Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Mgmt.


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Dr. Jerry Brenner, Program Coordinator
(478) 825-6656
Email: brennerj@fvsu.edu

About the Program

The Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management is a fifty-two hour (52) semester hour program within the Department of Counseling and is fully accredited by the nationally recognized Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) for a period of eight years beginning July 2015 with the following conditions:

A. Mission and Objectives: The program shall provide evidence of (1) consistency in its written statements of mission and objectives in all documents, and (2) respect for and understanding of cultural and individual diversity reflected in its policies in recruitment and retention.

D. Clinical Experience: The RCE program shall provide evidence of (1) the individual supervision of five students is considered equivalent to the teaching of one course.

E. Administration and Faculty: The program shall provide evidence of (1) written recruitment and retention policies, (2) the ratio of full-time equivalent (FTE) students to full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty should be no greater than 10:1 for on campus and distance learning programs.  For programs not meeting this ratio, (3) the student advisor ratio should be no greater than 20:1 for on campus and distance learning programs.

F. Program support and resources: The RCE program shall provide evidence of adequate support staff, office space for support staff, and graduate assistantship assistance for faculty.

The mission of the Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management program is to prepare students to be ethical, multi-culturally competent, conscientious, and qualified rehabilitation counselors and professionals who will increase and enhance the employment, advocacy, social, educational, and independent living opportunities of individuals of all disability types. Our mission will be accomplished by several implementation and programmatic objectives, goals, and activities. Implementation objectives are prerequisites for program objectives.


Online

This program is available as a fully online program. For more information, visit the FVSU Online Education website or call: (478) 825-6338.


Graduation Requirements

Each graduate must have an academic grade-point average (computed overall graduate work attempted) of at least 3.00 (B average). In addition, all candidates for graduation must take and pass the Final Written Comprehensive Examination.


Support Service

The Hubbard Education Building computer laboratory is available to enrolled students, as is the Warner Robins Center computer lab. Library facilities are available in the Hubbard Education Building, Warner Robins Center and the main library.


Research

Students may wish to pursue their own research initiatives under guidance of faculty. However, faculty members and students may, collaboratively, work on research projects. Some of the faculty research interests include international rehabilitation research, veterans with disabilities, employment outcomes of ethnic minorities with disabilities, multiculturalism, spirituality and rehabilitation, and attitudes toward individuals with disabilities.


Scholarships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are offered to qualifying students by the College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education. There are other University level financial assistantships available to qualifying students.


Clubs and Organizations

Students are strongly encouraged to become members of the Graduate Student Association and the Graduate and Professional Student Council. In addition, students are strongly encourage to become members of professional rehabilitation organizations such as the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA), National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA), National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC), American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE): The Network on Employment, National Commission on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), National Association for Independent Living (NAIL), Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA), and the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP).


Career Opportunities

Rehabilitation Counselors enjoy increasing employment opportunities in a wide variety of settings, including mental health facilities, group homes, rehabilitation centers, substance abuse treatment centers, independent living centers, correctional facilities, hospitals, high schools, as transitional rehabilitation counselors, universities, as well as private vocational rehabilitation and public vocational rehabilitation programs. For further information concerning career opportunities in the rehabilitation profession, please visit Rehab Careers. To learn more about the outlook of the rehabilitation counseling field, please visit Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Program Outcomes

The most recent data related to The Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Examination (CRCC) indicates that the overall pass rate for program students and graduates was at 53% compared to the national average of 73%.  The three-year graduation rate of program majors from Fall 2012- Fall 2015 was 36%. The three-year retention rate of program majors from Fall 2012 – Fall 2015 was 73%.  For the period Fall 2014- Fall 2015, 86% of graduates were employed at 6 months of graduation in employment settings including VR agencies, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation facilities, private rehabilitation facilities, federal agencies; mental health facilities, correctional facilities, insurance agencies and health care systems and state government.

Program Mission

The mission of the Rehabilitation Counselor program is to prepare professional rehabilitation counselors with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to work effectively with individuals who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. The goal of the program is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve, to the fullest capacity, vocational, social, psychological and economic independence, and improved quality of life. The vigor of the program is one of both autonomy and empowerment in which individuals with disabilities exercise the utmost control over their lives.

