Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) for both clinical rehabilitation and clinical mental health counseling. This program is designed to prepare students to function as rehabilitation and/or clinical mental health counselors for persons with a variety of needs, including mental health issues impacting the individual and/or family, and persons with physical or mental disabilities to address psychosocial and vocational adjustment. The program is grounded in a strengths-based philosophy of client empowerment where the counselor’s role is to assist individuals to realize their optimum level of mental health and personal wellness, including vocational adjustment and independent living. This is done through the use of a variety of therapeutic interventions, including individual, group and/or family counseling, diagnosis, case management, and the provision or coordination of evaluation, training, placement, and follow-up services. The demand for rehabilitation and clinical mental health counselors has exceeded the supply in recent years in public, private, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors.

Core graduate coursework provides the basic knowledge and skills necessary to the fields of rehabilitation and mental health counseling. This includes counseling theory, rehabilitation and mental health counseling principles and practices, ethics, individual and group counseling, assessment, diagnosis of mental disorders, evidence-based treatment of mental disorders, job placement, medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, human growth, career development, and research methods. Additionally, this program has a strong emphasis on psychiatric rehabilitation.

Concurrently, fieldwork of progressively increasing complexity takes place at a variety of community-based mental health and rehabilitation sites in the Chicago area. These include mental health and counseling centers, community rehabilitation facilities, the state department of vocational rehabilitation, the VA, rehabilitation centers, mental health centers, medical hospitals, and other facilities for persons with mental health concerns and/or disabilities.

For individuals currently working in the rehabilitation and mental health counseling field who are interested in pursuing a M.S. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at a slower pace, there is an option to take a reduced course load available, which is designed to meet the needs of the working professional. Courses are generally offered in the evening or via distance education, and the required fieldwork experiences (practicum and internship) are typically worked out with the student’s place of employment if it meets fieldwork site requirements. The part-time program takes approximately three years to complete.

This is a two-year, 60 credit hour program.


Required Courses (45)
PSYC 410Intro Rehab/Mental Health Cslg3
PSYC 411Medcl Aspects of Dsblng Cond3
PSYC 412Multicultural/Psychosocial Iss3
PSYC 513Assess Rehab/Mental Hlth Cslng3
PSYC 523Theories of Psychotherapy3
PSYC 526Psychopathology3
PSYC 547Evidence-Based Practice3
PSYC 557Pre-Practicum Rehab/Mental Hlt3
PSYC 561Applied Counseling Techniques3
PSYC 562Job Placement3
PSYC 563Human Growth & Career Develop3
PSYC 564Rehab/Mental Health Cnslng Res3
PSYC 583Rehab Engineering Technology I3
PSYC 588Graduate Psychology Seminar (Addictions and Psychopharmacology)3
PSYC 590Psychiatric Rehabilitation3
Community-Based Clinical Experience (12)
PSYC 549Practicum Rehab Mental Health3
PSYC 578Clin Rehab Counseling Intern 19
or PSYC 579 Clin Mental Health Counsel Int
Research Project (3)
PSYC 594Special Projects3
or PSYC 576 Rsrch Rehab/Mental Hlth Couns
Total Credit Hours60

Students will register for 9 credit hours of internship in either PSYC 578, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Internship or PSYC 579, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship.

There are several opportunities to apply for scholarships and traineeships, including an international and multicultural counseling scholarship based on merit and economic need.