The Department of Counselor Education
offers a 48 credit hour program (16 courses) leading to the Master of
Arts in Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares students for employment
in settings such as:
rehabilitation programs (CRPs)
State and federal
systems of vocational rehabilitation (in Illinois, the
Division of Rehabilitation Services)
Veterans Affairs (VA)
agencies including substance abuse programs and training and
counselors give guidance to people with disabilities
resulting from birth defects, illness, disease,
accidents, or the stress of daily life. From a holistic
perspective, they help people deal with the personal,
social, and vocational effects of disabilities. They deal
with the "whole person" and work with each client to develop
an individualized rehabilitation plan may include training
to increase the individual's capacity to live independently
and in many cases help to develop job skills, obtain jobs,
and the be included in the community.
Examples of their
job duties are:
strengths and limitations of individuals
personal and vocational/career counseling
medical and restorative care, vocational training, and/or
Accreditation, Licensure, and CertificationThe
Department of Counselor Education Rehabilitation Counseling program is
committed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities by
providing qualified (CRC-eligible)
professional rehabilitation counselors trained in the current best
practices of rehabilitation services to work in public and private
agencies serving a diverse state and nation.
The M.A. in Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited
by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).
The Rehabilitation Counseling degree fulfills the educational
requirements for the two levels of licensure as professional counselors
in the State of Illinois: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).
The Rehabilitation Counseling degree also meets the educational
requirements for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential
after passing the necessary certification examination.
qualified rehabilitation counselors-in-training who are committed
to working with people with disabilities from widely diverse
cultures, abilities, dispositions, and backgrounds.
train future counselors in effective, sensitive strategies and methods of
practice to assist persons from diverse background to obtain their
maximum functioning in their community including work.
retain counselors-in-training so that they may reach their maximum level
of competency, preparation, and satisfaction in their chosen career.
competently trained rehabilitation counselors into community public
and private agencies serving persons with disabilities ethically,
competently, and sensitively respectful of each person's unique
background, value systems, and abilities.
the community with competent and current services and resources that
improves the lives of persons with disability and, in turn,
enriching the quality of life for all.
The goals of the
Rehabilitation Counseling program are to facilitate the client's maximum
functioning and quality of life in their environment of choice,
including work. The program also combines elements of medical,
psychological, social, and communication skills and provides graduates
with a set of competencies that allows them to function as capable,
effective rehabilitation counseling professionals.
Selection into program
The faculty will
assess applicants using the following criteria:
graduate level study
success in forming effective interpersonal relationships in
individual and small groups (individuals with disabilities, their
families, and significant others)
self-examination and potential for personal and professional
working with people with disabilities
The program currently receives the Rehabilitation Services
Administration Long-Term Training Grant (RSA LTTG). This five-year
grant provides $750,000 in funding to train students and runs through
the 2014-15 academic year.