The graduate training model utilized within the Rehabilitation Counselor Training Program will assist students to acquire a thorough understanding of the medical and psychosocial impact of disability on all areas of the consumer’s life, including vocational and independent living, as well as provide the student with a solid skill and knowledge base in counseling theories and techniques, case management models and procedures, service coordination, career exploration, job development, job placement, and assistive technology. Further, students will become familiar with the historical components and the various legislative and philosophical underpinnings of the Vocational Rehabilitation System. Graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management program are eligible to sit for the national certifying exam in order to obtain the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential. Eligibility also exists to pursue state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (with 2 years of experience in the field). For additional information about rehabilitation certification, visit the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification at www.crccertification.com.

Program Objectives

The implementation objectives for the Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management program are as follows:

  1. To provide a quality curriculum representative of the skills and competencies needed to serve consumers with disabilities in a variety of settings and capacities;
  2. To provide academic and experiential opportunities in accordance to standards established by Fort Valley State University, departments, and appropriate accrediting and certifying agencies;
  3. To provide opportunities for students to be interactive with individuals with various types of disabilities;
  4. To make our program accessible to persons from diverse backgrounds;
  5. To make the Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management Program more visible at local, state, national, and international levels; and
  6. To provide quality clinical counseling skills development and ethical training for students.

Tuition and Fees

All face-to-face classes are held at the Fort Valley State University Warner Robins Center, 151 Osigian Blvd., Suite A, Warner Robins, Georgia. The M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management Program is available as a fully online degree. Beginning in 2012, the Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management program will be accepting new students for summer and fall semesters only. There is a fully on-campus and a fully online program which admits students each year in the fall and summer. The cost of completing the program is based on the following: Graduate tuition rates for in-state is $181.00. The per semester cost for an in-state student to take 12 or more credit hours is a flat fee of $2,166.00. The per credit hour tuition rate for out-of-state is $652.00. The per semester cost for an out-of-state student enrolled in 12 or more credit hours is a flat fee of $7,821.00. Fully on-line courses are charged at a rate of $219 per credit hour.  The tuition and fee table is available at http://www.fvsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/AY1516-Tuition-and-Fee-Rates-for-Graduate-Students.pdf.

Scholarships

There are scholarship stipends of $1000.00 per semester available for selected interns, and work-study stipends are available for qualified, face-to-face students.  Awards are subject to availability, and selection criteria will be applied. Application forms are available in 320 Hubbard Education in Fort Valley or via email to graduatestudies@fvsu.edu.  Students’ writing and reading proficiency will be assessed in Graduate Studies Orientation, and students in need of greater proficiency will be retested before they reach 18 hours.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution (in a related field to meet pre-requisites) and meet the following:

  • Completed Graduate Studies Application, paid application fee.
  • Submit two transcripts showing cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Submit a personal and professional essay.
  • Complete a phone or face-to-face interview.
  • Submit a resume containing prior work experience, education, community service and other relevant experience.
  • Submit three reference letters.
  • GRE scores may be used in the consideration for admission.

 

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program’s Curriculum consists of
RCCM 5403 Introduction to Rehabilitation
RCCM 5413 Introduction to Case Management
RCCM 5432 Psychiatric Rehabilitation
COUN 5623 Counseling Theories & Process
FVSU 0500 Graduate Orientation (Required)
RCCM 5423 Medical Case Management*
RCCM 5452 Rehabilitation Assessment & Evaluation
RCCM 5483 Cultural Diversity in Counseling
RCCM 5473 Introduction to Rehab Tech
COUN 5633 Group Theory & Process
RCCM 5463 Vocational Rehabilitation
RCCM 5464 Private Sector Rehab
RCCM 5464 Private Sector Rehab
COUN 5533 Fund. Of Statistics & Measurement
RCCM 5441: Practicum
RCCM 6001 Comprehensive Review (Required)
RCCM 5421 Lifespan Development in Rehabilitation
RCCM 5633 Research & Program Evaluation
RCCM 5706 Rehabilitation Internship
Elective (e.g., Family Counseling; Psychopathology)

Practicum and Internship Requirements

The student must have a 3.0 GPA or above overall before taking the practicum & internship.  Additionally for the internship, the practicum must be completed with a grade of B or above and at least 75% of coursework must be completed with a 3.0 GPA or above.

