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Chicago | Master of Arts

Master’s (M.A.) in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Department of Counseling & Integrated Programs

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares socially responsible 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 accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) within the Rehabilitation Counseling specialty (we are seeking recognition as a Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialty with our next accreditation). With a comprehensive curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences, we prepare students 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.

This program also allows students to add on a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling for an additional 12 credits of coursework.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling is a 62-credit hour program that requires the successful completion of field training and courses from those listed below. Classes are offered in the morning, afternoons, and evenings. Some courses are also offered in an online or hybrid (partially online) format.

The mission of the program is to educate students in the profession of rehabilitation counseling, with a special emphasis on the provision of services that enhance the independence and quality of life for persons with disabilities. Special emphasis is placed on training students to become socially responsible practitioners who embrace diverse perspectives in the broadest possible sense, and who empower individuals with disabilities to build bridges across social, economic, cultural, racial, and political systems. The program will foster the development of social equality, justice, and respect for individuals with disabilities in the global community.

Core Courses
  • Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • Adlerian Theory and Counseling
  • Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Counseling Theories
  • Counseling Skills
  • Diagnosis of Maladaptive Behavior
  • Counseling Multicultural Communities
  • Group Counseling
  • Couple and Family Counseling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Appraisal and Assessment
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Career Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, & Job Placement
  • Treatment Planning, Intervention, and Advocacy
  • MACR Comprehensive Examination
Field Training

Field Training and Seminars:

  • Social Justice Practicum I
  • Social Justice Practicum II
  • MACR Practicum and Seminar
  • MACR Internship and Seminar I
  • MACR Internship and Seminar II
Electives

The Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs offers a variety of elective courses to their program students. M.A. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling students are required to take an elective of a three-credit-hour class. Depending on the offering cycle, please note that not all the electives are offered at the same time or may not be available for both on-ground or online students. We recommend that Canadian students take the thesis series as the elective should they plan to pursue doctoral studies in Canada. Examples of electives offered by the Department include:

  • Child & Adolescent Counseling
  • Psychedelic-Assisted Counseling
  • Counseling Older Adults and Families
  • Counseling and Human Sexuality
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Mind, Body, and Meditative Practices in Counseling
  • Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • Advanced Couple and Family Counseling
  • Advanced Couples Counseling
  • Existential and Gestalt Therapy
  • Asian Meditation Therapies
  • Counseling Difficult, Defiant Adolescents
  • Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Aspects of Addictions
  • Advanced Addictions Treatment
  • Advanced Adlerian Theory and Practice
  • Psychopharmacology in Counseling
  • Introduction to Play Therapy
  • Advanced Play Therapy
  • Introduction to Sport & Human Performance
  • Contemporary Issues in Cultural Sport Psychology

OR choose the thesis series below as one of the electives:

  • Preparation for Applied Thesis
  • M.A. Thesis I
  • M.A. Thesis II

More detailed information, including course descriptions, can be found in the Adler University catalog here.

Dual Degree

Dual Degrees

M.A. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling / M.S. Sport & Human Performance
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. Our Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical 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) within the Rehabilitation Counseling specialty, 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. We are seeking recognition as a Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialty with our next accreditation.

M.A. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling / M.A. Forensic Mental Health Leadership
Adler University’s unique M.A. in Forensic Mental Health Leadership / M.A. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling dual degree prepares graduates to improve quality of life for individuals who face physical, behavioral, developmental, and emotional challenges — all with a focus on social justice. Our innovative program is also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) within the Rehabilitation Counseling specialty, which recognizes programs that meet or exceed the highest standards for counselor preparation. 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. The forensic distinctions offered in the dual degree program will also prepare graduates to work as mental health counselors with individuals, families and systems that interface with the legal and criminal justice arena. Our aim is to prepare clinicians who will be able to assess, treat, consult and apply a full array of counseling services in forensic and correctional settings.

The dual degree option also uniquely qualifies graduates to conduct specialized evaluations and provide expert witness and consultant services to the courts in a variety of civil litigation venues, including: personal injury; product liability; Worker’s Compensation; Social Security disability; employment law; discrimination; catastrophic injury with a Life Care Plan; professional malpractice; divorce; wrongful death of an adult or child; and other related areas. We are seeking recognition as a Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialty with our next accreditation.

Social Justice Practicum

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

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.

Click here for more information about our program outcomes.

2019-2020 M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling Program Annual Report

Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners who embrace diversity and help individuals achieve greater autonomy.

Program Objectives

The Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is designed to meet the following learning objectives. Upon completion of the program, students will:

Program Objective 1: Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
Describe and apply all aspects of professional practice, including history, roles, professional organizations, ethic and legal standards, counselor credentials and advocacy processes.

Program Objective 2: Social and Cultural Diversity
Develop self-awareness and multicultural counseling competencies. Apply theory and research on cultural factors impacting counseling relationships in a multicultural and diverse society, and the role of social justice and advocacy to the practice of counseling.

Program Objective 3: Human Growth and Development
Apply models of individual, couples, and family development in the practice of counseling with emphasis on cultural diversity across the lifespan.

Program Objective 4: Career Development
Demonstrate knowledge and apply career development and decision-making models and strategies with multicultural and diverse populations.

