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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

During the 2015-2016 academic year, a total of 8 students graduated from the program. During the same 2013-2014 academic year, 5 of the graduates successfully passed the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam. All of the 2015 graduates are employed or pursuing advanced academic degrees.

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, CMH/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling graduates are eligible for licensure as a professional counselor. In 2015, the Ohio University pass rate was an 83.3% on the National Counselor Exam with 15 of 18 students passing the NCE on the first attempt. The National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) pass rate is 61.5%. 

Of the 2015 graduates, approximately 90% were employed within six months of graduation or are pursuing advanced academic degrees. 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.



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