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M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation
and Mental Health Counseling

Course Descriptions

REHB 600. Introduction to Rehabilitation Services. 3 Hours. PR: Consent. Introduction to comprehensive rehabilitation, its history and development as a philosophy process, and professional area. Professional and ethical issues in rehabilitation counseling. Other services involved in various rehabilitation settings.

REHB 610. Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation. 3 Hours. PR: Consent. An overview of medical aspects and implications of disability for the person in the rehabilitation process. Studies of the more common severe disabilities and their remediation also will be included.

REHB 612. Disability Across the Lifespan. 3 Hours. A study of the psychological adjustment of disability across the lifespan, using a model of understanding stages of human development including cultural, interpersonal, and interpersonal factors. Includes information on appropriate interventions.

REHB 620. Career Development and Job Placement. 3 Hours. PR: Consent and graduate standing in social sciences or education. Principles and methods involved in the vocational counseling and placement of disabled persons. The use of occupational and educational information. Theories of career development, occupational analysis, and job placement in rehabilitation.

REHB 624. Rehabilitation Client Services. 3 Hours. PR: REHB 620. The planning and management of client services focusing on serving the public and private sectors. The Human Service and Rehabilitation Service Systems will be explored considering both career and independent living issues.

REHB 680. Research Seminar/Introduction to Research. 3 Hours. Basic concepts, strategies, methodologies, designs, and procedures of counseling-related research. Major emphasis on integrating research designs, measurements, and statistics for initiating research and program evaluation projects, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting and reporting findings. 

COUN 501. Counseling Theory and Techniques 1. 3 Hours. PR: Consent. Development and application of basic counseling skills including interviewing, clinical observations, and a general orientation to counseling theory and settings. Evaluation will be based on strengths and deficits in intra- and interpersonal skills and on demonstration of counseling skills in checkout situations. In-setting laboratory experience required. Note: Attendance at an intensive week on campus is mandatory for skill development. 

COUN 505. Theory and Practice of Human Appraisal. 3 Hours. An overview of standardized evaluation methods commonly utilized in educational and rehabilitation settings. Experience is provided in selection, administration, ethical standards, and interpretation of selected instruments.

COUN 606. Counseling Theory and Techniques 2. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 501 and consent. A study of counseling approaches commonly used in public schools, colleges, and rehabilitation agencies. Application of theory emphasized.

COUN 609. Group Counseling Theory and Techniques. 3 Hours. PR:COUN 606 and consent. Theories of group counseling and demonstrations of specific group techniques. Ethical standards. Evaluation will be based on expertise in group facilitation. Note: Attendance at an intensive week on campus is mandatory for skill development; the portion associated with COUN 608 is the first 2.5 days.

COUN 634. Cultural Issues. 3 Hours. PR: Program major or consent. The impact of cultural differences on the counseling process including gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and counseling styles will be discussed. Racial identity development models will be discussed. Group and experiential activities are required.

COUN 640. Addictions Counseling. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 501 and PR or CONC: COUN 606 or Consent. Specific techniques and models that apply to counseling the addicted client will be explored. Chemical addictions, food addictions, relationship addictions, sexual addictions, and ethics will be addressed. Demonstration of counseling clients with various addictions is required.

COUN 645. Couples and Family Counseling. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 501, COUN 606 or Consent. Techniques and methods of couples and family counseling. Emphasis on ethics, diversity, theory and practice of couples and family counseling. Demonstration of counseling skills for couples and families is required.

COUN 664. Ethical Issues in Counseling. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 501 and COUN 606. Surveys the legal and ethical issues and professional ethics codes in the counseling profession. Ethical principles applied to schools, agencies, and private practice..

COUN 665. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 536 and COUN 606. Framework for exploring the range of personality and behavioral disorders as described in the DSM. Focus on: descriptive criteria, etiology, assessment, diagnosis, multicultural considerations, psychotropic treatments of, and understanding of the major diagnostic categories.

COUN 668. Crisis Trauma Grief Counseling. 3 Hours. PR: COUN 501. Application of theories and techniques related to crisis, trauma, suicide, childhood trauma, disaster mental health issues, and all aspects of grief counseling will be explored.

REHB 672. Counseling Practicum. 3 Hours. PR: Graduate standing, liability insurance, and consent. Supervised experience in the application of counseling techniques in the rehabilitation process. Demonstration of high professional standards, counseling skills, and personal characteristics appropriate to the counseling relationship are essential.

REHB 675. Clinical Practice. 9 Hours. PR: Consent. Clinical practice (internship) in selected agencies, rehabilitation centers, clinics, or hospitals conducting an organized program of services for the physically, mentally, emotionally, or socially handicapped. Practice will be under direct supervision of faculty and agency personnel. Note: Attendance at an intensive week on campus is mandatory; the portion associated with REHB 675 is the internship seminar and program evaluation days.