M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
The Master of Science program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling prepares candidates to provide rehabilitation services aimed at helping individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential. The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program empowers individuals to make informed choices, to help individuals achieve positive mental health, and to maximize opportunities for economic independence. During the program students will develop advanced expertise, conduct research and assume leadership roles.
Rehabilitation counselors assist people with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities to become self-sufficient, productive citizens. They draw on knowledge from several fields including counseling, psychology, medicine, psychiatry, sociology, social work, education, and law. Their specialized knowledge of disabilities and the impact of environmental factors that interact with disabilities differentiate rehabilitation counselors from other types of counselors.
Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program Mission
The mission of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is to prepare rehabilitation counselors to provide rehabilitation services aimed at helping individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential. Upon graduation, students will have the basic foundational knowledge, skill and experiences necessary to enter the profession of rehabilitation counseling and practice as rehabilitation counselors.
Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Learning Outcomes
- Students will understand and follow the Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors
- Students will know the laws that affect individuals with disabilities an d will be able to advocate for the rights of those individuals
- Students will understand the concept of choice, self-advocacy and self-determinations, and promote these concepts throughout the rehabilitation process
- Students will value the worth and dignity of all individuals and view individuals with disabilities as equal partners in the rehabilitation process
- Students will demonstrate the ability to practice counseling techniques, job placement skills, and career strategies that will assist individuals with disabilities to develop the skills and competencies they need to function effectively in society
- Students will know the technology and accommodations that are available to provide individuals with disabilities access to work, leisure, and school activities.
Clinical Rehabilitation Counselors Seek to:
- Build bridges between the world of people with disabilities and their families, communities, and work environments
- Empower individuals to make informed choices
- Help individuals achieve positive mental health
- Maximize opportunities for economic independence
Rehabilitation Counselors are in Demand
Demand for rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow with the increase in the elderly population and with the continued rehabilitation needs of other groups, such as veterans and people with disabilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2012 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor & Statistics; Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015). Mercer University’s Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling prepares candidates to serve in this vital role.
Mercer University counseling graduates have consistently averaged pass rates of 95% and above on their first attempt of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Upon graduation, students will have the basic foundational knowledge, skill and experiences necessary to enter the profession of clinical rehabilitation counseling and practice as rehabilitation counselors in a variety of settings such as: Veterans Administration, Georgia Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation Services, rehabilitation hospitals, insurance companies, and other human service agencies.
The schedule is designed especially for working adult students with evening classes held once per week in a 16-week format in the Fall and Spring semesters. Summer classes are 8 weeks long. Supervised field experience bridges the gap between skills acquired in the classroom and the world of professional practice.