Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (MS)

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (MS)

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The Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling was designed as a direct result of the expressed need for professionally trained rehabilitation counselors in the growing Rio Grande Valley, the state of Texas, and across the nation. The degree is offered by the School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling in the College of Health Affairs. The program focuses on an integration of theory, skill and practice in counseling, specializing in working with persons with disabilities. Students are prepared with the education needed to successfully function as a professional rehabilitation counselor and are required to complete a 100‐hour supervised practicum and a 600‐hour supervised internship to learn and practice the necessary skills to work as a professional counselor. The Master's degree is a minimum 60‐semester hour program. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination before graduation.
 
Mission and Objectives
The Master of Science degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling was designed to meet a growing demand for professionally trained counselors in public and private rehabilitation agencies, mental health centers, schools, substance abuse centers, vocational rehabilitation agencies, and in medical case management. The program philosophy is to assist and empower persons with disabilities in adjusting/adapting to their vocational and personal lives.
The major objective of the Masters’ degree is to prepare students for a profession in rehabilitation counseling by providing classroom and experiential skills development in individual and group counseling, vocational  assessment,  job  analysis  and  placement,  medical  and psychosocial aspects of disability, case management, research in rehabilitation, and psychiatric rehabilitation.
The Masters’ degree in rehabilitation counseling at UTRGV is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and adheres to the curriculum goals and objectives defined by these national standards. As such, students who successfully complete the requirements of this program are immediately eligible to sit for the certifying exam as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).
 
Additionally, students may complete the appropriate coursework needed for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

 

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  • Why UTRGV?

    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. There is no application fee.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a related field. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Personal statement. Submission of a double‐spaced, two‐page, typed essay as to why you want to pursue a master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling and become a counselor. Applicants must include educational and career goals, knowledge concerning cultural sensitivity and any pertinent personal characteristics deemed appropriate. Please include information about professional/work experience related to the field of rehabilitation and past interactions involving individuals with disabilities (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly).
    • One letter of recommendation from an employer and one letter of recommendation from a former professor.
    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:
    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    Additional requirements for international applicants:
    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
    • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.
    UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:
    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.
  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Elizabeth Palacios

    Phone: (956) 665-3734

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EHABW 2.320

    E-Mail: elizabeth.palacios@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
    Application Deadline: March 15 October 1 March 15 N/A
     
  • Tuition Estimate

    Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
    Texas Resident $1,359.29 $3,563.87 $27,185.80
    Non-Resident/International $2,625.29 $7,361.87 $52,505.80


    *We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

  • Course Requirements

    Program Requirements
    Required Courses 60
    REHS 6300: Foundations in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling 3
    REHS 6305: Ethics, Legal and Professional Issues in Clinical Rehabilitation 3
    REHS 6310: Case Management in Rehabilitation 3
    REHS 6315: Research and Program Evaluation 3
    REHS 6320: Psychosocial Aspects of Disability 3
    REHS 6325: Group Counseling in Rehabilitation 3
    REHS 6330: Assessment and Testing 3
    REHS 6335: Addictions Counseling in Clinical Rehabilitation 3
    REHS 6340: Advanced Counseling and Diagnostics in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling 3
    REHS 6345: Medical Aspects of Disability 3
    REHS 6350: Career Development and Job Placement 3
    REHS 6355: Developmental Lifespan and Disability 3
    REHS 6360: Counseling Theories in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling  3
    REHS 6365: Multicultural and Social Diversity 3
    REHS 6370: Techniques in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling 3
    REHS 6375: Psychiatric Rehabilitation 3
    REHS 6385: Couple and Family Counseling 3
    REHS 6390: Practicum in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling 3

    Choose ONE from the following:

    REHS 7300: Internship in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling*
    REHS 7600: Internship in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling 6
    *Student will need to take REHS 7300 twice (300-hour per course) to complete the total require 600-hour applied internship experience.
     
