The Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling graduate education program at West Virginia University forwards the land grant mission of the University by providing a strong practitioner training program focused on the unique needs of diverse communities. We are committed to preparing entry-level rehabilitation and mental health counselors to work competently and ethically within a pluralistic society. Our central organizing approach rests in understanding the unique needs of individuals, couples, families, and groups experiencing disability or other disadvantages across their lifespan in our society, at work, home and play.
A main objective of the program is to prepare counselors with the counseling and assessment knowledge and skills to assist clients with mental, physical and emotional disabilities. To accomplish this objective, the program aims to provide educational and practical experiences that allow every student to meet the following knowledge and outcome expectations.
The objectives of our program are linked to our mission statement. They are to provide:
- Educational experiences for every student that facilitates the development of knowledge, skills and beliefs necessary to practice as qualified clinical rehabilitation and mental health counselors in a wide variety of circumstances.
- Learning opportunities to support students’ ability to implement culturally responsive and ethically sound clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling practices.
- Clinical training environments that are focused on real world expectations and standards of clinical practice.
The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) boards directed leadership in spring 2013 to work toward developing a relationship between the two organizations that would protect and benefit students in rehabilitation counseling programs who were legitimately preparing counselors to work as independent mental health counseling practitioners. In 2015, they announced a merger of the two organizations with CACREP assuming the accreditation responsibilities of programs that have been CORE-accredited effective July 1, 2017.
The CRMHC program at WVU is working toward a dual accreditation that has been offered to programs that were in the developmental stage. This one time only review will be submitted by January 2017 for review by the two accrediting bodies. If the self-study application is not accepted, we will be pursuing accreditation under either clinical rehabilitation counseling or mental health counseling.