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Master of Rehabilitation Counseling - Severe Disabilities

Overview

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This program leads to a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (M.R.C.) degree and qualifies graduates to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination. Graduates of this program can work with people experiencing a variety of concerns that include physical, mental, emotional, and or social disabilities. The Severe Disabilities program leads to careers as vocational evaluators, rehabilitation counselors, and rehabilitation specialist. Graduates work in a variety of settings, which include hospitals, local, state, and federal agencies, and private practice. This program is available completely online or in a tradition classroom setting.

Rehabilitation Counseling- Highest Paid Counseling Speciality

In a recent study conducted by the American Counseling Association (ACA), Rehabilitation Counselors were named the highest paid specialty in the counseling profession and earn better overall benefits. According to the ACA study:

  • Rehabilitation Counselors are the most highly paid counseling specialty on average.
  • Rehabilitation Counselors earn over $13,000 more than Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, or Community Counselors on average.
  • Rehabilitation Counselors receive better overall benefits – employee retirement plan, medical coverage, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability – than other professional counselors.

For more information about Rehabilitation Counselors Rock in ACA Counselor Compensation ACA Study:

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Online Program

All coursework for the Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling is offered online. Because students are not limited by geographical distance there is more opportunity for learning with and from others around the country.

Distance learning provides the opportunity to share with others from around the country and from different agencies. Students regularly engage in dynamic exchanges and learning projects. By sharing an online community of practicing counselors learners provide each other with support, insights, and encouragement.

The Department of Human Services at Wright State University is dedicated to helping professional counselors obtain and maintain the education and training needed for employment and practice in today's market. 

"Bridging the gap between education, research and clinical practice."

For basic computer configuration needed for participation in the online program see the Distance Education website.

Degree Requirements

Wright State University
College of Education and Human Services

M.R.C. Rehabilitation Counseling: Chemical Dependency  
CNL 6010 Counseling Theory and Practice  3
CNL 6020 Techniques of Counseling  3
CNL 6030 Statistics, Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling  3

CNL 6220 Group Background and Theory (OR) CNL 7220

3

CNL 7220 Group Process in Counseling (OR) CNL 6220 

3
 CNL 6200 Clinical Pathology in Counseling  3
CNL 7230 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling  3
CNL 7260 Marriage and Family Counseling 3
CNL 7270 Counseling for Life-Span Development  3
CNL 7280 Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in Counseling  3
CNL 7290 Multicultural Counseling   3

RHB 7000 Foundations of Rehabilitation

3
RHB 7070 Biopsychosocialspiritual Aspects   3
RHB 7300 Theory and Epidemiology of Addictions  3
RHB 7310 Treatment and Prevention of Addictions 3
RHB 7040 Psychosocial Rehabilitation 3
RHB 7110 Vocational Evaluation and Assessment  3
RHB 7200 Case Management 3
RHB 8650 Rehabilitation Counseling: Practicum 3

RHB 8670 Rehabilitation Counseling: Internship 

6
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED

60

Contact Information

Program Director 

Carl W. Sabo, Ph.D., CRC
108S Allyn Hall
(937) 775-2077
carl.sabo@wright.edu

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • 2.7 cumulative minimum GPA or better, and GRE score of 291 (Q&V sections combined) or MAT scaled score of 403

OR

  • 3.3 cumulative minimum GPA

*Applicants can also be admitted conditionally if cumulative GPA is between 2.3 and 2.7

 

Admission Deadlines

The graduate counseling and rehabilitation counseling programs review and admit new student twice a year. You are eligible to begin your program the following semester after you are admitted (i.e., students admitted in the fall are eligible to start taking classes in the spring semester, and so on.) The deadline to have all required application materials submitted to the Graduate School is as follows:

  • Spring 2015 Semester Admission: September 19, 2014
  • Summer 2015 or Fall 2015 Semester Admission: February 3, 2015
  • Spring 2016 Semester Admission: September 18, 2015

Only complete applications will be forward to the Department of Human Services office for review. Please check with the Graduate School at (937) 775-2976 to determine if your application is complete. After department review, successful candidates will be invited to a required group interview (successful candidates will receive invitation via mail). Group interviews details are provided in invitation letter.

Admission Process

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Apply to Graduate School.

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Submit:

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Successfully complete an interview with program faculty.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
Toll-free Number: 1-800-452-4723
Email: wsugrad@wright.edu

Practicum

Prerequisites

  •     CNL 6010 Counseling Theory and Practice
  •     CNL 6020* Techniques of Counseling
  •     CNL 6030 Statistics, Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling
  •     RHB 7000 Foundations of Rehabilitation
  •     RHB 7040 Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  •     RHB 7110 Vocational Evaluation and Assessment
  •     CNL 7260 Marriage and Family Counseling
  •     CNL 7270 Counseling for Life-Span Development
  •     CNL 7220 Group Process in Counseling OR CNL 6220 Group Background and Theory
  •     CNL 7280 Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  •     CNL 7290 Multicultural Counseling
  •     CNL 7230 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling

*CNL 6020 Techniques of Counseling, is suggested to be completed no earlier than two terms prior to the beginning of practicum.

