Info Apply Share

Request Information

You need a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to enroll in Adler University programs.

Okay

Chicago | Master of Arts

Rehabilitation Counseling

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling: Specialization in 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). 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.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling program requires the successful completion of field training and courses from those listed below.

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

Electives (3 Credit Hours): Students are required to take an elective of a three-credit-hour class. Students can take a course from the Department Elective Menu upon their Faculty Advisor’s approval. Canadian students will need to take the thesis series below as the elective if they plan to pursue doctoral studies in Canada.

The thesis series as the elective:

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

Field Training and Seminars:

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

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

Dual Degree

Dual Degrees

M.A. 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 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.

M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling / M.A. Forensic Mental Health Leadership
Adler University’s unique M.A. in Forensic Mental Health Leadership / M.A. in 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. 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.

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.

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

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 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), which recognizes programs that meet or exceed the highest standards for counselor preparation.

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.

Chicago Campus

Located in the heart of the city, the Adler Chicago campus was designed to provide and inspire the learning and living experience. To that end, we have created an environment that caters to your mental, emotional and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are bright and spacious with windows to the outside world. Our technology is the very latest and best. In our Library, you will find every resource you need to research, form and shape your journey. At Adler, we have made it our mission to create a space with more than enough room to share your thoughts and flex your intellect.

Tour the Campus

Take the next step

Explore More

Finding Connection and Community While Social Distancing

In the spirit of social interest, our experts have offered advice for maintaining community and connection in a virtual world.

Learn More

Chicago Graduate Calls on Class of 2019 to “Create a More Diverse and Inclusive Reality”

The 2019 Adler University class of Chicago and Online Campus students graduated on October 20. Victoria Stewart, a graduate of the Master of Public Policy: Human Rights Advocacy Program in Chicago, spoke at the commencement ceremony at the Chicago Theatre.

Learn More

Becoming an Advocate for Fellow Veterans

Katharine Cobean’s experience as a veteran of the United States Air Force has made her passionate about providing more resources and counseling for veterans.

Learn More