Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling M.S.

Next Start Date January 10, 2022


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Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling

Help People Reach Their Full Potential

The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, prepares students to help people overcome, physical disabilities, substance abuse disorders, and mental illnesses enabling them to become more productive members of society. The scope of practice for graduates of this degree is expansive, covering a wide spectrum of work with people who have disabilities. The degree requires 63 credit hours for completion. This is a low-residency program, requiring two site visits to campus. The remainder of the program is completed online.

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  • Low-Residency
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  • January 10, 2022
  • August 17, 2022
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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.

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