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Adler University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares socially responsible clinicians to maximize employment and social participation outcomes, living independence and quality of life for individuals who face physical, psychological, and social challenges. Trained to confront systemic barriers and increase opportunities for inclusion, our graduates are well equipped to empower populations such as people with disabilities, the elderly, veterans, and injured workers/athletes 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.
Additionally, the program allows students to add on a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling for an additional 12 credits of coursework.
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.
Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners who embrace diversity and help individuals achieve greater autonomy.
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:
Student Data (2021-2022)
The following are the most recent program outcomes for the M.A. Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program for the 2021-2022 academic year. On a regular basis, Adler University surveys students, graduates, site supervisors, and employers to obtain useful information about the program.
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2019-2020 M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling Program Annual Report
2020-2021 M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling Program Annual Report
2021-2022 M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling Program Annual Report
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:
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.
Tiffany R. Gunn, graduate
M.A. in Counseling: Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling
Doctors Without Borders, who are independently funded, are exhausting all of their resources and volunteers to try and help put an end to this global devastation. Having the opportunity to work with refugees, immigrants and those seeking asylum with the United African Organization, I was happy to visit and tour “Forced from Home” with my class from Adler University. The interactive tour brings to life the experiences of a displaced person due to extreme poverty, violence, and war in order to live and survive.
The Chicago campus of Adler University has developed dual degree programs to allow students the opportunity to pursue degrees in two different fields of study simultaneously. Dual degrees provide students the opportunity to combine two skill sets and increase networks and career opportunities. Students in dual degree programs may have a limited number of credit hours dually recognized toward the requirements of both 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 clinical 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 maximize employment and social participation outcomes, living independence and quality of life for individuals who face physical, psychological, and social challenges. Trained to confront systemic barriers and increase opportunities for inclusion, our graduates are well-equipped to empower populations such as people with disabilities, the elderly, veterans, and injured workers/athletes 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, healthcare, public services, case management, and advocacy.
The M.S. in Sport and Human Performance program offers specialized courses in mental performance and externship opportunities to enable students to attain certification with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Students can gain practical experience to apply for certification of Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) and be eligible to take the certification exam once they complete this program.
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 maximize employment and social participation outcomes, living independence and quality of life for individuals who face physical, psychological, and social 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 people with disabilities, the elderly, veterans, and injured workers/athletes 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.
Adler University’s Clinical 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.
Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the following licensures and certifications:
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 on campus. Some courses are also offered in an online format with synchronous virtual meetings.
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.
Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University Course Catalog.
This course will introduce students to crisis intervention models and associated responses to clients’ mental health needs during crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events. Strategies and procedures for assessing risk, including suicide, aggression, and self-harm will also be covered.
This course introduces the principles of Alfred Adler’s theory as a basis for understanding the development of an individual’s unique style of living or personality. These principles include the purposiveness of behavior, the indivisible self, goal-directed behavior, and the role of social interest in mental health and social progress.
This course provides a foundation for the ethical practice of professional counseling. It introduces students to the history of the counseling profession as well as professional roles (practitioner, supervisor, educator, etc.) and professional organizations.
This course provides a survey of models and theories consistent with current research (evidenced-based) and practice in the counseling profession. Approaches include psychoanalytic, individual psychology, person-centered, existential, cognitive-behavioral, Gestalt, family systems, and postmodern theories.
This course teaches basic relationship and counseling skills using role-plays and other experiential activities. The course covers basic counseling skills (e.g., attending, active listening, building rapport), intake interviewing, and self-reflection/self-assessment procedures.
This course provides an overview of the major disorders in the current edition of the DSM. A range of mental disorders from adjustment disorders to serious psychopathologies will be discussed.
This course is designed to provide a basic foundation of knowledge, awareness, and skills needed for providing more effective counseling services in a multicultural society.
