Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
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 Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CLRC) program at the Ohio University is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2020 www.core-rehab.org. The name was officially changed from Rehabilitation Counseling to Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in December 2014 as a part of the requirements to convert from the CORE accredited Rehabilitation Counseling and CACREP accredited CMH program to the CACREP-CORE CMH/Clinical Rehabilitation program. The master’s 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 CLRC class will be admitted in fall 2015 at the main campus and have 10-15 students. In fall of 2016, we plan to admit 25 CLRC students into the next Ohio University-Lancaster regional cohort program. In May 2013, 18 students graduated from the Lancaster Cohort and in May 2014, 7 students graduated from the main campus. Student outcomes are evaluated each year on a variety of different metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation.
Currently, the graduate rehabilitation program has a total of 20 students. The program has 5 full-time tenure-track faculty, 5 part-time emeriti, and 2 part-time adjunct faculty who teach the CORE accredited curriculum. We hired a full-time non tenure track faculty with a CRC during the 2014-2015 academic year. We are also seeking to hire a tenure track faculty to begin fall 2015-2016. We are currently conducting a search to replace a faculty member who retired at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. The instructor to student ratio is 8:1, while the advising rate is 18:1. The average instructor rating for rehabilitation counseling courses for the 2013-2014 academic year is 4.50/5.00. The current grade point average of the students in the program is 3.8.
During the 2013-2014 academic year, a total of 8 students graduated from the program. Approximately, 98% of students passed their clinical coursework. During the same 2013-2014 academic year, 5 of the graduates successfully passed 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 2015 with the availability of more jobs in the rehabilitation field. All of the 2013-2014 graduates are employed or pursuing advanced academic degrees.
About twenty-five 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 2013 for the NCMHCE is 66.1% and 73.6% for first time takers for Ohio schools. Of the OU graduates who take the NCMHCE, the pass rate is 70.8%. The national pass rate in 2013 for the NCE is 87.2% and 93.8 for first time takers for Ohio schools. Of the OU graduates who take the NCE (Ohio PC licensure exam), 85.7% pass the exam on the first time and become licensed in Ohio as professional counselors. Approximately 80% of our graduates work in employment settings where a license is required. About 20% work in settings where license may not be required (Public School System, Veteran’s Administration, Community Mental Health, Community Rehabilitation Programs, and Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission). Approximately, 90% of our graduates move to a different city, state or outside of the country.
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