Program Objective 5: Helping Relationships
Demonstrate knowledge of theories and skills to provide ethical counseling, consultation, crisis intervention services.

Program Objective 6: Group Work
Participate in, facilitate, and lead experiential group and apply group work principles and theories, methods and skills to the practice of counseling.

Program Objective 7: Assessment
Demonstrate knowledge of principles of testing and measurement, including statistical concepts and apply them to individual and group assessment and evaluation.

Program Objective 8: Research and Program Evaluation
Describe and recognize the importance of research and statistical based methods, statistical, needs assessment, program evaluation to inform evidence-based practice of counseling.

Program Objective 9: Adlerian Foundations and Principles
Apply principles of Adlerian Theory such as purposiveness of behavior, the indivisible self, goal directed behavior, and the role of social interest in counseling and treatment planning with the goals to improve well-being of individuals, couples, groups, families, and a diverse society.

Program Objective 10: Social Justice/ Social responsibility
Reflect on personal values and assumptions (privileges, disadvantages, etc.) about the nature and causes of social problems (social injustices such as poverty, racism, abuse) and gain experience and skills to advocate for systemic change through engagement and leadership in multidisciplinary, diverse community-based organizations.

Program Objective 11: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and practices to address a variety of issues within the rehabilitation counseling context, including health promotion, diagnosis, assessment, intervention, research, diversity, and advocacy roles.

Program Objective 12: Critical Thinking and Disability
Maintain a critical, questioning, and exploratory attitude toward issues of disability; demonstrate awareness of the complexity involved in issues of disability, including medical/psychosocial aspects of disability, the person and environment interaction, attitudinal issues, and social systemic impact on services provided to persons with disabilities.

Program Objective 13: Individual Differences
Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical issues related to enhancing personal development, decision-making abilities, and quality of life for individuals with disabilities; articulate the value of client/consumer empowerment, choice, and personal responsibility in the rehabilitation process.

Program Objective 14: Advocacy and Disability
Demonstrate awareness and understanding of community resources available to address issues related to disability challenges of clients; advocate for services and resources for individuals with disabilities to promote full inclusion in the community and in the workforce.

Careers

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
  • Career and community counseling centers
  • Veterans administration
  • Private rehabilitation organizations
  • Private practice
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.

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.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree earned from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Exceptions may be made for applicants who demonstrate improved academic performance or academic ability in other ways.
  • Approved applicants will be invited for a personal interview as the final step in the application process.

Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:

  • Application and application fee
  • Statement of Intent (2-3 pages, double-spaced) answering the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in your chosen field and program?
    • Why is Adler University’s program a good fit for you?
    • What are your career goals and interests?
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (U.S and Canada)
    • Please have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
    • Unofficial transcripts may be accepted for any schools in which a degree was not received
    • International transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service
  • Two letters of Recommendation
    • These should be from someone who can specifically speak to your academic and professional abilities

Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview with faculty. Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

Official transcripts should be sent to:

Adler University – Office of Admissions
17 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Official electronic transcripts should be sent to [email protected]

 

For more information for International Applicants, click here.

Accreditation

Accreditation

Adler University’s Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) within the Rehabilitation Counseling specialty. CACREP recognizes programs that meet or exceed the highest standards for counselor preparation. We are seeking recognition as a Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialty with our next accreditation.

Licensure

Licensure

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the following licensures and certifications:

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a nationally recognized credential.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois.
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training. Students interested in applying for licensure elsewhere should work with their advisors to plan their curriculum accordingly.
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential.

Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate

Adler University offers a Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate that can be earned by students of the program for an additional 12 credit hours.

This program is accredited as an Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Training Program by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA). The certification process is based on the Illinois Model for Certification of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors.

Specifically, coursework provides education in the theories, techniques, and core functions of substance abuse counseling, focusing on evidence-based research and best practice standards from a social justice standpoint. Specialized practicum experience complements coursework.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling requires the following 12 credits of coursework:

One of the following:

  • Introduction to Addictive Disorders
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders

And one of the following:

  • Professional Development, Issues, and Ethics in Art Therapy
  • Professional Development: Issues and Ethics Professional Identity, Law, and Ethics in Couple and Family Therapy
  • Professional, Legal, and Ethics Issues in Counseling
  • Ethics and Professional Development in Clinical Psychology

And one of the following:

  • Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Aspects of Addictions

And one of the following:

  • Advanced Addictions Treatment
  • Advanced Treatment of Addictive Disorders
Specialized Practicum

Specialized Practicum

In addition to the specialized coursework, students pursuing the Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling will acquire and develop practical skills in the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) core functions through specialized field placements. The Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling requires the following four semester credit hours of practicum (500 field hours) and seminars:

  • Substance Abuse Counseling Practicum and Seminar I
  • Substance Abuse Counseling Practicum and Seminar II
Professional Development & Training

Professional Development & Training

In addition to the specialized coursework, students pursuing the Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling will acquire and develop practical skills in the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) core functions through specialized field placements. The Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling requires the following four semester credit hours of practicum (500 field hours) and seminars:

  • Substance Abuse Counseling Practicum and Seminar I
  • Substance Abuse Counseling Practicum and Seminar II
Accreditation

Accreditation

This program is accredited as an Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Training Program by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA). The certification process is based on the Illinois Model for Certification of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors.

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