Counseling and Rehabilitation Education

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The mission of the graduate program in Counseling and Rehabilitation Education is to promote the professional counseling identity by preparing counselors in training to provide ethical, culturally-inclusive practices that sustain and empower those individuals with physical, mental or emotional needs. Faculty promote the emotional, relational, and academic potential of all students by their commitment to the creation and maintenance of a relevant and innovative environment for teaching and learning.

The Counseling and Rehabilitation Education program provides conceptual and experiential learning experiences to enhance the professional development of graduate students in these key transformational areas:

  1. The development of a personal definition of counseling
  2. The adoption of responsibility for professional growth
  3. A sensitivity to cultural differences and social justice advocacy
  4. A philosophy that supports wellness across the lifespan
  5. The skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to provide clinical counseling services to individuals with physical, developmental, emotional and mental health needs.

The Counseling and Rehabilitation Education program offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Science degree with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. The purpose of the graduate program is to prepare professional counselors to engage in professional practice and research in their program areas of interest. The program coursework meets the educational requirements to allow students to apply for certification and licensure in Illinois. Students, in concert with their adviser, develop academic plans that capitalize on student interests and capabilities.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling and Rehabilitation Education

The M.S. in Counseling and Rehabilitation Education (CARE) offers two concentrations: clinical mental health counseling or clinical rehabilitation counseling. The course of study consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours and involves a blend of academic and clinical experiences. Graduates from these programs are prepared to pursue advanced graduate studies or assume roles as professional counselors in the work setting of their choice.

Central to any program is a unified curriculum rather than a collection of courses. The core curriculum required of all M.S. in CARE degree candidates include: Professional Identity & Ethics, Cross Cultural Counseling, Human Growth and Development, the Helping Relationship, Group Work, Assessment, Research and Evaluation, Addictions, Diagnosis & Treatment, and Crisis Assessment & Intervention. In addition, students are required to complete nine credit hours of clinical experiences and may choose between a comprehensive exam and a research paper for final requirements of the program. M.S. in CARE degree candidates must complete the core counseling courses with a B or better and Clinical Experiences with a Satisfactory (s) grade. A grade of DEF needs to be completed within one year. A grade of U would mean dismissal from the program.

M.S. in CARE Core Coursework

  • CARE 461: Introduction to Substance Use Disorders & Behavioral Addictions (3 CH)
  • CARE 500: Interpersonal Skills for Professional Helpers (3 CH)
  • CARE 505: Professional Identity and Ethics (3 CH)
  • CARE 512: Development & Sexuality Across the Lifespan (3 CH)
  • CARE 541: Counseling Theory (3 CH)
  • CARE 542: Career Development & Theory (3 CH)
  • CARE 543: Group Theory & Counseling (3 CH)
  • CARE 544: Assessment &Testing (3 CH)
  • CARE 545: Cross Cultural Factors (3 CH)
  • CARE 546: Crisis and Counseling (3 CH)
  • CARE 547: Research & Program Evaluation (3 CH)
  • CARE 549: Diagnosis & Treatment in Counseling (3 CH)
  • CARE 548A -OR- CARE 548B: Practicum (3 CH)
  • CARE 591: Internship (6 CH)
  • QUAN 402 -OR- QUAN 506: Statistics or Inferential Statistics (3-4 CH)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration

The concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling gives students the expertise needed to work in a variety of settings, including agencies, group practices, substance abuse treatment centers, hospitals, residential treatment centers, and employee assistance programs. The course of study for the concentration in clinical mental health counseling consists of a minimum of 12 credit hours in addition to completion of the core counseling coursework required for the master’s degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation Education.

The required program of study is:

  • CARE 501: Practices & Processes in Clinical Mental Health
  • CARE 540: Special Topics in Counselor Education
  • CARE 548C: Advanced Group Work -OR- 
  • CARE 548E: Advanced Family Work
  • CARE 590: Trauma and Interpersonal Violence

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration

The concentration in clinical rehabilitation counseling is designed to prepare students to work with individuals who are experiencing physical, developmental sensory, cognitive, and mental health disabilities, in a wide array of public, private and community funded work settings. The course of study for the concentration in clinical rehabilitation counseling consists of a minimum of 12 credit hours in addition to completion of the core counseling coursework required for the M.S. in Counseling and Rehabilitation Education.

The required program of study is:

  • CARE 551: Clinical Rehabilitation Theory and Practice
  • CARE 513: Medical Aspects of Disability
  • CARE 575: Clinical Rehabilitation Case Management and Community Resources
  • CARE 533: Vocational Testing and Measurement -OR- 
  • CARE 445B: Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Admission and Retention

Students seeking admission to the M.S. in Counseling and Rehabilitation Education degree program must apply to and meet requirements for admission to the Graduate School and be approved by the CARE program faculty. An undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 (A = 4.0), three letters of recommendation, evidence of successful experience or commitment to the profession and a personal interview are required for admission. Each application is considered on an individual basis. Professional qualifications, graduate courses taken, and student goals are also considered.

This program requires a nonrefundable $65 application fee that must be submitted with the application for Admissions to the Graduate School. Applicants must pay this fee by credit card.

The adviser, along with the faculty of the program area, is responsible for reviewing student progress each semester. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, receive an S in all clinical experience courses, and to be progressing toward their professional goals within the guidelines formulated in the advisement process. Failure to make progress or violations of school, college, or Graduate School regulations may result in dismissal from the program.

In the event a student is believed to be in violation of ethical or professional behavior that is a serious threat to client welfare, faculty or the clinical supervisor may prohibit the student from seeing clients pending initiation and completion of a faculty review. If the faculty determine that formal actions are needed, the review procedure moves directly to a formal hearing with the student. Lack of participation in this hearing by the student shall result in removal of the student from the program. Our remediation procedure is detailed in the Masters Student Handbook.

Specific information about programs and how to apply may be obtained by calling 618/536-7763 or contacting the School of Health Sciences,