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Master of Science in Counselor Education with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares graduates for certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor in all fifty states and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Mississippi.
The M.S. program in Counseling with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling degree is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The mission of the counseling programs is the development of students who can practice in a variety of professional settings including K-12 schools, clinical mental health settings, and rehabilitation counseling settings.
Objectives of the Counseling Master’s Programs
The counseling programs mission statement serves as the basis for the development of program objectives and curriculum.
Program objectives and curricula are derived from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) eight common core areas that include studies in Professional Identity, Social and Cultural Foundations, Human Growth and Development, Career Development, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Assessment, and Research and Program Evaluation.
The objectives of the programs are divided into the following areas: (1) counseling core objectives, (2) concentration areas objective
Counseling Master’s Program Core Objectives
- Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the multiple professional roles and responsibilities of counselors and the ethical standards that apply to those roles and responsibilities.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of diversity though the application of multicultural, advocacy, and social justice practices and skills across client populations, settings and concerns.
- Student will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of factors that affect human development and abilities across the lifespan.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge, skills and strategies for assessing abilities, interests, values, personality and other factors that influence career development across the lifespan.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills to include application of theoretical frameworks and ethically and culturally relevant strategies for establishing and maintaining in- person and technology assisted relationships.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of types of groups related to client’s goals and other considerations that affect group work across varied counseling settings.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of statistical concepts and psychometric properties necessary to understand and utilize assessment information for diagnosis and treatment planning.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of evidence -based counseling practices used to inform counseling outcomes.
- Students will engage in multicultural, advocacy, and social justice practices in counseling.
Rehabilitation Counseling Objectives
Students will demonstrate skills in the application of theories, models, interventions, and practices in rehabilitation counseling necessary for clients to achieve personal, social, psychological, and vocational goals.
- The Master of Science degree program in Rehabilitation counseling is a planned program consisting of 60 semester hours.
- Our program provides unique training experiences for students by incorporating a university-based and community practicum and internship training sites which provides opportunities to develop professional counseling skills working with persons with disabilities in a variety of medical facilities, clinics, rehabilitation centers, private practices, community organizations, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, and other government agencies.
- Our program offers flexibility and options for students who are interested in being full-time or part-time students.
- Licensures: Graduates from our program meet the educational qualifications for:
- certification as Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC), a nationally recognized credential
- immediate eligibility for licensure as Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Mississippi. It is the responsibility of the student/graduate to register and complete the required supervision hours and exams for the LPC after graduation. LPC requirements are available on the Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors website
With the increasing demands for rehabilitation counselors to work with and improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families, this online RC program trains and equips working professionals and students from within and outside Mississippi with the requisite skills, knowledge, and qualities required to become highly qualified, ethically and culturally responsive rehabilitation professionals working in the field of human services.
What are some potential careers?
Rehabilitation Counselors work in multiple setting to include but not restricted to:
- State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies
- Nonprofit rehabilitation programs
- High schools and college settings
- Independent living centers
- Medical rehabilitation centers
- Veteran’s Affairs, or private industry
- Substance abuse treatment programs
- Mental health agencies
- Corrections facilities
Who should pursue this degree?
Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of human services and have a passion to help improve the quality of lives of persons with disabilities, through the provision of person-centered assessments and delivery of appropriate rehabilitation service provisions to achieve client goals of employment, return to work and/or independent living.