The Rehabilitation Counseling Program seeks to prepare students at the Master’s level to become highly competent, quality-oriented, and culturally sensitive professionals who work with individuals with disabilities. The program strives to ensure that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to assist individuals with disabilities in their pursuit of independence that accounts for vocational, personal, social, and psychological endeavors. The program subscribes to a scientist-practitioner model for academic preparation to illustrate the importance of intersecting evidence-based and theoretical concepts with practice. Our mission is accomplished through a commitment to the values of empowerment, collaboration, holism, innovation, and quality.
- To recruit high quality candidates of diverse background who demonstrate the potential to be successful in working with individuals with disabilities, meeting the needs of the disability community, and addressing professional issues that continuously arise.
- To maintain a Master-level curriculum that aligns with the standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) to ensure students receive the highest quality of academic training to become rehabilitation counselors well equipped to work with a diverse population. Specific content domains in which students are trained include:
- professional counseling orientation and ethical practice
- social and cultural diversity
- human growth and development
- career development
- counseling and helping relationships
- group counseling and group work
- assessment and testing
- research and program evaluation
- practicum and internship experience.
- To ensure the program curriculum sufficiently prepares students to be eligible for the certification exam in Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) and/or the New York state licensing in mental health (LMHC), depending on program designation
- To continually revise program requirements in an effort to remain current with the needs of the disability community and ensure students are prepared to manage contemporary professional issues.
- To further develop and strengthen the program’s relationship with the disability and human services communities to remain connected to the field and current in academic instruction, as well as facilitate quality fieldwork and employment opportunities for students in the program.