Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling

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Master of Arts Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling (COUN) is a 54 semester hour program aimed at preparing rehabilitation counseling professionals who will provide direct services and resource coordination for individuals with a disability seeking re-entry into the labor market. The program is offered in a 24-month sequence. All course work is at a distance and web-based with the exception of two skill- building courses, which require on-campus matriculation for three days each. Students are admitted on a full- or part-time basis. The program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education and recognized by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling. The purpose for the program is to permit graduates to qualify for national certification as rehabilitation counselors.

For more information, visit the program’s website. With additional course work, graduates of this program should qualify for licensure as professional counselors in Arkansas and other states.

Admission Requirements

Regular and Conditional Admission

All applicants must have:

  • Completed an application for admission to the UALR Graduate School
  • Completed a successful personal interview with a program faculty member or a designated representative

Regular Admission

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (3.25 in the last 60 hours)

or

  • If the student’s undergraduate GPA is below a 3.00 overall or 3.25 in the last 60 hours, achieve the following minimum scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE): (Old Version) 440 on the Verbal and 560 on the Quantitative Scales or (New Revision) 149 on the Verbal and 146 on the Quantitative scales or a scaled score of at least 391 on the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) will permit regular admission. For employed Rehabilitation Counselors who do not meet this standard, please see “Conditional Admission, Admissions Portfolio” below.

 or

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution

Conditional Admission

There are two categories within Conditional Admission:

  • Admission of students based on GPA for graduate hours at other accredited institutions:

Students not qualifying for regular admission based on their undergraduate grade point averages may be admitted to the program on “condition” if they have successfully completed a minimum of 9 semester hours in a relevant graduate program at UALR or another regionally accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 and a grade of B or greater in each course taken.

Note: “Condition” means that the student must make a B or greater in the first 12 hours taken in the UALR Rehabilitation Counseling curriculum.

or

  • Admission based on an Admissions Portfolio (For employed Rehabilitation Counselors only): Employed Rehabilitation Counselors have the option to submit a satisfactory Admissions Portfolio of academic and professional work to obtain conditional admission. The guidelines for the portfolio are available from the program coordinator. Letters of reference are not required unless specifically requested by the program coordinator.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who graduated from undergraduate rehabilitation programs and/or those with work experience as rehabilitation counselors will be admitted to advanced standing. Credit toward advanced standing will be awarded on an individual basis by the program coordinator upon recommendation of the program advisory committee.

Program Requirements

The 54 credit hour curriculum has 4 components: rehabilitation, counseling, foundations/electives, and field work/application. The field work requires 700 plus hours of supervised practice in a rehabilitation setting under the supervision of a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC).

Transfer Credit

Students have the opportunity to transfer as many as 27 semester hours of credit from other accredited graduate programs.

Counseling:
Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation Courses (18 hours)
  • COUN 7360 Rehabilitation Foundations
  • COUN 7361 Medical Aspects of Disability
  • COUN 7362 Psychological Aspects of Disability
  • COUN 7363 Career Counseling and Placement
  • COUN 7364 Rehabilitation Case Management
  • COUN 7367 Assessment in Rehabilitation
Counseling Courses (12 hours)
  • CNSL 7301 Counseling Theories and Applications
  • CNSL 7302 Techniques for Counseling Interviews
  • CNSL 7307 Theories and Techniques for Group Counseling
  • CNSL 7308 Cross Cultural Counseling

 

Foundations/Elective Courses (9 hours)
  • EDFN 7303 Introduction to Educational Research (Required)
  • EDFN 7330 Human Development (Required)
  • COUN 7368 Foundations of Substance Abuse (Elective)
  • COUN 7369 Introduction to Family Counseling (Elective)
  • COUN 7370 Psychopharmacology for Counselors (Elective)

 

Students are required to take three hours of elective credit from the three courses above and/or from other approved course work in counseling, rehabilitation, or other related areas.

Field Work/Application Courses (15 hours)
  • COUN 7365 Rehabilitation Counseling Practicum
  • COUN 7660 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling

 


Graduation Requirements

An overall GPA of 3.00 on all courses in the program of study is required to complete graduation requirements for the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program. There are core competency courses in which the student must achieve a B or greater. In the event that a B is not achieved in one of the core courses, the student must repeat the course.

The core competency courses are:

  • COUN 7360 Rehabilitation Foundations
  • COUN 7363 Career Counseling and Placement
  • COUN 7364 Rehabilitation Case Management
  • COUN 7365 Supervised Practice in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • COUN 7660 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • CNSL 7301 Counseling Theories and Applications
  • CNSL 7302 Techniques for Counseling Interviews
  • CNSL 7307 Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling
  • COUN 7367 Assessment in Rehabilitation

Post Master’s Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling

This certificate program is an 18 semester-hour graduate certificate program aimed at permitting employed/experienced rehabilitation counselors and other rehabilitation professionals to obtain national certification. The graduate certificate is offered online and admits both full- and part-time students.

The curriculum has three components:

  • Counseling,
  • Rehabilitation, and
  • Research courses.

Admission Requirements for the Certificate

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution;
  • A completed application to the UALR Graduate School;
  • Personal interview with a program faculty member or a designated representative; and
  • For candidates who will be seeking to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam, the CRC Commission requires a master’s degree in an accepted discipline and up to three years’ work experience as a rehabilitation counselor verified in writing by your employer. (One year of employment must be under the supervision of a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor in order to be able to sit for the national examination).

Transfer Credit

At least 12 semester hours of this graduate certificate program must be taken at UALR. Up to 6 semester hours can be counted from other accredited graduate programs.

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Courses in Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling

COUN 7190, 7290, 7390 Independent Study
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Students under faculty supervision, can explore advanced topics in rehabilitation counseling not normally covered in regular course offerings.

COUN 7360 Rehabilitation Foundations
The purpose of this course is to provide both a broad foundation for students beginning their journey into the profession of rehabilitation and a broad-based reference for current practitioners. The content provides a conceptual overview of the professional, historical, theoretical, research, and applied foundations of the rehabilitation profession as they relate to the services for individuals with disabilities.

COUN 7361 Medical Aspects of Disability
Prerequisites: COUN 7360 or the consent of the instructor. This is a course that covers the medical aspects of disability. Managing the medical aspects and functional assessment of frequently occurring medical diseases and disorders of older adolescents and adults are stressed. Topics include the medical aspects and functional assessment of neurological/ cognitive/neuromuscular disorders, psychiatric/developmental disabilities, sensory losses, and various acute and chronic physical diseases and disorders. Case management activities and a process for determining the educational/rehabilitation implications of the effects of each disability will be presented.

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COUN 7362 Psychological Aspects of Disability
Prerequisites: COUN 7360 or the consent of the instructor. This course outlines the psychological and sociological aspects of disability, including community attitudes toward individuals with disabilities, strategies to change negative attitudes, adjustment factors in living with disabilities, and methods for supporting successful adjustment to disabilities.

COUN 7363 Career Counseling and Placement
Prerequisites: COUN 7360 or the consent of the instructor. The purpose of this course is to provide students with theories and techniques for empowering adults with disabilities to obtain integrated, community-based employment from a career decision making perspective.

COUN 7364 Rehabilitation Case Management
Prerequisites: COUN 7360, COUN 7361, COUN 7362, COUN 7367 or the consent of the instructor. This course is a study in case management in rehabilitation which is a skill that rehabilitation professionals must possess in order to successfully guide clients through the rehabilitation process from referral to case closure. It provides guidelines that will enable rehabilitation professionals to collect information from the intake interview, physician, psychologists, vocational evaluation, and other resources, in an effort to develop appropriate ethical rehabilitation plans with clients.

COUN 7365 Rehabilitation Counseling Practicum
Prerequisites: Must have completed all phase 1 courses and should have completed all core courses or consent of the program fieldwork supervisor. The purpose of this course is to provide students initial exposure to learning in a community based rehabilitation agency under faculty supervision. The course is designed to give the student an opportunity to practice the role of a rehabilitation professional. The student will apply rehabilitation counseling methods, techniques and vocational knowledge in working with clients and in consulting with business and industry for job development and placement opportunities. One-hundred contact hours in a fieldwork setting is required.

COUN 7367 Assessment in Rehabilitation
Prerequisites: COUN 7360 and EDFN 7303 or the consent of the instructor. The purpose of this course is to provide students with theories and techniques for empowering adults with disabilities to explore their aptitudes, interests, and other vocational assessments areas that assist them in career decision making.

COUN 7368 Foundations of Substance Abuse
This course focuses on substance abuse and coexisting disabilities from the perspective of risk and the challenges to rehabilitation practice. It provides the student with an in-depth understanding of substance abuse, drugs of abuse, patterns of abuse and consequences of abuse. Treatment models and needs are addressed from the rehabilitation model. New legislation and contemporary issues are presented to support the examination of the impact of policy on treatment and rehabilitation. The role of employment and the challenges of recovery and the return to employment are examined, within a comprehensive plan for relapse prevention. This course utilizes a diverse range of on-line resources as well as personal stories relating the challenges and dynamics of the recovery process.

COUN 7369 Introduction to Family Counseling
This course will provide knowledge about work with couples and families. This course will include understanding and application of general systems theory and the major schools of family theory. Methods for working with families with a disabled family member will be presented.

COUN 7370 Psychopharmacology for Counselors
A course intended to cover the areas of Psychopharmacology and the application of medication to all the major diagnostic categories contained in DSM-IV-TR. This course is intended for non-prescribing professionals.

COUN 7660 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling
Prerequisites: The completion of all course work in the core and professional experience areas and the approval of the department faculty. The internship consists of advanced field work in rehabilitation counseling in an off campus field site placement. The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification requires 600 hours of applied experience in a rehabilitation agency or facility under the supervision of an experienced certified rehabilitation counselor on-site or facility supervisor. This course will provide a minimum of 300 of those field work hours. The course may be taken twice in the same semester to meet the 600 hour requirement. Completion of the second section of this course requires passing grade on the certified rehabilitation counselor (CRE) exam.
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