Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, M.S.


Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation

M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Program Description

The M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is a 60-unit CORE accredited program that aims to prepare professionals who are culturally competent, and able to provide rehabilitation and mental health counseling to individuals with disabilities in an ethical manner while adhering to the Code of Professional Ethics and Scope of Practice for the profession. Students have the ability to pursue certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and National Certified Counselor, as well as undergo requirements that position them for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor credential. The program has earned top rankings in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, and is a national leader in hands-on, real world rehabilitation in California and beyond.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements listed in the Graduate Education Program section of this catalog, M. S. in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program applicants must meet the following requirements:

Complete the following prerequisite coursework or their equivalents, earning a letter grade of C or better: ERE 153, COUN 174 or PSYCH 174, and COUN 176 or PSYCH 166.

Program prerequisites may not be counted toward the Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. The prerequisites may be completed during the first semester of the program, but students may not complete more than 10 units of 200-level coursework before obtaining classified standing (full admission to the program).

Program Requirements

Under the direction of the graduate adviser, each student prepares and submits an individually designed program within the following framework:

Core requirements (48 units)
REHAB 201, 204, 211, 237, 238, 239, 265, 268A or B or C or D; COUN 201, 203, 206, 220, 232, 280T (Advanced Counseling Theories)

Courses in supporting curriculum (9 units)
Research methods: ERE 220 (3 units)
Individual and group counseling skills: COUN 200, 202 (6 units)

Culminating Experience
Choose between (a) the comprehensive exam plus 3 units of electives approved by adviser,
(b) REHAB 298 Project [3 units] , or (c) REHAB 299 Thesis [3 units].

Total (60 units)

Note: (1) REHAB 201, 204A, 204B, 237, and 238 must be completed with a grade of B or better. (2) Students meet the Graduate Writing Requirement by passing the writing component of REHAB 237 or COUN 220 or REHAB 238. Please refer to the program's Student Manual for additional information.

In order to graduate, the student must complete the graduate writing requirement, two clinical reviews, and all other specific degree requirements. In addition, the student must complete one of the following: (1) the comprehensive exam, (2) the National Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam, (3) Project, or (4) Thesis.

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