    Capstone Requirement
    Written Comprehensive Exam
    Students can choose to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor examination, or the Department Comprehensive Examination.
    Total graduate hours for degree: 60

    Required Practicum and Internship Experience: 
    A minimum 100‐hour supervised practicum and 600‐hour supervised internship is required. This field‐based practical experience provides students with the opportunity to select and work for one semester in an approved rehabilitation setting. The practicum may be taken only after completion of REHS 6300, REHS 6360, and REHS 6370. The internship is generally completed in the student's final semester. These practical experiences permit students to gain exposure working with persons with disabilities and rehabilitation professionals under the direct supervision of a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

    Written Comprehensive Examination: 
    All candidates for graduate degrees of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program are required to successfully pass a Comprehensive Examination covering aspects of the student’s academic program.  Beginning for students entering the program in Summer/Fall 2018, each MS degree candidate must take and pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination.  The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is designed to measure a student’s level of mastery of the requisite knowledge and skills identified by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and other Educational Professions (CACREP) for the preparation of professional counselors. 

    The CPCE is administered on any school campus via desktop or laptop computers that meet specific system specifications. With this mode of administration, the examination is delivered via the Internet using a secure browser. This option is appealing because it’s less expensive per student ($75) and allows the most flexibility. Schools decide the date, time and location for their administration(s), thereby giving students the opportunity to test as a cohort in the comfort of their programs.


    Course Descriptions

    REHS 6300: Foundations in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling               [3‐0]

    An introduction to the broad field of human rehabilitation. Study includes historical, legislative and organizational bases; rehabilitation process; personnel standards and types of rehabilitation facilities.

    REHS 6305: Ethics, Legal and Professional Issues in Clinical Rehabilitation               [3‐0]

    This course will cover the professional counselor's knowledge base concerning ethical theories, principles, and the application of these principles to the counseling practice. Topics include the use of ethical codes, laws and ethical decision‐making to develop the counselor's critical thinking skills. The course will utilize lecture, experiential activities, processing of ethical dilemmas, discussion, role‐plays and group work.

    REHS 6310: Case Management in Rehabilitation               [3‐0]

    Procedures and processes in individualized case planning, recording, management and reporting systems used by rehabilitation professionals in providing and coordinating available services to persons with disabilities. Emphasis is upon the rehabilitation process, the professional/client relationship and interviewing techniques. Focus is upon case management in public, private and medical rehabilitation settings.

    REHS 6315: Research and Program Evaluation               [3‐0]

    An exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experimental designs with specific application to research in rehabilitation. Students will also demonstrate skills in the application and interpretation of statistical procedures utilizing a statistical software package.

    REHS 6320: Psychosocial Aspects of Disability               [3‐0]

    The course examines the psychological and social aspects of individual and family adjustment to disability and chronic illness. Included are findings in research on the adjustment process and on the relationship of psychological and social variables to the acquisition and maintenance of health.

    REHS 6325: Group Counseling in Rehabilitation               [3‐0]

    Group counseling with people with disabilities will address the approaches in‐group counseling with the different disability groups. The role of the counselor in‐group counseling will be emphasized. The course will include instruction and practice in the application of group procedures and processes as they apply to people with disabilities.

    Prerequisite: REHS 6360.

    REHS 6330: Assessment and Testing               [3‐0]

    Introduction to vocational assessment with focus on measurement concepts, procedures and practices used in conducting a systematic appraisal of individuals with handicapping conditions resulting from age, disease and trauma.

    REHS 6335: Addictions Counseling in Clinical Rehabilitation               [3‐0]

    This course focuses on the models of addictions and the cultural, ethical, legal, biological, psychopharmacological and familial aspects of addiction and disabilities. Assessment, treatment planning, aspects of behavior change, program planning and evaluation, and counseling issues will be addressed. Harm reduction, the continuum model of drug use, level of functioning and comorbidity (dual diagnosis) concepts will be explored.

    REHS 6340: Advanced Counseling and Diagnostics in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling           [3‐0]

    This course is designed to increase the student's understanding of the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, with an emphasis on special populations. Students will be introduced to the philosophical and empirical basis of psychiatric rehabilitation, including an overview of programming models, service‐system issues, and current research in psychological disorders and their treatment. Students will be able to demonstrate in‐depth understanding of the facts, concepts, and principles underlying and guiding the growth of the field of psychiatric rehabilitation through role‐playing, recorded interviews and counseling sessions, observation analysis, and evaluation of interviewing techniques. Throughout the course, focus will be placed on the consumer movement, ethical and legal aspects in counseling, and cross‐cultural issues.

