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Clinical Mental Health/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Program Mission

The mission of the Master's Program in Clinical Mental Health [CMH]/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at Ohio University is designed 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.

Program Objectives

The mission of the CMH/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Ohio University is achieved through the following objectives:

  1. 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
  2. Produce research and other scholarly information that is related to promoting the rehabilitation and independence of people with disabilities
  3. 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 CMH/Clinical 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 CMH/Clinical 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 are eligible for licensure as Professional Counselors.

Program Outcomes

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CLRC) program at the Ohio University is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2023 The name was officially changed from Rehabilitation Counseling to Clinical Mental Health/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in 2015 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 2017 at the main campus and will have 10 students.  During 2016, 8  CMH/CLRC 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 counseling program has a total of 23 students. The program has 2 full-time tenure-track faculty, 1 part-time emeriti, and 1 part-time adjunct faculty who teach the CORE accredited curriculum.   The instructor to student ratio is 8:1, while the advising rate is 11:1. The average instructor rating for CMH/CLRC counseling courses for the 2015-2016 academic year is 4.50/5.00. The current grade point average of the students in the program is 3.7.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, a total of 8 students graduated from the program. Approximately, 90% of students passed their clinical coursework. During the same 2015-2016 academic year, there were no students who took the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam  The lack of rehabilitation counseling jobs in the region and state most likely attributed to the decrease in individuals taking the CRC.  An increase in graduates taking the CRC is expected in 2017 with the availability of more jobs nationwide in the rehabilitation field.  Some of the students are exploring career options in other states that hire VRC’s. All of the 2015-2016 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 $600,000 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. Ohio University graduates who take the NCE (Ohio PC licensure exam) had an 83% 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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling program specialization of the M.Ed. Counselor Education degree at Ohio University is fully accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through 2020. However, the department will be seeking reaccreditation for the program in 2016 along with the other programs. The CMH/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at the Ohio University is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2023. The name was officially changed from Rehabilitation Counseling to Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in December 2014 as a part of the requirements to convert the CORE accredited Rehabilitation Counseling program and CACREP-accredited CMH program to the CMH/Clinical Rehabilitation program accredited by CACREP-CORE. By maintaining CACREP-CORE accreditation, the program strives to provide the highest quality of faculty and curriculum standards.

For more information, please contact:

Adrienne Erby, PhD, NCC
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
Lecturer and Interim Director of the George E. Hill Center
McCracken Hall 437A