M.S. Sport & Human Performance/M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling

M.S. Sport & Human Performance /  
M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling  

M.S. Sport & Human Performance / 
M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling  

M.S. Sport & Human Performance / M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling


  • Stand out in the job market with a unique dual degree that offers training in rehabilitation counseling and sport psychology—all with a focus on social justice.
  • Meet growing demand for counselors and empower those with disabilities as well as working within adaptive sport communities
  • Train with expert faculty in small classes designed to foster collaboration and community.
  • Gain extensive hands-on experience with a unique focus on socially responsible practice.

Our Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares clinicians to improve quality of life for individuals who face physical, developmental, and emotional challenges. Trained to confront systemic barriers and increase opportunities for inclusion, our graduates are well equipped to empower populations such as the elderly, veterans, and people with disabilities in a wide range of settings.

Our innovative program is also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), which recognizes programs that meet or exceed the highest standards for counselor preparation. With a comprehensive theoretical curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences, we excel at preparing clinicians for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination and careers in counseling, case management, and advocacy.

Our immersive learning environment prepares students to work not only with individuals with disabilities, but also communities in addressing challenges stemming from disability, including employers, family members, education professionals, and others. Our Rehabilitation Counseling training revolves around three core elements: ethical behavior, diversity or individual differences, and critical thinking. Rigorous coursework and real-world experience focus students on creating positive social change—all led by experts in the field.

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change with small, collaborative classes taught by leading practitioners and scholars in the field of rehabilitation counseling. Our diverse faculty brings together classroom learning with individualized mentorship and hands-on professional experience.

Unique to our institution is the Social Justice Practicum, a nonclinical experiential practicum completed by all Adler students to cultivate the skills for becoming agents of social change. Working with our network of hundreds of community partners, students develop the practical knowledge and understanding of what it means to engage with communities and be a socially responsible practitioner.

Students also complete extensive field training, which provides opportunities to develop professional counseling skills working with individuals with disabilities in a variety of medical facilities, clinics, rehabilitation centers, private practices, community organizations, and government agencies. This training consists of a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship, typically at the same site

In the dual degree program, students will have the opportunity to accumulate 400 hours in various sport environments with of athletes, teams, coaches. Students may spend 18-24 months at sites around the Chicago area to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience and accumulate all hours necessary for CMPC certification.

Accreditation, Licensure & Certification

Adler’s M.A. in Rehabilitation program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body which is a requirement for licensure in many states. The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Students wishing to seek licensure are strongly encouraged to research the requirements to sit for licensure for each state or province in which they wish to practice.

Graduates of the program are also eligible to take part in the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, after successful passage of the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and completion of required experiences.

In particular, graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the following credentials:

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a nationally recognized credential.
  • The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois.
  • The Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training and supervised experiences.

We offer specialized courses in sport psychology and externship opportunities to promote certification with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Students can gain practical experience to be eligible for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC)credential once they complete this program. Faculty members are active in their respective areas of expertise and engage with students to promote opportunities for professional development in the field as well as at state and national conferences.


Our program is designed to prepare rehabilitation counselors to provide evaluation, personal and vocational counseling, and support
for independent living in a range of settings, including:

  • State and federal rehabilitation facilities
  • Mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Paralympic athletes
  • Adaptive sport organizations
  • Military and Wounded Warriors
  • Veterans administration
  • Amateur and professional athlete organizations
  • Career counseling centers
  • Private rehabilitation organizations
  • Private practice