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 theRehabilitation Counseling program, the Counselor Education program will formally endorse the student for theCertified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)certification and/or employment appropriate to therehabilitation 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. In 2011, we admitted 15 students to the Athens cohort and 25 rehabilitation counseling students to the Ohio University-Lancaster regional cohort. Twenty-nine students graduated in May 2013 and two graduated in August 2013. Students on the Athens campus complete the program within the 2 ½ years. The curriculum for our regional programs is designed to accommodate students who wish to attend on a part-time basis. Thus, students in our regional cohort complete the program in three years.
Currently, the graduate rehabilitation programs have a total of 19 students. The program has 6 full-time tenure-track faculty, 3 part-time emeriti, and 4 part-time adjunct faculty who teach the CORE accredited curriculum. This year we hired a full-time tenure track faculty to replace a faculty member who was CRC that left at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. We are also seeking to hire a non-tenure track teaching faculty to replace a faculty member who left at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. The instructor to student ratio is 10:1.
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.
For the 2012-2013 academic year a total of 31 students graduated from the program. All of the students passed their clinical coursework. During the same 2012-2013 academic year, 13 of the graduates took and successfully passed the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam www.crccertification.com. This is an increase from 2011-2012 when only 4 students took the CRC exam. An increase in graduates taking the CRC exam is expected in 2014 with the availability of more jobs in the rehabilitation field. All of the 2012-2013 graduates were employed within six months of graduation or are pursuing advanced academic degrees. Most of our students were employed prior to graduation, often through jobs obtained during the internship.
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. All students take either the CRCC or NCE as a condition of successfully completing the portfolio class that is designed to assess overall comprehensive learning in the program. 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. Graduates are employed in a wide variety of settings, including the state-federal public rehabilitation system, non-profit community-based rehabilitation programs, private rehabilitation centers, mental health centers, university disability services, and other specialized rehabilitation centers. Some graduates work in employment settings where a license is not required (Public School System, Veteran’s Administration, Community Mental Health, and Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission), while others 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.
In compliance with CORE Standard A.5, Ohio University provides accreditation information to the University Administration regarding program enrollments, student achievements, and accreditation status. Additionally, we disseminate program information yearly to our Advisory Board by providing a copy of the annual assessment report and by posting it on the website.
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