Have you checked out our newest counseling program, Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling? Built upon the foundation of this curriculum, our new program is accredited by both CACREP and CORE and offers many exciting job opportunities. Find it here!
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.
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 2017. 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 36 students. Approximately 15% percent of the
students are from underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities.
Since August 2010, a total of 73 students have enrolled into the program and 34students 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/.
The current grade point average
of the students in the program is 3.72. All students passed their clinical coursework. From 2012-2015, almost 75% of University of Pittsburgh graduates have opted to take, and
passed, the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam. Further, 94%
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.
program has three 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 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.
further information, e-mail Michael
McCue, PhD, or call 412-383-6589. Information for current and
Information regarding Rehabilitation Counseling student
manuals, handbooks, theses and scholarly paper guidelines, and practicum or
internship forms can be found in Rehabilitation Counseling