Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling M.S.

August 21, 2019
Next Start Date
Per Credit Hour


The online Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program is unique in its ability to provide dual specializations under the umbrella of one program of study. Students participate in coursework in clinical rehabilitation counseling and clinical mental health counseling.


One of only 23 such programs in the country, this combination gives graduates the knowledge and skills to operate in a variety of counseling settings, including mental health centers and practices, physical and vocational rehabilitation agencies and companies, hospitals, in the field of addiction counseling and wellness programming, among others. Many of our graduates work in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as vocational rehabilitation counselors or mental health counselors.



Most importantly, the education provides excellent background for working in the world of integrative healthcare. Graduates can provide a comprehensive counseling approach for people in recovery from traumatic injuries, neurological events or disorders, mental health disorders, and chronic health conditions, to include addictions. They are also prepared to provide assistance to those with developmental disabilities and ageing related health conditions.



This may include counseling or related interventions in mental health, lifestyle, social connection and finding work and purpose as part of habilitation, rehabilitation or recovery. All of their efforts address the process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.



The CRMHC program was accredited as a dual specialty program in clinical rehabilitation counseling and clinical mental health counseling by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in July 2017 until 2024.


Certifications help with career prospects, establish standards for the profession, and create opportunities for professional development. There are a couple of national certifications our students consider. Students in their last semester are eligible to sit for certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Others include the certification provided by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and/or they sit for the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination. Depending on the state, one or all of these may qualify for the examination portion of licensure as a professional counselor. For more information, check with your state licensing board.



Prospective students are encouraged to contact before making formal application. Applicants are evaluated on both their academic readiness and professional readiness to be successful in the program. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree with a 2.8 grade point average from an accredited institution. The best prepared are those with coursework in the human relations field. Students must take the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test.

Application Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Submit the Supplemental Department Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • A statement of purpose as outlined in the departmental application
  • GRE or MAT scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores for International Students
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


    electronically sent to

The objective data (undergraduate major, grade point average, Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test, work experience, letters of recommendation, and quality of application) are given weightings. These scores are used to select applicants for interviews. Final selection is made following structured personal interviews which assess the applicant’s knowledge of rehabilitation, goals, motivation to pursue a degree, interpersonal skills, and intellectual ability.


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Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2018-2019


Per Credit Hour


Per Credit Hour

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.


The program requires 63 credit hours of academic study to include two clinical experience in an approved counseling site, a 150 hour counseling practicum and a 600 hour Clinical Internship (300 hours in each counseling specialty). There is a Fall and Spring term cohort admission. Two courses are online with two immersion weeks, one associated with COUN 501 Counseling Theories and Techniques and the other, COUN 609 Group Counseling.


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The curriculum consists of the following courses:

REHB 600. Introduction to Rehabilitation Services. 3 Hours. PR: Consent. Introduction to comprehensive rehabilitation, its history and development as a philosophy process, and professional area. Professional and ethical issues in rehabilitation counseling. Other services involved in various rehabilitation settings.


REHB 610. Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation. 3 Hours. PR: Consent. An overview of medical aspects and implications of disability for the person in the rehabilitation process. Studies of the more common severe disabilities and their remediation also will be included.


REHB 612. Disability Across the Lifespan. 3 Hours. A study of the psychological adjustment of disability across the lifespan, using a model of understanding stages of human development including cultural, interpersonal, and interpersonal factors. Includes information on appropriate interventions.


REHB 620. Career Development and Job Placement. 3 Hours. PR: Consent and graduate standing in social sciences or education. Principles and methods involved in the vocational counseling and placement of disabled persons. The use of occupational and educational information. Theories of career development, occupational analysis, and job placement in rehabilitation.


REHB 624. Rehabilitation Client Services. 3 Hours. PR: REHB 620. The planning and management of client services focusing on serving the public and private sectors. The Human Service and Rehabilitation Service Systems will be explored considering both career and independent living issues.


REHB 680. Research Seminar/Introduction to Research. 3 Hours. Basic concepts, strategies, methodologies, designs, and procedures of counseling-related research. Major emphasis on integrating research designs, measurements, and statistics for initiating research and program evaluation projects, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting and reporting findings. 


