Division of Counseling and Rehabilitation Science - M.S. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Working Professionals Program
The Working Professionals M.S. Program in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), is specifically designed for people who are currently working and providing direct services in the field. The Working Professionals Program is a 60 credit-hour Master of Science program designed specifically for professionals working with persons with chronic illness, disability, and/or mental health issues. The program is designed so students can graduate in three-years while maintaining full-time employment. Many courses are offered in the evening and via distance education, and the required fieldwork experiences (practicum and internship) are typically worked out with your place of employment. The typical IIT working professional student has a desire to learn more about state-of-the-art research and evidence-based practices in rehabilitation and mental health counseling.
Licensure and Certification
Licensure and certification are important for working professionals and their career advancement. As an IIT Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling graduate, you will be eligible to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a distinguished certification recognized nationwide. You will also be eligible for counseling licensure as a Professional Counselor and a Clinical professional Counselor within the state of Illinois. Illinois accepts the CRC examination as a qualifying professional counselor licensure exam (Please see your state licensing board for information on counseling licensure requirements in states other than Illinois).
Ranked 9th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, IIT's Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to advance your career in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling field. We offer our students extensive clinical and research opportunities, and the ability to grow and mature both individually and professionally.
Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program is to prepare master’s degree students to perform a vital role as counselors who have specialized knowledge and skills for both mental health and rehabilitation service delivery. This includes the ability to serve persons with a diverse array of mental health or disability related problems impacting the individual and the family, in a variety of clinical settings and with respect for the influences of multicultural factors such as culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. Students also receive specialized training in the vocational, educational, and personal adjustment of persons with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. This program prepares rehabilitation and mental health counselors for employment in community mental health facilities; state, federal, and private rehabilitation agencies; hospitals; correctional institutions; public schools; rehabilitation centers; and other organizations serving persons with physical, psychiatric, mental, social or emotional disabilities. It also provides advanced training for persons presently employed in agencies and facilities offering services to persons with disabilities.
There are several objectives, which are primary to the training program mission:
- Train individuals in the practice of rehabilitation and clinical mental health counseling, which includes specialized knowledge in and experience related counseling and treatment modalities appropriate for the service of a variety of clients in diverse rehabilitation and mental health counseling settings;
- Develop mature, capable professionals who are able to relate constructively to clients, to work with clients to facilitate behavior change, demonstrate therapeutic interactive skills, and to facilitate the client’s development of problem solving skills; and
- Prepare students for professional service and leadership within the fields of rehabilitation and mental health counseling.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree and have an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA will be evaluated on an individual basis.
I would like to study for the degree but I still want to keep my job. Is this possible?
Yes, the Working Professionals Program allows student to complete the degree program in three years while maintaining employment. The faculty at IIT will make every effort to help you achieve your academic goals.
How would it work? I don't want to be in one of those distance learning programs which do not allow me to interact with other students and faculty. Is the Working Professionals Program different from typical distance learning programs?
The Working Professionals Program takes into consideration students' work schedules by providing online and evening classes. The Working Professionals Program is different from typical distance learning programs because we believe certain skill sets, such as counseling techniques and research methods, can be obtained only by engaging in group activities and direct contact with faculty. Therefore, the Working Professionals Program offers online classes, face-to-face evening classes, and summer weekend classes where you will benefit from direct interaction with faculty and other students with little to no impact on your work schedule. The Working Professionals Program is a 60 credit-hour program which meets eligibility criteria to obtain certification as a CRC and counseling licensure within the state of Illinois (Please see your state licensing board for information on counseling licensure requirements in states other than Illinois).
Am I eligible for financial aid?
The typical course load is 9 credit hours per semester which will allow you to be considered a full-time student. Therefore, you will be eligible for financial aid.
As an IIT rehabilitation and mental health counseling student, you will have the opportunity to network with over 40 years of alumni who have enjoyed IIT's rich history of training rehabilitation and mental health counselors. You will learn from and work with outstanding faculty who are leaders in the field. We continue to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Rehabilitation Counseling graduate programs in the country and are currently ranked 9th in the nation. As an IIT student, you will graduate with the confidence of graduating from a top-tier university.
I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Please contact Dr. Frank Lane via email at email@example.com.
Can I contact a current student or graduate from the program?
Yes, please contact Dr. Frank Lane.
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