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The Counseling and Rehabilitation Education degree offers two concentrations: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling.  View the program descriptions below or view course requirements.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentrations is versatile and designed to prepare you for a counseling career in the professional setting best suited to you. Our program prepares graduates to be dynamic, multiculturally and clinically competent counselors capable of engaging in both individual and group counseling in a variety of professional settings such as community mental health agencies, hospice, adolescent treatment centers, children and adolescent residential treatment facilities, university career counseling centers, wellness centers, non-profit agencies, correctional facilities, employee assistance programs, and private practice.

Graduates of our program may sit for the National Counseling Examination (www.nbcc.edu) to become a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and may apply for licensure with the state of Illinois as a Licensed Profession Counselor (LPC). Supervised post-master's degree clinical experience is required for licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois (LCPC). For additional licensure information, refer to www.idfpr.com/profs/ProfCounselor.asp. Clinical Rehabilitation Counselors may sit for the certified rehabilitation counseling examination.

Most (although not all) courses are taught in the late afternoon and evenings. Upon graduation, students will have conducted and/or experienced three different group counseling milieus (training, task, and psychoeducational). Reflecting teams are used in practica and internship to enhance skill development.

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

The goal of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor is to assist people with physical or psychological disabilities to achieve maximum psychological, social, vocational, economic independence, and quality of life to their fullest capacity. The foundation of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling is one of empowerment in which individuals exercise control over their own lives. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling focuses on the whole person, including physical, psychological and spiritual aspects, as well as family, social and work relationships.

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor needs advanced skills in interpersonal communications and counseling, diagnosis and assessment procedures, case management, coordination of services, job placement, and understanding of psychosocial and medical aspects of disability. Clinical Rehabilitation Counselors also work closely with family members and confer with a number of other professionals, such as physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, audiologists, and other health professionals.

Graduates of our program may sit for the National Counseling Examination (www.nbcc.edu) to become a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and may apply for licensure with the state of Illinois as a Licensed Profession Counselor (LPC). Supervised post-master's degree clinical experience is required for licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois (LCPC). For additional licensure information, refer to www.idfpr.com/profs/ProfCounselor.asp. Clinical Rehabilitation Counselors may sit for the certified rehabilitation counseling examination.

If you would like more information about the Clinical Mental Health and/or Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling concentration please contact the program director, Dr. Jane Nichols, at jlnichols@siu.edu.