Counseling and Rehabilitation Education

Southern Illinois University




Counseling and Rehabilitation Education

We are an energetic and excited group of students and faculty engaging in the life-long process of professional development through research, teaching, clinical supervision, clinical work, and service. We are committed to preparing ethical and culturally competent professional counselors to provide high-quality individual, group, and family counseling for adults, adolescents, and children in various settings.

Our program prepares counselors to meet the needs of the 21rtst century, an interdisciplinary work environment. We are one of a few graduate programs to provide both clinical mental health and clinical rehabilitation options. We recognize the critical relationship between physical and psychological health and practitioners' need for training to work with those experiencing co-existing physical and mental health challenges. Our graduates are encouraged to look beyond the diagnosis to address critical civil and human rights needs that affect all persons with disabilities, including stigma, social isolation, and poverty.

This program is developmental, inclusive, and holistic in focus, taking a wellness approach to counseling and psychological wellbeing. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own values, beliefs, and self-concept as they learn multiple counseling skills and techniques and develop a professional identity as a counselor.

In accordance with the ethical guidelines and standards of practice integral to the profession of counseling, students are also expected to adhere to the tenets of nondiscriminatory practice with regard to clients from various backgrounds. Students will be encouraged and supported in their use of a multicultural perspective and are expected to develop an ability to work with clients who vary in race, gender, level of physical or mental ability, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, country of origin, level of education, and/or sexual orientation.

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The CARE program offers two concentraions in:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This specialty gives students the expertise needed to work in a variety of settings, including agencies, group practices, substance abuse treatment centers, hospitals, residential treatment centers, and employee assistance programs The course of study for the specialization in clinical mental health counseling consists of a minimum of 12 semester hours in addition to completion of the core counseling coursework required for the master’s degree in Counseling Education.

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Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

The specialty in clinical rehabilitation counseling is designed to prepare students to work with individuals who are experiencing physical, developmental sensory, cognitive, and mental health disabilities, in a wide array of public, private and community funded work settings. The course of study for this specialization consists of a minimum of 12 semester hours in addition to completion of the core counseling coursework required for the master’s degree.

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