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Counselor Education

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Rehabilitation Counseling Program

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why Emporia State?

  • Only graduate program of its kind in Kansas
  • Nearly 50-year history (1966-2016) of providing quality rehabilitation education
  • Low student-to-professor ratio
  • Experienced faculty
  • High demand for qualified professionals
  • Strong labor market
  • Field experiences in home community
  • Maintain employment and study from home

 

Do I become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) when I complete this program?

Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Students interested in Kansas state licensure as a counselor may inquire about the 60 credit-hour master's degree in Clinical Counseling on campus.

Certification is a form of professional recognition provided to an individual. The primary purpose of certification is to provide assurance that professionals engaged in rehabilitation counseling will meet acceptable quality standards in practice. National certification is granted to persons with master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling or degrees in allied fields by the Commission of Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

 

Where is rehabilitation practiced?

The need for rehabilitation counselors continues to grow exponentially. Graduates have obtained employment in the following positions and settings:

  • State Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • University Director of Disability Services
  • Forensic Rehabilitation Professional
  • Independent Living Advocate
  • Disability Management Specialist
  • Worker's Compensation (Self-Employed Consultant)
  • ADA Compliance Officer
  • Employment Placement Specialist
  • Vocational Evaluator
  • Director of Social Services
  • Lifecare Planner
  • Veterans Administration

Rehabilitation counselors have the opportunity to work with many populations, including veterans; persons who are deaf and hard of hearing, have visual impairments, developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities; older individuals or senior citizens; juvenile/adult offenders; and persons with mental illness. They also provide general and specialized counseling to individuals. The changing roles and demands of the professional rehabilitation counselor produce many new job openings in a variety of settings.

 

What is the status of the rehabilitation counseling profession?

The profession is broad, holistic, and continues to expand. Starting salaries depend on the type of practice and the geographical area. The Federal O*NET Online source provides these statistics for Rehabilitation Counselors:

Median wages (2011): $33,740 annual

Projected growth (2012-2020): Faster than average (20% to 28%)

Top industries (2010): Health Care, Social Assistance, and Government

 

Who can I contact to find out detailed information about the RC48 program?

Damara Paris

 

Damara Paris, Ph.D., CRC, NCC
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of RC48 Online
dparis@emporia.edu
620-341-5668

KATRINA R. MILLER

 

Katrina Miller, Ed.D., CRC, NCC, LPC
Professor, Interim Chair
kmille12@emporia.edu
620-341-5231

 

 

Where is the RC48 program located?

If you need to mail something to the program, please send it to our mailing address:

Rehabilitation Counseling
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

The Earl Center, the office building that is home to Rehabilitation Counseling, is located off of State Street across from Hammond Park. The two story, brick building houses the Rehabilitation Counseling program in the Department of Counselor Education on the top level and the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence on the bottom level.

The physical address of the building is:

Rehabilitation Counseling (not on the ESU main campus)
Department of Counselor Education
Earl Center, Rm # 223
1601 State Street
Emporia, KS

Parking is free of charge and available in the parking lot surrounding The Earl Center.