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Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)


Course Description

Welcome to the rehabilitation counseling master's degree program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our program prepares rehabilitation counseling professionals to work in professional rehabilitation settings and to provide a full range of rehabilitation counseling services to facilitate the personal, educational, and vocational development of individuals with emotional, physical, cognitive, and neurological impairments.

With a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, you'll be prepared to work in a wide variety of rehabilitation, counseling, and human service settings that include community-based rehabilitation and mental health centers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, hospital, state and federal vocational rehabilitation agencies, colleges and universities, psychosocial treatment facilities, and a wide variety of social service agencies.

Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) Provides Firsthand Look at Student Disability Services

A unique feature of the program is its association with the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and the College of Applied Health Sciences, which provides a multidisciplinary learning environment that exposes students to the full spectrum of disability and vocational services. The rehabilitation counseling program also has a strong relationship with the division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES), the leading provider of student disability services, which provides a contextual background of resources for all of the rehabilitation courses.

Program
The University of Illinois Rehabilitation Counseling Program is a nationally recognized training program that offers a 48-semester-hour Rehabilitation Counseling program.

The program represents one specialty area with the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. The program is situated in a research university that offers flexibility to both full-time and part-time students, offering many currently working the field an opportunity to upgrade their skills as well as academic and professional standing.

Students will be eligible to sit for the certified rehabilitation counselor exam during the last semester of course work.

Local Learning and Service Opportunities Can Provide Experience
In addition, you will find that other learning and service opportunities are plentiful throughout the Champaign and central Illinois area. With this combination of classroom and real-world experience, you will be able to immediately and confidently apply your knowledge and skills.

The mission of the rehabilitation counseling master’s degree program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is to prepare rehabilitation counseling professionals to work in professional rehabilitation settings and to provide a full range of rehabilitation counseling services to facilitate the personal, education, and vocational development of individuals with emotional, physical, cognitive, and neurological impairments.

The Profession
A rehabilitation counselor is a counselor who possesses the specialized knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities to achieve their personal social, psychological, and vocational goals.

Rehabilitation counseling is a versatile specialization of counseling that began over 80 years ago serving the needs of veterans returning from World War I and workers injured in industry. Major strides in the growth and definition of the field occurred after 1954 with the recognition of rehabilitation counseling in federal legislation and the allocation of training funds for the education of rehabilitation counseling professionals. Today, there are approximately 15,000 Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCs) among the estimated 122,000 rehabilitation counselors practicing in the United States (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2004), addressing the vocational, psychosocial, and independent living needs of the estimated 49 million persons with physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and developmental disabilities.

Rehabilitation counselors work in a variety of settings including state vocational rehabilitation organizations and Veteran's Administration vocational rehabilitation programs; psychiatric rehabilitation agencies; mental health practices; community non-profit rehabilitation centers and supported employment programs; private for-profit worker’s compensation and insurance rehabilitation agencies; and private practices.

Scope of Practice
The scope of practice statement of a profession is a formal statement by the profession’s credentialing bodies that describe the range and types of services that are provided by its practitioners. This statement for rehabilitation counselors is:

Rehabilitation counseling is a systematic process that assists persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals in the most integrated setting possible through the application of the counseling process. The counseling process involves communication, goal setting, and beneficial growth or change through self-advocacy and psychological, vocational, social, and behavioral interventions.

Techniques and Modalities
The range and types of services that are provided by its practitioners include:

-Assessment and appraisal
-Diagnosis and treatment planning
-Career counseling
-Individual and group counseling treatment interventions
-Case management, referral, and service coordination
-Program evaluation and research
-Interventions to remove environmental, employment, and attitudinal barriers
-Consultation services
-Job analysis, job accommodation, job development, and placement services
-Consultation on rehabilitation technology

A full-time student can complete the program in four semesters. As with all programs, the Graduate College allows students to petition to transfer up to 12 hours of coursework completed prior to admittance to the department. Any approved graduate courses taken on campus in the summer immediately prior to admission count toward the degree and do not have to be transferred.

Entry Requirements

Students entering the program will be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in a rehabilitation-related discipline and/or have a strong background in the social and biological sciences, and a course in introductory statistics.

Course Fees

Please visit http://www.registrar.illinois.edu/tuition-fees for more details.


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