The following courses must be completed for Severe Disabilities majors:

  • RHB 7020 Medical Aspects Seminar
  • RHB 7200 Case Management

Please note, if there is only one rehabilitation course not yet taken, students will be allowed to take this course concurrent with their practicum.

The above artifacts are due along with the student’s practicum application. If the student does not have a grade for one of the above assignments due to an online submission, or the nature of the assignment, a copy of the assignment should be turned in without the grade.

Applications and paperwork apply for one semester only-students MUST apply each semester they plan to register for Internship.The student must supply verification of liability insurance at the time of each application. A photocopy of the insurance application and check will not fulfill this requirement. The student can provide a copy of the policy or anything that states their name and the dates that they will be covered by the insurance. Students are required to join one professional Rehabilitation Organization (ie, NRA, IARP) and provide current documentation of Professional Liability Insurance. Information is available in 108 Allyn Hall. 

Application for Practicum:
Artifacts
  • Diversity Strand:CNL 7290 graded Reflection Paper (i.e., Life History, Reaction Paper, Cultural Visit Paper)
  • Technology Strand: PowerPoint, Excel, Pilot, or Elluminate Live (Blackboard Collaborate) graded assignment.
  • Professionalism Strand: Professional Resume completed in RHB 711 (RHB 7110)
  • Emotional Intelligence Strand: RHB 705 emotional intelligence assessment (results)
  • Content Knowledge Strand: CRC or department comprehensive exam results
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge Strand: RHB 865 and 801 Site Supervisor Practicum and Internship Evaluation. Completed Impact on client Needs forms that show successful intervention(s).
Practicum Requirements 

The following indicates the minimum requirements for counseling practicum placements (based on a 15-week semester).

On-Site Requirements:

  • On-Site Requirements Individual and Group Practicum (CNL 8650): The student is required to spend a minimum of 7 hours per week* (for a minimum total of 100 hours per semester) at his/her site; however, a site may require additional hours. Of the 100 hours, a minimum total of 40 hours must involve direct client contact. Of these 40 hours, at least 25 percent (10 hours) must be of individual counseling and at least 25 percent (10 hours) must be of group counseling. The remaining 50 percent(20 hours) may be a combination of counseling: individuals, groups, couples, families, consultation, and appraisal. In addition, 1 hour per week must be direct individual supervision of the practicum student by the site supervisor. For purposes of critique and evaluation, two video tapes are required. Intake interviews alone will not fulfill these requirements.Students have the responsibility for following site procedures, both for securing permission to tape and insuring the confidentiality of the obtained tape. Students are strongly encouraged to exceed the minimum number of required counseling hours per week. .

*Wright State University’s summer sessions are 12-week semesters. Students registered for Practicum during a summer semester will be required to spend a minimum of 9 hours per week at his/her site, in order to obtain the minimum 100 hours required for practicum. Students must have a CRC faculty supervisor, a CRC site supervisor (preferred not required) or a LCDC site supervisor for Chemical Dependency internships. Students who plan to pursue a PCC must have site supervision by a LPCC with supervision designation.

Internship

Prerequisites

  • In addition to completing the requirements for practicum, the practicum (RHB 8650) must be completed.
Internship Requirements 

The following are minimum internship requirements. Students must spend 100 hours on site for each credit registered per semester. Students are required to complete a total of 600 clock hours of experience in a rehabilitation agency, or a human services agency that works with individuals with disabilities. Students must spend a minimum of 240 hours in direct service to people with disabilities. Students in the severe disabilities program are required to complete a total of 600 clock hours of experience in a rehabilitation agency, or a human services agency that works with individuals who are severel disables or individuals with a dual-diagnosis of severe disabilities and another disability. Students must spend at least 240 hours indirect service to individuals with severe disabilities.

The student is required to complete a total of 6 credits of RHB 8670 for a minimum of 600 hours at his/her internship site. Two hundred and forty hours of the required 600 hours must be in direct service to clientele of agency. Credit hours may be divided over desired number of semesters with the following requirements:

  • 1 hour per week minimum of direct supervision with the Site Supervisor per week.
  • 1.5 hours per week minimum of group supervision with the University Faculty Supervisor Dr.Carl Sabo Ph.D., CRC.

