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We have transitioned to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. 

Click here to learn more about the new program.

The information below pertains to the former Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (CRMHC) program. 

The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is a two-year graduate program housed in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology.

Program Summary
60 credits  Program starts fall term only
2 years (5 terms including 1 summer term if enrolled full-time) 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship; Average class size: 23 students

This program prepares students to practice the profession of rehabilitation and mental health counseling and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) through October 2023. The modified Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will begin its accreditation review starting in July 2022 - we anticipate receiving full continued accreditation for the updated program by August 2023. 

The in-person program emphasizes hands-on skills practice in class that supplements didactic content delivery. The curriculum includes courses on rehabilitation research, foundations of rehabilitation and mental health counseling, individual and group counseling services, medical and psycho-social aspects of disability, case conceptualization and treatment planning, case management, vocational and career development, assessment and diagnosis, job development and placement, rehabilitation science and assistive technology and disability studies. One summer term is reserved for practicum. See curriculum for more information.

Graduates meet the 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 Pennsylvania. 

Our Mission

The Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (CRMHC) program delivers an innovative educational experience by integrating training in rehabilitation and mental health counseling into a holistic and cohesive graduate program for future professional counselors. We strive to be a world class educational program, preparing our students to address the complex challenges faced by people of diverse backgrounds living with disabilities including mental and behavioral health challenges. CRMHC emphasizes experiential training in evidence-based practices while advancing the field through clinical research. We are committed to community engagement, advocacy, and promoting diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility.

Program Objectives

Program Graduates will:

  1. Integrate and perform essential skills in clinical assessment and interviewing, case conceptualization, and counseling interventions.
  2. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in real and simulated client interactions.
  3. Demonstrate competency with clinical research methods, including program evaluation and delivery of evidence-based care.
  4. Integrate personal, cultural, social, economic, disability-related, and environmental factors in case conceptualization and counseling interventions.
  5. Demonstrate their mental health counseling professional identity and values as evidenced by self-awareness, engagement with professional counseling organizations, and a commitment to advocacy and social justice.