COUN 501. Counseling Theory and Techniques 1. 3 Hours. PR: Consent. Development and application of basic counseling skills including interviewing, clinical observations, and a general orientation to counseling theory and settings. Evaluation will be based on strengths and deficits in intra- and interpersonal skills and on demonstration of counseling skills in checkout situations. In-setting laboratory experience required. Note: Attendance at an intensive week on campus is mandatory for skill development. 


COUN 505. Theory and Practice of Human Appraisal. 3 Hours. An overview of standardized evaluation methods commonly utilized in educational and rehabilitation settings. Experience is provided in selection, administration, ethical standards, and interpretation of selected instruments.


COUN 606. Counseling Theory and Techniques 2. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 501 and consent. A study of counseling approaches commonly used in public schools, colleges, and rehabilitation agencies. Application of theory emphasized.


COUN 609. Group Counseling Theory and Techniques. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 606 and consent. Theories of group counseling and demonstrations of specific group techniques. Ethical standards. Evaluation will be based on expertise in group facilitation. Note: Attendance at an intensive week on campus is mandatory for skill development; the portion associated with COUN 608 is the first 2.5 days.


COUN 634. Cultural Issues. 3 Hours. PR: Program major or consent. The impact of cultural differences on the counseling process including gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and counseling styles will be discussed. Racial identity development models will be discussed. Group and experiential activities are required.


COUN 640. Addictions Counseling. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 501 and PR or CONC: COUN 606 or Consent. Specific techniques and models that apply to counseling the addicted client will be explored. Chemical addictions, food addictions, relationship addictions, sexual addictions, and ethics will be addressed. Demonstration of counseling clients with various addictions is required.


COUN 645. Couples and Family Counseling. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 501, COUN 606 or Consent. Techniques and methods of couples and family counseling. Emphasis on ethics, diversity, theory and practice of couples and family counseling. Demonstration of counseling skills for couples and families is required.


COUN 664. Ethical Issues in Counseling. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 501 and COUN 606. Surveys the legal and ethical issues and professional ethics codes in the counseling profession. Ethical principles applied to schools, agencies, and private practice. 


COUN 665. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 536 and COUN 606. Framework for exploring the range of personality and behavioral disorders as described in the DSM. Focus on: descriptive criteria, etiology, assessment, diagnosis, multicultural considerations, psychotropic treatments of, and understanding of the major diagnostic categories.


COUN 668. Crisis Trauma Grief Counseling. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 501. Application of theories and techniques related to crisis, trauma, suicide, childhood trauma, disaster mental health issues, and all aspects of grief counseling will be explored.


REHB 672. Counseling Practicum. 3 Hours. PR: Graduate standing, liability insurance, and consent. Supervised experience in the application of counseling techniques in the rehabilitation process. Demonstration of high professional standards, counseling skills, and personal characteristics appropriate to the counseling relationship are essential.


REHB 675. Clinical Practice. 12 Hours. PR: Consent. Clinical practice (internship) in selected agencies, rehabilitation centers, clinics, or hospitals conducting an organized program of services for the physically, mentally, emotionally, or socially handicapped. Practice will be under direct supervision of faculty and agency personnel. Note: Attendance at an intensive week on campus is mandatory; the portion associated with REHB 675 is the internship seminar and program evaluation days. 

Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling M.S. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Professional certifications or licensure may be required for some positions.


Mental Health Counselor

Sample of reported job titles: Behavior Analyst, Behavior Support Specialist (BSS), Case Manager, Clinician, Correctional Counselor, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Specialist, Mental Health Therapist, Therapist

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Rehabilitation Counselor

Sample of reported job titles: Case Manager, Human Services Care Specialist, Job Coach, Program Coordinator, Program Specialist, Rehabilitation Counselor, Rehabilitation Specialist, Vocational Case Manager, Vocational Placement Specialist, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor

Sample of reported job titles: Addictions Counselor, Case Manager, Chemical Dependency Counselor (CD Counselor), Chemical Dependency Professional, Clinical Counselor, Correctional Substance Abuse Counselor, Counselor, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist (DATS), Prevention Specialist, Substance Abuse Counselor

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Marriage and Family Therapist (some states)

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Healthcare Social Worker/Counselor/Therapist

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Career and Vocational Counselor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).