This course introduces students to theory and principles of group dynamics as well as developmental stages of groups. In addition, group members’ roles and behaviors and therapeutic factors of group work will be discussed.
This course presents an overview of major models of couples and family therapy. The impact of multigenerational and environment factors on family dynamics and couples’ relations will be examined through various systemic perspectives.
This course presents an overview of various models and theories in the discussion of the characteristics, developmental needs, and tasks at different stages of a person’s life cycle.
This course is a master’s-level introduction to research methods and program evaluation as it pertains to the field of professional counseling. Major research designs including both quantitative and qualitative methods will be explored.
This course will provide foundational knowledge of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation commonly used in counseling practice. Students will be introduced to a variety of formal and informal assessment tools and instruments.
This course provides an introduction to substance use and the treatment of addictive disorders. Assessment of substance use disorders and current treatment models for substance use, misuse, abuse, dependence, and concurrent disorders are discussed.
This foundation course is designed to introduce and orient students to the profession of rehabilitation counseling. Students will learn about the history and development of rehabilitation counseling and the current issues relevant to the profession of rehabilitation counseling.
This is a survey course on the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of disability. The focus of the course is emphasizing the importance of a holistic understanding of individuals with disabilities and the often complex interplay of various factors as they impact the well-being of those with disabilities.
This course focuses on the critical interface of work and disability. The major theories of career development are reviewed; application of these theories to persons with disabilities is explored. The psychosocial and economic aspects of work and the impact of disability on employment are considered.
This is the foundational course in the role of the rehabilitation counselor as a socially responsible practitioner. The course begins with a review of various interventions and services typically performed by rehabilitation counselors, such as interfacing with the medical system, community and governmental agencies; disability documentation and eligibility determination is also considered.
The MACR Comprehensive Examination evaluates general knowledge as a professional rehabilitation counselor. Included in this exam is an assessment of the student’s understanding of theoretical knowledge across a range of core subject areas found in the student’s curriculum.
The Social Justice Practicum (SJP) is a first-year, nonclinical and non-discipline-specific experiential practicum that begins in the fall term. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to utilize collective power and social justice strategies to build a more equitable society. The SJP is designed to help students learn how to work alongside different communities as agents of social change and serves as the catalyst for students to realize and understand their own strengths and responsibility to contribute to social equity.
The Social Justice Practicum (SJP) is a first-year, nonclinical and non-discipline-specific experiential practicum that continues through the spring term. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to utilize collective power and social justice strategies to build a more equitable society. The SJP is designed to help students learn how to work alongside different communities as agents of social change and serves as the catalyst for students to realize and understand their own strengths and responsibility to contribute to social equity.
Practicum and seminar provides students engaged in clinical training with an opportunity to discuss professional development; students receive individual and group supervision.
Following student’s completion of practicum, internship is a supervised clinical experience in which the student refines basic rehabilitation counseling and integrates and authenticates professional knowledge and skills appropriate to rehabilitation and clinical mental health counseling settings.
This is a continuation of students’ internship experience with the goal to complete the 600-hour requirement. At the conclusion of internship, students should be able to demonstrate competencies that enable them to be a clinically and culturally competent, ethical, and socially responsible entry-level rehabilitation counseling practitioners.
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.
Chia-Chiang (CC) Wang, Ph.D.
Program Director, Master of Arts in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), I would love to help my students learn about various kinds of disabilities and equip them with clinical knowledge and skills. My teaching goals include to have a comprehensive understanding of the profession, to be exposed to as many kinds of disabilities as possible, and to learn professional skills such as intake interviews, note-taking, eligibility determination, vocational and other rehabilitation services planning, reading medical records and assessment reports, and writing assessment reports.
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Adler University and Fulbright Canada will host a webinar, “Practical Perspectives on Treatment and Policy for Mental Health in Marginalized Communities,” on Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. CDT).
Some police departments are pairing officers with behavioral health clinicians to respond to mental health emergencies and get people the help they need.