MS in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling

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Overview

Rehabilitation counseling is a process whereby the counselor works collaboratively with an individual with a disability to understand existing problems, barriers, and potentials in order to facilitate the client’s effective use of personal and environmental resources for personal, social, career, and community adjustment. 

This program prepares students to practice the profession of rehabilitation counseling. The two-year, 60-credit hour curriculum is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and includes courses on rehabilitation research, foundations of rehabilitation counseling, counseling services, medical and psycho-social aspects of disability, case management, vocational and career development, assessment, job development and placement, rehabilitation science and assistive technology, and disability studies. 

Graduates meet eligibility criteria for national certification in rehabilitation counseling (i.e., certified rehabilitation counselor, CRC) and the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

The program is one of the only rehabilitation counselor training programs in the world that requires specialty course work and clinical field experience in assistive technology, in addition to providing comprehensive professional training that emphasizes evidence-based clinical practice, vocational rehabilitation, and disability studies.

Program Outcomes

In compliance with accreditation requirements (Standard A.5), the Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2015. The master’s degree program has a goal of admitting 15-20 students in each graduate cohort. The rehabilitation counseling program has a rolling admission process and admits students each year in the fall and the spring. Student outcomes are evaluated each year using multiple metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation to assess student learning, faculty effectiveness, as well as course and curriculum effectiveness.Currently, the graduate program has a total of 39 students. Approximately 20% percent of the students are from underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities.  Since 2010, a total of 45 students have enrolled into the program and 43 students have graduated. The majority of students attend full-time and these students complete the program in approximately 2 years over 6 terms.  Part-time students generally complete the program in 4 years.  The total program tuition for in-state students is approximately $55,000 for the 6 semesters.  The rehabilitation counseling program offers support to students through departmental and school wide scholarships. Twenty-percent of our students have been supported by these scholarships. Students also receive support in the form of pre-doctoral fellowships. Pre-doctoral fellowships are 20-hour/week clinical or research positions that provide a stipend to the student. Each year, approximately 20-25% of the rehabilitation counseling students are supported by these fellowships.  Additional information about school wide scholarships can be found at http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/scholarships/ .  All students passed their clinical coursework. During the same 2009-2012 span, almost 90% of University of Pittsburgh graduates have opted to take, and passed, the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam.  Further, 96% of the graduates since 2010 have gained employment within the first 6 months following graduation or are pursuing advanced academic degrees.  Typical settings where graduates work include the state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, community rehabilitation facilities, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and other not-for-profit rehabilitation agencies.  The program has four full-time faculty and nine part-time faculty members who teach the CORE accredited curriculum. In addition to the full-time rehabilitation counseling faculty, the part-time faculty members are from a multitude of disciplines that offers diversity to the program. These part-time faculty members include rehabilitation engineers, physical and occupational therapists, policy and information technology specialists. The current grade point average of the students in the program is 3.66.The rehabilitation counseling program is housed within the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology. Due to the mission of the department, the rehabilitation counseling program has a strong emphasis in assistive technology, offering a certificate opportunity to students. To date, over 96% of all students have elected to participate in the assistive technology certificate.Comprehensive student learning is measured through a scholarly paper/thesis or through a clinical case study presentation and portfolio.  Ninety-six percent of students who have entered the program since 2010 have passed this comprehensive evaluation.  The rehabilitation counseling curriculum has been deemed to meet academic standards (60 credits) for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania as a professional counselor, along with the CRC serving as the LPC examination.  

For further information, e-mail Michael McCue, PhD, or call 412-383-6589.  Information for current and prospective students

Information regarding Rehabilitation Counseling student manuals, handbooks, theses and scholarly paper guidelines, and practicum or internship forms can be found in Rehabilitation Counseling Student Resources 

 

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