Department of Human Services

Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

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Why Choose Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling?

If your calling is to work with people experiencing physical, mental, emotional, or social disabilities, consider the clinical rehabilitation counseling master’s degree program at Wright State University. Look forward to a rewarding career in counseling while being employed by a hospital, private practice, or government agency. 

Content for these courses is delivered remotely as well as in a traditional classroom setting. This CRC program was developed from the previously offered rehabilitation counseling/severe disabilities program. You can earn a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (M.R.C.) degree. Your program of study will qualify you to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (C.R.C.) examination that is rehabilitation counseling’s preeminent national credential. You can also sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE), and become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Ohio. Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state, and we have not determined if this program meets educational requirements outside of Ohio.  If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements. The CRC program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through October 31, 2020

Contact Information

Program Director: Dr. Mary Huber
108 Allyn Hall
937-775-2077
mary.huber@wright.edu

Related Link

Graduate Student Handbook (PDF)

Careers

You will work with people experiencing a variety of concerns that include physical, mental, emotional, and/or social disabilities. Find a rewarding career as a clinical rehabilitation counselor, vocational rehabilitation counselor, rehabilitation specialist, or vocational evaluator. You could work in a variety of settings, including local, state, federal agencies, hospitals, and private practice. Employment of rehabilitation counselors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations (bls.gov). 

View the clinical rehabilitation counseling program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections.   

Rehabilitation Counseling - Highest-Paid Counseling Specialty 

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 can earn over $13,000 more annually on average than clinical mental health counselors, mental health counselors, or community counselors. 
  • Rehabilitation counselors receive better overall benefits—employee retirement plan, medical coverage, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability—than other professional counselors. 

View the Rehabilitation Counselors Rock in ACA Counselor Compensation Study.

The College of Education and Human Services has provided a dedicated career consultant to assist you in connecting your major to a career. The career consultant focuses on staying up to date on career trends in education, kinesiology and health, leadership, and human services. Our assigned career consultant is an extension of services offered through Wright State’s Career Services.  

Real-World Experience

You will practice and build skills in both a required practicum and an internship.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategies in the Academic Catalog.

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program of Study (PDF)

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 2021: August 7, 2020 
  • Summer 2021 or Fall 2021: December 1, 2020 
  • 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 the department review, successful candidates will be invited to a required group interview (successful candidates will receive an invitation via mail). Group interview details are provided in the invitation letter. 

Admission Process

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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
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 7261 Systems Theory 
  • 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, you will be allowed to take this course concurrent with your practicum.

Applications and paperwork apply for one semester only. You MUST apply each semester you plan to register for Internship. You 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. You can provide a copy of the policy or anything that states your name and the dates you will be covered by the insurance. You 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

Practicum Requirements 

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

On-Site Requirements Individual and Group Practicum (CNL 8650) 

You are required to spend a minimum of 7 hours per week* (for a minimum total of 100 hours per semester) at your site; however, a site may require additional hours. Of the 100 hours, 40 must involve direct client contact. Of these 40, at least 25 percent (10) must be of individual counseling and at least 25 percent (10) must be of group counseling. The remaining 50 percent (20) may be a combination of counseling: individuals, groups, couples, families, consultation, and appraisal. In addition, one hour per week must be direct individual supervision of the practicum student by the site supervisor. For purposes of critique and evaluation, two videotapes are required. Intake interviews alone will not fulfill these requirements. You have the responsibility for following site procedures, both for securing permission to tape and ensuring the confidentiality of the obtained tape. You are strongly encouraged to exceed the minimum number of required counseling hours per week.

Wright State University’s summer sessions are 12-week semesters. If you are registered for practicum during a summer semester, you will be required to spend a minimum of 9 hours per week at your site to obtain the minimum 100 hours required for practicum. You must have a CRC faculty supervisor, a CRC site supervisor (preferred not required) or an LCDC site supervisor for chemical dependency internships. If you plan to pursue a PCC, you must have site supervision by an LPCC with supervision designation. 

Practicum Appendices

*Note: These appendices and the information regarding them can be found in the practicum manual. 


Internship

Graduate Counseling Internship Manual (PDF)

Prerequisites

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

Internship Requirements 

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

You are required to complete a total of 6 credits of RHB 8670 for a minimum of 600 hours at your internship site. Of the required 600 hours, 240 must be in direct service to the clientele of the agency. Credit hours may be divided over the 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, Carl Sabo, Ph.D., CRC. 

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

The entire application package consists of:

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: 

Additional Internship Appendices

*Note: These appendices and the information regarding them can be found in the internship manual. 

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 Rehabilitation 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 Rehabilitation 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 Rehabilitation 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 Rehabilitation 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. 

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