The Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling degree is a fully online program. The mission of the graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling is to create a dynamic learning environment that advances the intellectual and personal development goals of our students to work as professionals in the field of rehabilitation counseling. This includes preparing each student to pass the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam as well as be academically prepared to become Licensed Associate Professional Counselors. Students with a 3.5 GPA participate in the Chi Sigma Iota Honor’s Society. The Rehabilitation Counseling program accomplishes this mission through the following objectives:
- Faculty will provide rigorous and intellectually challenging studies that require creativity, discipline, and personal responsibility.
- Students will learn diversity, respect, community involvement, and cultural experiences through 60 hours of coursework.
- Students will learn through classroom, practicum, internship, and community service experiences, addressing professional issues and community needs and the needs of persons with disabilities consistent with the program’s mission.
- The Division will provide students with the CORE required classes, using CORE standards. The students will be eligible to sit for the CRC exam after successfully completing 75% of the masters in rehabilitation counseling program.
This 60-semester hour program features the following:
1. Available completely online
2. No residency requirement
3. Prepares the students for the CRC national examination
4. Students are eligible to take the CRC examination after completing 75% of the Program of Study
5. Accredited by the Council of Rehabilitation Education.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of the following areas (in addition to their Rehabilitation Counseling focus):
1. Mental Health Counseling
2. Addictions and Alcoholism Counseling
3. Human Resources.
Mental Health Counseling – at the completion of this specialization students are academically prepared to take the licensing examination in their state (Georgia is the Licensed Professional Counselor or LPC, Florida is the Licensed Mental Health Counselor or LMHC). Graduates will need to complete post-graduate supervision as dictated by their state regulations prior to taking the licensing examination. In Georgia program graduates are qualified to become Licensed Associate Professional Counselors. (See your state regulations for licensing requirements.)
Addictions and Alcoholism Counseling - This specialization is designed to prepare rehabilitation counselors or community counselors to work with persons having alcohol and drug related problems. Students completing the coursework for a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling or Community Counseling, with a concentration in Addictions and Alcoholism Counseling will meet the academic requirements for Certified Clinical Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, which is an nationally recognized certification. They can apply for the Counselor in Training certification credential once they have completed their 60-hour program (Masters plus specialization). Program graduates will need to complete an additional 3000 contact hours (for a total of 4000 hours as required to take the CCAADC exam) and then pass the CCAADC exam to earn the CCAADC credential. Those completing the process successfully are eligible to receive the international reciprocal credential from IC&RC, the ICAADC (Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor).
- Students in this specialization complete their Practicum, Internship I, II, and III (for a total of 1000 contact hours) in a facility or facilities focused on alcohol and other drug addictions (AODA settings). The supervisor must be a licensed clinician or a certified alcohol or drug addiction counselor.
- Under this specialization students are required to take:
- Substance Abuse Counseling Methods
- ** Ethics related to Addictions and Alcoholism (this is a new course)
- **Internship III (6 hours) (this is a new course)
* Note: Crisis Counseling & Family Counseling must be taken within the Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling or Masters in Community Counseling program of study. These two courses are required for CCAADC credentialing.
**Students in other states are encouraged to investigate the requirements for substance abuse counselors in their individual states.
Human Resource Management – The Human Resource Management specialization is intended to prepare Master in Community Counseling and Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling graduates to qualify for administrative positions in human service agencies. Graduates will not only be able to function as counselors in agencies but they will be able to fill Human Resource (HR) roles as well. These students will earn a certificate in Human Resource Management.
The Division of Counseling & Psychology was funded in 2010 for a Rehabilitation Counseling Long-Term Training grant (RSA grant) for $150,000 per year primarily funds student tuition assistance. This is a total of $750,000 over 5-years. The US Department of Education; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service Administration funded the grant. The goal of the grant is to increase the number of Rehabilitation Counselors in Georgia and northern Florida.
The grant funds 5 full-time and 5 part-time students for full tuition scholarships. Students must have a 3.5 GPA to apply. They must be willing to work for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation or an agency contracting with VR once they graduate with their Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Dr. Jim Patrick, Division of Counseling Chair, is the Project Director.
To prepare each student to take and pass the national certification exam in rehabilitation counseling by engaging students in rigorous intellectual studies that requires creativity, discipline and personal responsibility.
To maintain Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accreditation so that students will be eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) exam while still enrolled in the program.
To address professional issues and community needs and the needs of persons with disabilities consistent with the program’s mission through classroom, practicum, internship, and community services.
To maintain direct contact with the Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation agencies.
A Career in Rehabilitation
The field of rehabilitation is as varied as the individuals who work in it. With a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, graduates work in a myriad of human service areas, such as...
- vocational, mental health, substance abuse, career, educational, corrections, or marriage and family counselors
- community, state, and private agency managers
- vocational evaluators
- supported employment specialists
- independent living program coordinators
- case managers
- assistive technology specialists
- parole officers
- advocates and client assistance program managers
For more information, e-mail TU Admissions or call 229-227-6925.
Rehabilitation efforts focus on the whole person. Service provision follows a holistic approach that includes the emotional, physical, psychological, social, educational, and vocational aspects of the person, as well as his/ her relationships to family, school work, and the total environment. A primary goal of rehabilitation is to help individuals from at-risk populations achieve the fullest physical, psychological, educational, vocational, and economic independence that they are capable of achieving.
Division of Counseling and Psychology
1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792
Number of new students enrolled: Year 2012 – 2013 = 28
Total of students enrolled: Year 2012 – 2013 = 113
Number of graduates: Year 2012- 2013 = 31
Accreditation Status: Accredited by CORE
Cristina Jones, Ph.D., CRC, Assistant Professor
Rose Demarkos, MS, LPC, CRC, Adjunct Professor
Beatrice Foster, MRC, CRC, Adjunct Professor
Emily LaMoureux, MS, CRC, Adjunct Professor
Timothy Schmutte, Psy.D., Adjunct Professor
Stacia Schonbrun, Ph.D., CRC, Adjunct Professor
Matthew Sprong, ABD, Adjunct Professor
Henry Wong, Ph.D., CRC, Adjunct Professor
Melanie Wookfolk, MS, CRC, Adjunct Professor
Number of New Faculty: 9
Students in the Honors Society, Rho Chi Sigma: