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Rehabilitation Counselor Education
The mission of the Master's Program in Rehabilitation Counseling at Ohio University is to provide quality instruction and supervised experience designed to prepare professional rehabilitation counselors who are committed to facilitating the personal, vocational and economic independence of individuals with disabilities.
The mission of the Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program at Ohio University is achieved through the following objectives:
- Provide students with a high-quality graduate educational program that combines classroom instruction and supervised clinical experiences aimed at the acquisition of skills and the development of competencies related to the provision of services to people with disabilities
- Produce research and other scholarly information that is related to promoting the rehabilitation and independence of people with disabilities
- Maintain an active relationship to the broader rehabilitation community and related professional associations through consultation, education, advocacy and leadership activities
The master's program in rehabilitation counseling consists of content areas in counseling and rehabilitation. The counseling content area includes coursework in theory and techniques, appraisal, human development, research methodology, and group counseling. The rehabilitation area includes coursework in foundations of rehabilitation, medical issues, psychosocial aspects of disability, and job development and placement. All students must complete a supervised practicum and internship experience. Upon successful completion of the academic requirements in the Rehabilitation Counseling program, the Counselor Education program will formally endorse the student for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)certification and/or employment appropriate to the rehabilitation counseling program. Graduates of the program also may elect to complete additional clinical coursework to be eligible for licensure as Professional Counselors.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program at the Ohio University is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2020 www.core-rehab.org The masters degree program is a full-time program (FTP) and has a goal of admitting 10-15 students each fall in the graduate cohort on the main campus. The next class will be admitted in fall 2014. In 2007, for the first time in our history, we admitted 20 rehabilitation counseling students to our regional campus program. Ninety-five percent of the students graduated in 2010 from Ohio University-Chillicothe cohort. In 2011, we admitted 25 rehabilitation counseling students to the Ohio University-Lancaster regional cohort. In May 2013, 18 students graduated from the Lancaster Cohort. Student outcomes are evaluated each year on a variety of different metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation.
Currently, the graduate rehabilitation programs have a total of 20 students. The program has 6 full-time tenure-track faculty, 3 part-time emeriti, and 2 part-time adjunct faculty who teach the CORE accredited curriculum. We hired a full-time tenure track faculty with a CRC during the 2013-2014 academic year. We are also seeking to hire a non-tenure track faculty to begin fall 2014-2015. Additionally, we will be posting a position for a tenure track faculty to begin 2015-2016 to replace a faculty member who will be retiring at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. The instructor to student ratio is 10:1. The average instructor rating for rehabilitation counseling courses for the 2012-013 academic year is 6.50/7.00. The current grade point average of the students in the program is 3.88.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, a total of 27 students graduated from the program. 100% of students passed their clinical coursework. During the same 2012-2013 academic year, 6 of the graduates took the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam www.crccertification.com. The lifting of the hiring freeze for the state agency and overall increase in rehabilitation counseling jobs attributed to the increase in individuals taking the CRC. An increase in graduates taking the CRC is expected in 2014 with the availability of more jobs in the rehabilitation field. All but two of the 2012-2013 graduates are employed or pursuing advanced academic degrees.
About twenty percent of the students are from underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities. The program has a total of approximately 50 semesters of university assistantships for a total of $500,000 each year in student stipend and tuition support.
The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board does not accept the CRC exam to become licensed as a Professional Counselor. However, OU graduates take the licensure classes as part of the rehabilitation counseling curriculum and therefore are eligible for licensure. The national pass rate in 2012 for the NCMHCE is 66% and 67.4% for Ohio schools. Of the OU graduates who take the NCMHCE, the pass rate is 86%. The national pass rate in 2012 for the NCE is 78% and 91% for Ohio schools. Of the OU graduates who take the NCE (Ohio PC licensure exam), 93% pass the exam and become licensed in Ohio as professional counselors, 30% work in employment settings where a license is not required (Public School System, Veteran’s Administration, Community Mental Health, and Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission), and 70% move to a different state or outside the country. The number of graduates remaining in Ohio is expected to increase with the availability of more job opportunities.
The Master's program in Rehabilitation Counselor Education at Ohio University is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). By maintaining CORE accreditation, the program strives to provide the highest quality of faculty and curriculum standards.
For more information, please contact:
Mona Robinson, Ph.D., PCC-S, LSW, CRC
President, Ohio Rehabilitation Association
Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 203
Dr. Christine Suniti Bhat, Ph.D., LPC, LSC
McCracken Hall 374
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