*Students must have a CRC faculty supervisor, a CRC site supervisor or a LCDC site supervisor for Chemical Dependency internships. Students who plan to pursue a PCC must have site supervision by a LPCC with supervision status (LPCC-S).

The entire application package consists of:
  • Resume
  • Verification of Professional Liability Insurance (photocopy of the insurance application and check will fulfill this requirement)
  • Copy of academic advising report from Wings Express verification of membership in rehabilitation professional organization (ARCA or NARCA)
  • Application form (Appendix 1)

This information must be submitted to the graduate assistant for practicum and internship. Each semester the student wishes to take internship they MUST reapply.

After the above information is received, you will be notified of your conditional acceptance and you will have approximately two weeks to submit the following to the graduate assistant for practicum and internship:

  • Placement Contract (Appendix 2)
  • Site Supervisor Information Form (Appendix 3)
  • Copy of the Supervisor’s License
  • Site Information Sheet (Appendix 4)
  • Copies of Trainee Supervision Agreement which you will submit to the CSWMFT board for counselor trainee status (only if you are working toward the PC licensure & if this is your 1st semester of internship).
  • Proposal of Internship Objectives (this should be submitted to your university supervisor)

Internship may be accomplished in one of the following sequences:

Sequence 1: 2 credit hours per semester (for 3 semesters)

    A minimum of 14 clock hours per week on site for fall and spring semester, and 17 clock hours per week on site for summer semester (minimum 200 clock hours per semester).
    A minimum of 80 direct client contact clock hours. Additional requirements are detailed in the Rehabilitaion Counseling Internship manual.
    A minimum of 1 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the CRC Site Supervisor.
    A minimum of 1.5 clock hours per week of group supervision with the University Faculty Supervisor.

Sequence 2: 3 credit hours per semester (for 2 semesters)

    A minimum of 20 clock hours per week on site for fall and spring semesters, and 25 clock hours per week for summer semester at the site (300 clock hours minimum per semester).
    A minimum of 120 direct client contact clock hours. Additional requirements are detailed in the Rehabilitaion Counseling Internship manual.
    A minimum of 1 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the CRC Site Supervisor.
    A minimum of 1.5 clock hours per week of group supervision with the University Faculty Supervisor.

Sequence 3: 4 credit hour semester (for a combination of 2 credit hours one semester and 4 credit hours another semester)

    A minimum of 27 clock hours per week at the site for fall and spring semester and 34 clock hours per week at the site for summer semester (400 clock hours minimum per semester).
    A minimum of 160 direct client contact clock hours. Additional requirements are detailed in the Rehabilitaion Counseling Internship manual.
    A minimum of 1.5 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the CRC Site Supervisor per week.
    A minimum of 1.7 clock hours per week of group supervision with the University Faculty Supervisor.

Sequence 4: 6 credit hour semester (Fall or Spring semester Only)

A minimum of 40 clock hours per week at the site for fall and spring semester (600 clock hours minimum per semester).
    A minimum of 320 direct client contact clock hours. Additional requirements are detailed in the Rehabilitaion Counseling Internship manual.
    A minimum of 1.5 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the CRC Site Supervisor per week.
    A minimum of 1.7 clock hours per week of group supervision with the University Faculty Supervisor.

Program Outcomes

The Severe Disabilities and Chemical Dependency Rehabilitation Counseling Masters programs at Wright State University are both fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education through the 2019-2020 academic year. New students can be admitted to the Rehabilitation Counseling programs each academic quarter. All required courses for both programs are offered in an online format, making it flexible for distance education students. Many required courses are also offered in the traditional classroom setting.

We currently have 26 students in our Rehabilitation Counseling graduate programs. Approximately 20% of the students are from underrepresented groups. Our department houses nine full time tenure track faculty who teach courses in the CORE accredited curriculum, and two of these faculty members are dedicated entirely to the Rehabilitation Counseling programs. Five adjunct faculty members also teach courses in the required curriculum. Our students currently hold an average cumulative GPA of 3.4.

We have new opportunity for PAID internship for graduates and undergraduates with the Cornerstone Project. There are 3 locations in our area: Springfield, Riverside and Washington Township. They treat over 800 clients with substance use disorders (SUD) in our area working with 12 physicians for counseling and drug treatment. Their website is http://www.cornerstone-project.com/ Pay to be considered- Minimum wage for undergraduates and practicum, graduate internship could start at $10.00/hr.

During the last reporting period, WSU students graduated from our Rehabilitation Counseling passing rate for the CRC is 91%. The expectations of our students graduating from WSU Rehabilitation program become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination .Well above the national average of 70%. Our department offers the additional coursework required for Rehabilitation Counseling students to obtain their Professional Counselor (PC) license in the state of Ohio. The additional coursework in mental health counseling is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and fulfills the requirements for students to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) upon completion.