M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling
The Master of Science program in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares candidates to provide rehabilitation services aimed at helping individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential. The 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, assume leadership roles, and complete a capstone project.
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.
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 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Mercer University’s Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares candidates to serve in this vital role.
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 in a variety of settings such as the Veterans Administration, the Georgia Department of Labor Rehabilitation Services, and rehabilitation hospitals, insurance companies, and private business and industry.
Rehabilitation counselors seek:
- To build bridges between the world of people with disabilities and their families, communities, and work environments
- To empower individuals to make informed choices
- To help individuals achieve positive mental health
- To maximize opportunities for economic independence
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.