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The Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Counseling is designed to meet the need for (1) specialized professional personnel in vocational rehabilitation who are able to provide high quality vocational rehabilitation services to clients with disabilities, especially those with the most significant conditions; (2) developing rehabilitation counselors who are trained to address the multi-dimensional needs of clients from diverse backgrounds; (3) meeting manpower needs for qualified vocational rehabilitation personnel in private and public rehabilitation settings; (4) providing increased opportunities for human services personnel to upgrade their skills; and (5) preparing vocational rehabilitation counselors to work in varied rehabilitation settings. These human resource training needs have become more pressing with the enactment of the new Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education, Inc. (CORE).

A minimum of forty-nine (49) credit hours of graduate work, which usually takes 21⁄2 academic years of full-time study or its equivalent, is required for completing the program. The program requirements include course work in three areas: academic studies, clinical work, and internship experiences. A research option, either Option I or II, must be selected by the student for program completion. 

The field work/internship component is an integral part of the program and is, therefore, mandatory for all students. Counselors who are employed in rehabilitation agencies may use their job sites as the facility for the internship. The practicum component of the program is one (1) credit and consists of a minimum of 100 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in a rehabilitation agency/facility. The internship component consists of three (3) courses for a total of nine (9) credits. To earn three (3) credits in any of the three (3) internship courses, a minimum of two hundred (200) clock hours of supervised clinical experience in a rehabilitation agency/facility is required. 

A student desiring to work toward the Master of Education degree in Rehabilitation Counseling should first confer with one of the faculty advisors of the program. This step should be taken immediately after admission to the program.

REQUIREMENTS

Rehabilitation Foundation Credits 

6 Credit Hours
REHB 513 Introduction to Rehabilitation  3
REHB 516 Theories and Techniques of Counseling 3
Rehabilitation Core  21 Credit Hours
REHB 502 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability 3
REHB 503 Psychiatric Aspects of Disability 3
REHB 508 Legal and Ethical Issues for the Professional Counselor 3
REHB 521 Seminar in Occupational Information and Rehabilitation Placement   3
REHB 535 Community Resources in Mental and Physical Health  3
REHB 536 Casework/Caseload Management  3
REHB 636 Multicultural Counseling  3
Measurement and Research   9 Credit Hours
REHB 581 Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Prerequisite for REHB 582)  3
REHB 582 Seminar Rehabilitation Research  3
REHB 598 Vocational Evaluation and Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities  3
Field Work and Internship Program  10 Credit Hours
REHB 525 Practicum (Prerequisite for REHB 526)  1
REHB 526 Internship I (200 clock hours-supervised agency training)  3
REHB 527 Internship II (200 clock hours-supervised agency training)  3
REHB 528 Internship III (200 clock hours-supervised agency training)  3
Recommended Electives   3 Credit Hours
REHB 500 Sign Language I
REHB 501 Sign Language II
REHB 514 Independent Living
REHB 610 Organization and Administration of Counseling and Rehabilitation Programs
PSYC 501 Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
PSYC 512 Mental Health
PSYC 529 Seminar in Human Growth and Development
PSYC 612 Group Counseling
PSYC 625 Psychotherapy and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders 

COURSES REQUIRED: THE COMPLETION OF RESEARCH OPTIONS I & II

  • Option I 
    • REHB 581 Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
    • REHB 582 Seminar Rehabilitation Research (3 credits)
  • Option II
    • REHB 581 Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
    • REHB 582 Seminar Rehabilitation Research (3 credits)
    • REHB 583 Thesis Project I (3 credits)
    • REHB 584 Thesis Project II (3 credits)

The following areas of specialization are available in the graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling:

A. Alcoholism Counseling and Addiction Services

This specialty area is designed to prepare rehabilitation counselors to work with persons having alcohol and drug-related problems. A student desiring to work toward the Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a concentration in Alcoholism Counseling and Addiction Services is generally governed by the conditions of the regular graduate program. Six (6) additional courses are required to complete the degree program, which includes eighteen (18) credit hours in the area of specialization. An individualized program plan is prepared for each student, based on his/her interest and background of preparation.

The Director of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program will be responsible for developing the seventy-six (76) credit hour program for each student at the time of his/her entry into the program. The student’s plan will remain in the files of his/her departmental office as well as the office of the Division of Graduate Studies.

Nine (9) credit hours (600 clock hours) in internship courses are included in the program and are directed to supervised field experience in addiction facilities.

Students seeking certification in Alcoholism Counseling may take additional courses in field training, to complete four thousand (4,000) clock hours of field work required by the Maryland Alcoholism Counselors Certification Board.

Requirements
 PSYC 621 Seminar in Physiological and Psycho-Social Aspects of Alcoholism and Other Addictions  3
PSYC 622 Addiction Prevention Techniques for the Individual, the Family, the School and the Community  3
PSYC 641 Advanced Individual and Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client  3
PSYC 642 Advanced Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client
PSYC 643 Action Research on Alcoholism and Multiple Addictions in the Inner City and Other Communities  3
PSYC 644 Management of Addiction Treatment; Programs and Personnel  3
PSYC 650 Field Training in Alcoholism/Addiction Services (200 clock hours supervised field experience)  3
PSYC 651 Field Training in Alcoholism/Addiction Services II (200 clock hours supervised field experience)  3
PSYC 652 Field Training in Alcoholism/Addiction Services III (200 clock hours-supervised field experience)  3

Note: Additional field training courses, PSYC 653 through PSYC 659, are offered as necessary. 

B. Human Resources Management

This area of specialization is intended to prepare rehabilitation counselors who will qualify for administrative positions in human services agencies. The didactic course work includes graduate studies in human resources, employment and training, and public administration. The course work is supplemented by a practicum in Human Resources Administration. 