Requirements are mandated by CORE (Council on Rehabilitation Education):
·         The Practicum is 100 hours of observation and activities in a professional Rehabilitation setting 
·         The Internship is a full 600 hours of indirect and direct service (at least 240 hours) to clients in a professional Rehabilitation setting.* 
·         This comes out to 40 hours per week for 15 weeks. We are now offering to offer students a variable, 300 internship starting Fall Semester, 2015.  This allows students with other daytime responsibilities to split the 600 hour Internship into two semesters if desired with 300 total hours and 120 hours of direct service per semester. 
·         Different job activities are utilized that are related to CORE requirements (e.g., Job Placement).  Please see the following link to CORE standards: http://www.core-rehab.org/Files/Doc/PDF/COREStandards20120204.pdf.
·         It is generally not possible to use a current job for these experiences, but it can be done if different job activities are used. These activities are related to CORE requirements (e.g., Job Placement). 
·         Please note that the outcomes for the Practicum and Internship experiences are related to both generic counseling experiences (the C.5 outcomes), and to specific Rehabilitation Counseling (the C.10 outcomes).  Therefore, to be approved, all sites must have these activities reflected in the experience. 
 
Outcomes as demonstrated by the ability to:
 
·         C.5.1 conduct individual counseling sessions with consumers;
·         C.5.2 develop and maintain a counseling relationship with consumers;
·         C.5.3 establish, in collaboration with the consumer, individual counseling goals and objectives;
·         C.5.4 assist the consumer with crisis resolution;
·         C.5.5 facilitate the consumer’s decision-making and personal responsibility in a manner consistent with the individual’s culture and beliefs;
·         C.5.6 recommend strategies to assist the consumer in solving identified problems that may impede the rehabilitation process;
·         C.5.7 explain the implications of assessment/evaluation results on planning and decision-making;
·         C.5.8 demonstrate consultation and supervisory skills on behalf of and with the consumer;
·         C.5.9 assist the consumer in developing acceptable work behavior;
·         C.5.10 adjust counseling approaches or styles to meet the needs of individual consumers;
·         C.5.11 terminate counseling relationships with consumers in a manner that enhances their ability to function independently;
·         C.5.12 recognize consumers who demonstrate psychological problems (e.g., depression, suicidal ideation) and refer when appropriate;
·         C.5.13 interpret diagnostic information (e.g., vocational and educational tests, records and medical data) to the consumer;
·         C.5.14 assist consumers in modifying their lifestyles to accommodate individual functional limitations; and
·         C.5.15 assist consumers to successfully deal with situations involving conflict resolution and behavior management.  Additional clinical practice- related skill outcomes (or possible activities);
 
C.10, Rehabilitation Services and Resources are:
 
·         C.10.1 provide the information, education, training, equipment, counseling, and supports
·         that people with disabilities need in order to make effective employment and life-related decisions;
·         C.10.2 evaluate the adequacy of existing information for rehabilitation planning;
·         C.10.3 integrate cultural, social, economic, disability-related, and environmental factors in rehabilitation planning;
·         C.10.4 plan and implement a comprehensive assessment including individual, ecological, and environmental issues (e.g., personality, interest, interpersonal skills, intelligence, and related functional capabilities, educational achievements, work experiences, vocational aptitudes, personal and social adjustment, transferable skills, employment opportunities, physical barriers, ergonomic evaluation,
attitudinal factors);
·         C.10.5 develop jointly with the consumer, an appropriate rehabilitation plan that utilizes personal and public resources;
·         C.10.7 identify and plan for the provision of independent living services with consumers;
·         C.10.8 establish working relationships and determine mutual responsibilities with other service providers involved with the individual and/or the family, or consumer’s advocate, including provision of consumer involvement and choice;
·         C.10.9 develop a knowledge base of community resources and refer individuals, when appropriate;
·         C.10.10 assist individuals in identifying areas of personal responsibility that will facilitate the rehabilitation process and maximize their vocational rehabilitation potential
(e.g., potential fiscal resources to obtain needed services);
·         C.10.11 serve as a consultant to other community agencies to advocate for the integration and inclusion of individuals with disabilities within the community.
 
Required Courses for Practicum
RCCM 5403- Intro to Rehab
RCCM 5413- Intro to Case Management
CPSY 5623- Counseling Theories & Process
RCCM 5423- Medical Case Management
CPSY 5633- Group Theory & Process

 

Required Courses for Internship
RCCM 5403- Intro to Rehab
RCCM 5413- Intro to Case Management
CPSY 5623- Counseling Theories & Process
RCCM 5423- Medical Case Management
CPSY 5633- Group Theory & Process
RCCM 5441 – Practicum
75% of all other coursework completed

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