Department of Counselor Education

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

The Master of Education in Counselor Education with a specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling is an interdisciplinary field of study specifically designed to train professional clinical rehabilitation counselors to work for and with persons with disabilities in both the public and private sectors. The program offers a dual accreditation in Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. It prepares individuals for professional leadership, administration, direct service, private practice and forensic practice.

The clinical rehabilitation counseling program at Florida Atlantic University regularly informs the public of its performance, including enrollment, graduation, accreditation status, and student achievement scores (the number passing the CRC exam) through semester newsletters, reports to academic officials and a web group formed for FAU alumni. Over the past 5 years (2012-2017), there have been 26 graduates. On average, students complete the clinical rehabilitation counseling program and the classes needed to be eligible for licensure in the state of Florida in 8 semesters or about 2 ½ years. Many students receive free tuition through work for the state or federal rehabilitation programs, and many scholarships are available and can be found by asking the department coordinator.

All graduates in the past three years have been employed in the clinical rehabilitation/clinical mental health field within six months of graduation. The majority of graduates are working in the field before they graduate, securing employment through the help of the program and field placement sites. Graduates work in the public and private sector, including  state vocational rehabilitation, the Division of Blind Services, the Veterans Administration and private practice. Students in the program are required to take the CRC exam as a part of the program requirements. The clinical rehabilitation program was one of the first programs at FAU to require an evidence-based national exam as a part of graduation requirements. Since this requirement began in 2006, all but two students have passed the CRC exam for a pass rate of over 90%; the national average pass rate is approximately 67%.

Preparing for Your New Career

The Master of Education in Counselor Education with a specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling combines academic instruction with clinical and experiential learning. The program is designed to give students the competencies to provide a wide range of services and apply a variety of clinical modalities to assist persons with disabilities.

Graduates of this program may pursue positions as counselors, administrators, independent consultants, and case managers in a variety of organizations and settings, such as state rehabilitation agencies, private independent practice, rehabilitation hospitals, forensic practice, insurance-based systems such as workers' compensation, and private industry.

In each of these settings, clinical rehabilitation counselors are instrumental in service provision, personal & family counseling, and advocacy.

Clinical rehabilitation counselors become eligible to apply for several credentials as a result of successful completion of the FAU training course. Graduates are eligible for national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). In addition, graduates will also be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. Further national certifications may also include Certificated Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), and Certified Case Manager (CCM).

Rehabilitation Counselor Coursework

Foundation Courses
  • MHS 5005 Counseling Processes
  • MHS 6401 Counseling Theories
  • MHS 6482 Lifespan Development
Core Courses
  • MHS 6700 Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling
  • MHS 6430 Family Counseling
  • MHS 6450 Substance Abuse Counseling
  • MHS 6470 Counseling and Human Sexuality
  • MHS 5428 Counseling Special Needs Populations
  • MHS 6510 Group Counseling
  • MHS 6220 Appraisal and Evaluation in Counseling
  • MHS 6340 Career Development
  • MHS 6710 Counseling Research and Evidence-based Practice
  • STA 6113 Educational Statistics
Clinical Rehabilitation Specialization
  • MHS 6070 Psychopathology in Counseling
  • RCS 6320 Occupational Information and Job Placement
  • RCS 6031 Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery
  • RCS 6080 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • RCS 6644 Case Management and Vocational Rehabilitation
  • RCS 6801 Practicum
  • RCS 6805 Advanced Practicum
  • RCS 6825 Internship