of coursework and clinical requirements, students must complete 1,000 hours of a clinical internship under the supervision of both a University supervisor and an on-site approved clinical supervisor who meet the standards of the board of licensure for their state.

Following this clinical supervision, students must have a minimum of two years of experience offering clinical or counseling services with emphasis on mental health counseling, including 2,000 hours of direct client contact. During this two-year period, students must also receive a minimum of 100 hours of clinical supervision by an approved supervisor before being eligible to sit for many state licensing exams.

Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.)

14 courses | 48 credits

Required courses:

  • RHB500: Research Methods
  • RHB505: Foundations for Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • RHB508: Human Growth and Development
  • RHB 513: Couples and Family Counseling
  • RHB516: Group Process
  • RHB527: Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment
  • RHB535: Career Development
  • RHB540: Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability
  • RHB542: Evaluation and Assessment
  • RHB550: Vocational Rehabilitation, Case Management and Employment
  • RHB601: Cross-Cultural Counseling

Clinical requirements

  • RHB520: Practicum and Seminar I
  • RHB521: Practicum and Seminar II
  • RHB570: Rehabilitation Counseling Internship and Seminar
 

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