Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling Education

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96 credit hours minimum
Comprehensive exam
Dissertation and oral defense

The curriculum for the Ph.D. program with specialization in rehabilitation counseling education includes core counseling courses (e.g., individual and group counseling theories and microskills), and rehabilitation-specific coursework (e.g., vocational counseling and evaluation, job placement, medical and psychosocial aspects of disability), which provide the basic knowledge and skills necessary to rehabilitation counseling practice. Practicum and internships are taken at rehabilitation and social service agencies in the Chicago area.


Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology Common Requirements

All Ph.D. students must complete the sequence of PSYC 501PSYC 502PSYC 503, and PSYC 504 with a minimum of “B” average and no more than one “C” in these four courses.

All students are expected to show competency in methodology and research design, as well as in the specific content of their program areas. Before beginning dissertation research, a student must present a dissertation proposal for approval by a committee of the faculty. The final requirement of the Ph.D. program is an oral examination restricted to defense of the dissertation and conducted by a committee nominated by the department and appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling Education Requirements

Psychological Foundations (15)
PSYC 501Biological Bases of Behavior3
PSYC 502Social Bases of Behavior3
PSYC 503Learning and Cognition3
PSYC 504Individual and Cultural Differences3
PSYC 505History and Systems of Psychology3
Statistics and Research Design (12)
PSYC 540Research Methods3
PSYC 545Graduate Statistics I3
PSYC 546Graduate Statistics II3
PSYC 554Survey of Multivariate Statistics3
Rehabilitation Core (9)
PSYC 573Psychosocial Bases: Disability and Behavior3
PSYC 575Adult Career Development and Vocational Behavior3
PSYC 577Professional and Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation and Counseling3
Experiential Components of Rehabilitation (9)
PSYC 586Concepts of Supervision3
PSYC 597Special Problems6
Minor (12)
In consultation with their academic adviser, students can select from among four minor tracks including Rehabilitation Technology, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Administration, Organizational Psychology, and Clinical Psychology12
Elective Courses (15)
Select 15 credit hours15
Research Courses (24)
PSYC 691Research and Thesis Ph.D.24
Total Credit Hours96

Rehabilitation Technology Minor Electives

PSYC 456Engineering Psychology3
PSYC 583Rehabilitation Engineering Technology I: Survey of Interdisciplinary Application of RET3
PSYC 584Rehabilitation Engineering Technology II: Access to Independence Through Assistive Technology3
PSYC 585Rehabilitation Engineering Technology III3
PSYC 589Rehabilitation Internship III1-6

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Minor Electives

PSYC 548Vocational Psychiatric Rehabilitation3
PSYC 561Applied Counseling Techniques: Group Counseling3
PSYC 566Addictive Behaviors and Principles of Behavior Change3
PSYC 578Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Internship I1-6
PSYC 579Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Internship II1-6
PSYC 590Psychiatric Rehabilitation3
PSYC 597Special Problems1-20

Rehabilitation Administration and Organizational Psychology Minor Electives

PSYC 529Personnel Selection and Evaluation3
PSYC 547Evidence-Based Practice in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling3
PSYC 556Organizational Psychology3
PA 552Human Services Policy and Administration3

Clinical Psychology Minor Electives

PSYC 510Clinical Assessment I3
PSYC 519Therapy I-A2
PSYC 520Health Psychology3
PSYC 526Psychopathology3