A student desiring to work toward the Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a concentration in Human Resources Management is generally governed by the conditions for the Rehabilitation Counseling Program. A minimum of sixty-seven (67) credit hours of graduate work [that is, eighteen (18) additional credit hours] is required to complete the degree program, which includes eighteen (18) credit hours in the specialty area. An individualized program plan is also developed for each student electing Human Resources Management as the specialty area.

Nine (9) credit hours (600 clock hours) in internship courses included in the regular Rehabilitation Counseling Program and three (3) credit hours (90 clock hours) in the practicum in Human Resources Administration are mandatory for all students in this specialty area.

Requirements
REHB 611 Public Employment Policy Analysis  3
REHB 612 Labor Market Theory and Analysis  3
REHB 613 Human Resources Program Management  3
REHB 614 Practicum in Human Resources Administration (90 clock hours-supervised field experience)  3
CRJU 553 Public Administration  3
CRJU 574 Research for Planning  3

C. Rehabilitation Research Training

The objective of this specialty area is to introduce students and research workers in rehabilitation education and related fields to the concepts and applications of statistics and research methodology. Emphasis is placed on the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data for purposes of program evaluation and other experiments.

A student desiring to work toward the Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, with concentration in research training is generally governed by the conditions for the Rehabilitation Counseling Program. A minimum of sixty-seven (67) credit hours of graduate work must include eighteen (18) credit hours in research training. 

Furthermore, a thesis is required which earns an additional six (6) credits in two semesters. The number and sequence of courses in the regular Rehabilitation Counseling Program, which should be taken in addition to the courses designed for research training, are to be determined by the student on the advice of the program director or the faculty advisor. When appropriate and based on the background preparation of a student, one or more of the courses scheduled for research training may be waived and replaced by an equal number of courses from the regular program. The field work and internship experiences are mandatory for all students with the concentration in Rehabilitation Research Training.

Requirements 
REHB 582 Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
REHB 509 Seminar: Research in Rehabilitation Education
PSYC 501 Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities

The following Certificate Programs are available in the Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Counseling:

 A. Job Development and Job Placement Services

The objective of this Certificate Program is to introduce students to the concepts and applications of job development and job placement services for both the consumer and employer and to provide current training techniques to increase the employment outcomes and job retention for individuals with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on technology in the workplace and special services for individuals who are blind or have vision impairments, and individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired.

The program consists of a minimum of eighteen (18) credit hours. Students must complete fifteen (15) credit hours of course work and an internship of three (3) credit hours.

Requirements
REHB 513 Introduction to Rehabilitation  3
REHB 521 Seminar in Occupational Information and Rehabilitation Placement  3
REHB 507 Introduction to Assistive Technology  3
REHB 526 Internship I  3
PSYC 613 Career Development and Occupational Choice  3

B. Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment

The objective of this Certificate Program is to introduce students to the fundamentals and theories involved in vocational evaluation and work adjustment services. Additionally, this program will provide the student with knowledge of the instruments and techniques used to assess personal characteristics (such as aptitude, achievement, interest, values, and other personal traits) as well as worker’s traits, vocational skills, assets and limitations. Such areas will be addressed as computer-assisted technology, assessment measures and techniques, interpretation of data from assessment instruments, report writing and ethics.

This certificate program will prepare students to work more effectively with evaluating individuals with disabilities and with providing work adjustment services and recommendations, consequently, improving upon vocational outcomes and job retention.

The scope of knowledge and skills required to provide vocational evaluation and work adjustment services to individuals with disabilities is both comprehensive and specialized. It is a role which involves sensitivity to the cultural diversity of test takers. Additionally, it requires knowledge of the selection of appropriate evaluation tools, the purpose of test taking, and an understanding of ethical issues as well as the available testing technologies.

This program consists of a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours. Students must complete twelve (12) credit hours of course work and an internship of three (3) credit hours.

Requirements Credits
REHB 513 Introduction to Rehabilitation  3
REHB 598 Vocational Evaluation and Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities  3
REHB 500 Sign Language I  3
REHB 507 Introduction to Assistive Technology  3
REHB 526 Internship I  3

C. Counselor Certification and Licensure

The objective of this Certificate Program is to provide a structure by which required courses can be completed by those students who are preparing to apply for State of Maryland Certification or Licensure as a professional counselor.

In addition to completing the following twenty-one (21) credit hours, interested students are required to complete forty-nine (49) credit hours in the Rehabilitation Counseling Education Master’s Program in order to become eligible to sit for the state exam.

Requirements Credits
PSYC 614 Techniques of Marriage and Family Counseling
PSYC 514 Theories of Personality
PSYC 529 Seminar in Human Growth and Development
PSYC 641 Advanced Individual and Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client
PSYC 501 Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
PSYC 612 Group Counseling
PSYC 625 Psychotherapy and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders

Note: The above-listed course requirements are subject to change based on the Board of Professional Counselors Licensure Regulations. Students pursuing course work towards licensure should confer with a faculty advisor in the program

D. Assistive Technology

This fifteen (15) hour comprehensive Certificate Program is designed to meet the demand for qualified Assistive Technology (AT) professionals, and rehabilitation practitioners who seek to enhance their professional development and skill level by earning a Certificate in Assistive Technology. Training modalities include lectures, demonstrations, discussions, field visits, hands-on experiences, and presentations on assistive technology. Participants must have or establish an e-mail account and access to the World Wide Web for assignments and web research activities.

Requirements
REHB 507 Introduction to Assistive Technology
REHB 510 Designing and Using Assistive Technology
REHB 511 Special Project - Applications of Technology
REHB 598 Vocational Evaluation and Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
REHB 636 Multicultural Counseling

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