    REHS 6345: Medical Aspects of Disability               [3‐0]

    Advanced studies in medical conditions most frequently encountered by rehabilitation professionals. A detailed study of the medical resources employed by professionals assisting people with disabilities will occur. Students will learn about the diagnosis, prognosis and vocational implications of various disabilities.

    REHS 6350: Career Development and Job Placement               [3‐0]

    Provides an overview of job placement based on a systems perspective. Students will have an opportunity to explore various job placement philosophies, programs and techniques as well as to gain hands‐on experience in job analysis, labor market analysis and career exploration.

    REHS 6355: Developmental Lifespan and Disability               [3‐0]

    The purpose of this course is to provide an overview on how biological, psychological, and social factors influence individual development throughout the lifespan. Special emphasis on the rehabilitative process and how it relates to human growth and development and disability‐related issues will be provided. Students will gain a working knowledge of the theories of human development, the needs of individuals with disabilities, and how to implement approaches and plans that enhance personal development, decision‐ making abilities, personal responsibility, and quality of life of individuals with disabilities across the life span. Students will learn to demonstrate counselor sensitivity to stressors and the role of positive attitudes in responding to coping barriers and challenges to facilitate the development of transition strategies to successfully complete the rehabilitation process.

    REHS 6360: Counseling Theories in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling               [3‐0]

    Study of major counseling theories and techniques with focus on principles and competencies in rehabilitation counseling, including special applications and modifications that may be required in counseling persons with mental, physical or emotional disabilities.

    REHS 6365: Multicultural and Social Diversity               [3‐0]

    The course provides students with the opportunity to identify their personal values, explore cultural diversity issues and enhance their ability to apply rehabilitation services to diverse populations. This course provides students with multicultural skills necessary to address the social and emotional issues cross‐culturally to people with disabilities. Students are able to perceive and conceptualize the multicultural factors that affect people with disabilities. They are able to provide culturally relevant rehabilitation counseling.

    REHS 6370: Techniques in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling               [3‐0]

    Study of current techniques utilized in rehabilitation counseling and rehabilitation client services. Structured learning experiences for development of competencies in utilization of the techniques with rehabilitation clients.

    Prerequisite:REHS 6360.

    REHS 6375: Psychiatric Rehabilitation               [3‐0]

    The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of abnormal psychology and to facilitate understanding of the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation as it relates to working with individuals with mental disorders and other disabilities. The course is also designed to teach students specific concepts, skills and competencies required to differentiate between normal human growth and development and abnormal human behavior and symptoms using the DSM‐IV‐TR.

    REHS 6385: Couple and Family Counseling               [3‐0]

    This course examines the history of and major contemporary approaches to couple and family counseling with special emphasis the impact of disability. Issues of gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability and other contextual factors as they relate to couple, marriage and family counseling are examined. This course focuses on helping students respond in a culturally sensitive, nonsexist and non‐prejudicial manner to the couples, families and individuals with disabilities they serve while considering the changing role of the family in society.

    REHS 6390: Practicum in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling               [3‐0]

    A minimum of 100 clock hours of supervised experiences in a clinically‐based rehabilitation counseling setting under the supervision of qualified rehabilitation faculty. Includes a one‐hour‐per‐week seminar in ethics and standards of practice in rehabilitation, as well as regularly scheduled weekly meetings for individual and group supervision.

    Prerequisite: REHS 6300, REHS 6360, REHS 6370, or program permission.

    REHS 7300: Internship in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling               [6‐0]

    A 300 - hour applied experience in the student's area of specialization in a rehabilitation agency or facility external to the University. Includes a 1 1/2 hour-per-week seminar and group supervision meeting. Prerequisites: Completion of all required coursework and practicum or program approval. This course will need to be repeated once (6 hours total) to meet program requirements.

    Prerequisite: REHS 6300, REHS 6360,  REHS 6370, AND REHS 6390.

    REHS 7600: Internship in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling               [6‐0]

    A 600‐hour applied experience in the student’s area of specialization in a rehabilitation agency or facility external to the University. Includes a one hour‐per‐week seminar and group supervision meeting.

    Prerequisite: Completion of all required coursework and practicum or program approval.

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