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Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling,
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track
Community Counseling Track


 

Curriculum

NOTE: Applications are accepted only for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track.  The Community Counseling Track is closed to new applicants.

The curriculum is designed to reflect major areas of study important in the preparation of counselors with expertise in working with individuals with psychiatric and other disabilities in the community.  The curriculum is designed to reflect the accreditation standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track is a 60 credit degree and can be completed in two years on a full-time basis or three years (or more) on a part-time basis.  This includes attendance in the summer semester as certain courses are offered only in this semester.  Students complete a counseling core of 13 courses (39 credits).  This course work provides students with a strong foundation in content areas such as theories of counseling, techniques and methods for counseling individuals and groups, human growth and development and the impact of disabilities, and ethical and legal standards of the profession.  All students complete a practicum of at least 100 hours including 40 hours of direct service and an internship of at least 600 hours including 240 hours of direct service.  These clinical experiences totaling 9 credits, give students the opportunity to practice and integrate counseling skills learned in coursework.  The practicum and internship are completed in agency settings consistent with the student's choice of specialization.  With permission of the agency and of the Program Director, students employed in relevant settings may complete these experiences at their agency.  Students complete four courses (12 credits) of specialized course work in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in addition to the core counseling courses and the clinical experiences.

Listed below are the major areas of study important in the preparation of counseling professionals that are taken by all students as part of the degree:

  • Professional Identity
  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Career Development
  • Helping Relationships
  • Group Work
  • Assessment
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Community Services and Resources
  • Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability

Course Descriptions:

Course descriptions are available at http://coursecatalog.shrp.rutgers.edu/


Requirements for Graduation:

M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track

The course of study includes 60 credits in the following areas:
Core counseling courses: 39 credits
Clinical experience courses: 9 credits

Specialized counseling courses: 12 credits

Core Counseling Courses - 39 credits

PSRT 5102   Counseling Techniques I

PSRT 5323   Theories of Counseling and Personality

PSRT 5103   Human Growth and Development

PSRT 5242   Group Methods

PSRT 5313   Foundations of the Counseling Profession

PSRT 5315   Evaluation and Assessment

PSRT 5320   Social and Cultural Diversity Issues

PSRT 5201   Career Development Theory

PSRT 5030   Statistical and Research Methods
PSRT 5310   Psychopathology

PSRT 5132   Medical Aspects of Disabilities

PSRT 5123   Community Counseling and Resources

PSRT 5403   Career Counseling and Consultation

Clinical Experience Courses - 9 credits

PSRT 6011   Practicum in Counseling

PSRT 6012   Internship in Counseling (6 credits)

Specialized Clinical Mental Health Counseling Courses - 12 credits

PSRT 5101   Seminar in Principles and Practices of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
PSRT 5252   Addictions and Mental Illness
PSRT 5051   Seminar in Evidence-based and Promising Practices

Elective - Course related to clinical mental health counseling

M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Community Counseling Track

NOTE:  This track is closed to new applicants. 

 

The course of study includes 51 credits in the following areas:

Core counseling courses:  39 credits 

Clinical experience courses: 9 credits

Elective:  3 credits

Core Counseling Courses - 39 Credits
PSRT 5102   Counseling Techniques I
PSRT 5323   Theories of Counseling and Personality
PSRT 5103   Human Growth and Development
PSRT 5242   Group Methods
PSRT 5313   Foundations of the Counseling Profession
PSRT 5315   Evaluation and Assessment
PSRT 5320   Social and Cultural Diversity Issues
PSRT 5201   Career Development Theory
PSRT 5030   Statistical and Research Methods
PSRT 5310   Psychopathology
PSRT 5132   Medical Aspects of Disabilities
PSRT 5123   Community Counseling and Resources
PSRT 5403   Career Counseling and Consultation

Clinical Experience Courses - 9 Credits
PSRT 6011   Practicum in Counseling
PSRT 6012   Internship in Counseling (6 credits)   

Elective - 3 Credits

The elective is selected from graduate level courses in advanced practice.  Examples of electives include: 

PSRT 5252   Addictions and Mental Illness

PSRT 6116   Wellness and Recovery

PSRT 4261   Developmental Disabilities

PSRT 5101   Seminar in Principles and Practices of Psychiatric Rehabilitation

PSRT 5051   Seminar in Evidence-based and Promising Practices

PSRT 4271   Role of Families in Rehabilitation

Professional Liability Insurance:
Students must be covered by professional liability insurance while participating in practicum (PSRT 6011) or internship (PSRT 6012) experiences.  Under the Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), the University provides professional and general liability coverage for the student performing activities under the terms of the MOU agreement.  This coverage provides for limits of coverage of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 in the aggregate, provided through a Program of Self-Insurance. 

Students may wish to make arrangements to obtain their own professional liability insurance.  This is a recommended practice followed by many counseling professionals even when insurance is provided by the agency.  Such insurance is available at low cost through one of the professional associations.  American Counseling Association (ACA) student membership includes liability insurance for ACA student members enrolled and engaged in a master's degree counseling curriculum at a post secondary institution.  This coverage is solely while performing counseling services such as the practicum and internship related to such curriculum.  Additional information is available at www.counseling.org/Students

 

 
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