Mission and Objectives


The mission of the program for the Master of Health Sciences degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling is to provide professional education and clinical experience to master’s level students who are committed to serving persons of all ages with various challenges related to physical, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities or other life situations to achieve their academic, personal, career, social and independent-living goals in the most integrated settings possible. Professional preparation of master’s level students will focus on equipping students with knowledge and skills to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities.  Master’s level students will be prepared to assume the full range of professional responsibilities required in a variety of counseling settings and are motivated to contribute to scholarship and service locally and nationally. This mission is achieved through various academic, clinical, research and scholarly activities.

Program Objectives

The Master of Health Sciences degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling program seeks:

1. To educate counselors who demonstrate sound knowledge and strong skills in:

                a. Foundations and orientation to the counseling profession;
                b. Medical and psychosocial aspects of disability;
                c. Counseling approaches and principles;
                d. Counseling, prevention, and intervention;
                e. Diversity, advocacy, and accommodation;
                f.  Assessment and diagnosis;
                g. Human growth and development;
                h. Research and evaluation;
                i.  Employment, career and vocational counseling;
                j.  Individual, group work and family counseling;
                k. Case management and job placement;
                l.  Individual and systems advocacy.

2. To foster professionalism among students and faculty and facilitate their involvement in professional organizations and activities;
3. To foster an awareness of the needs and resources within our client communities, meaningful involvement of faculty and students in addressing these needs;
4. To offer and support opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on research projects in the spirit of the scientist-practitioner model;
5. To provide continuing education and consultation opportunities responsive to the needs of counseling and rehabilitation professionals.