The Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program at WVU is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), effective July 2017 until 2024. We are one of 24 programs in the country dually accredited in clinical rehabilitation counseling and clinical mental health counseling. An internship experience must meet the objectives of both specializations or students divide the 600 required hours between two sites.
Students who graduated from the program meeting all the criteria for the CRMHC between December 2016 and July 2017 can be considered grandfathered as a graduate of a CACREP accredited program in clinical mental health counseling and clinical rehabilitation counseling.
(a) Number of program graduates from the 2017-2018 academic year: 15 students graduated from our program this past year.
(b) Completion rate: 90%. Each year we accept 22 to 24 people from the application pool to join our program of study. Each year approximately 2 students drop out of the program for personal reasons or feeling that it is not the right fit. In order to help people make decisions about their fit with the program, we provide materials on our website, the coordinator is available to speak directly with them and they participate interviews with the members of our faculty.
After they accept a slot in our program, incoming students are provided information that has been developed to help them begin the process of becoming an effective graduate student, particularly in an online format. They undertake a character strengths survey to reflect on their role as a counselor in training, and are provided electronic and print copies of our program and clinical handbooks that outline the objectives, expectations and ethical standards. An orientation session is held to ensure they have a grasp on the expectations of the program as well as the “classroom” format. We begin immediately implementing our self care for counselors initiative with them and also discuss lessons learned, to include correlations between time spent in “class” reading, watching videos, participating in activities and discussion and final grades.
Given the nature of the online educational format, we take advantage of our ability to have an impact on the development of an overlooked skill in counselor preparation – writing. Having this skill and practicing it in various arenas of their training addresses critical thinking skills but also leads to a higher quality of communication that leads to better treatment flow, measurement of outcomes, and client advocacy (Florin, 2012). Our incoming students are required to complete a plagiarism preparation and test, as well as a training and test on the rules of APA Style®, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, that offer sound guidance for writing with simplicity, power, and concision. There was 100% compliance among the 2018 student body. In addition, they are informed of the WVU practice of providing free Office 365 software to students and how they can use spellcheck and Grammarly in their work.
(c) Licensure or certification examination pass rate: This data is not available at this time.
(d) Job placement rate. The 2018 graduating class achieved a 100% rate for employment in their chosen profession within 2 months of graduation. They are working as counselors in vocational rehabilitation agencies, community rehabilitation programs, mental health counseling, and addiction/recovery programs.
Demographics. Out of the 43 students who are in the program as of 9/1/2018, 35 are female and 8 are male. Among the female students, the racial/ethnic demographics are: Black or African American 3; Latina 1; and White 31. Among the male students, all are White. Eighteen of the 43 students have a disability. They are living and working in states across the country, to include Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia.
Average Time Necessary to Complete the Program
The minimum amount of time in which a student can complete our 63-credit hour program is 2 years. We have two starting options – fall and spring cohorts. A cohort program is ‘a group of people banded together or treated as a group’ in a degree program or course of study. Students have the option, under consultation with their advisors, to participate across cohorts if that best meets their needs. Part time plans are available.
There is a maximum amount of time a student is allowed for completion. Any coursework applied to the CRMHC program of study at the time of graduation is less than eight years. This is a program and a university policy.
Estimated Cost of Program Attendance
The above amounts are based on tuition rates announced in summer 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year. New rates are normally announced in the summer prior to an academic year.
- Textbooks are part of the educational experience and we work toward minimizing those expenses. Most of our textbooks can be rented or possibly purchased used. Purchase of textbooks at full cost can be estimated at $1,600 over the course of the program.
- Software for the professional portfolio, to maintain syllabi and other resources, as well as to track the hours for clinical experience is part of the requirement and the seven year contract is approximately $130. Students are also required to take the VIA Strengths Survey prior to the first intensive week and that cost is $40.
- During the two weeks of onsite experiences, students are responsible for costs associated with transportation, room and board. Travel expenses vary and we are able to negotiate a special fee at the hotel for students.
- The university provides students the opportunity to obtain a free download
of Office 365 and that package includes Grammarly.
The CRMHC program provides students access to applications for scholarships available within the College of Education and Human Services and the program. Other scholarship opportunities are listed in on this site under Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs.