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Mission & Objectives of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration (DHH / ASD)


Our Mission

The mission of Clinical Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling is to provide a comprehensive distance education program to facilitate the development of highly competent rehabilitation counselors representative of diverse cultural and disability populations, in order to effectively meet pre-employment and employment needs of individuals with disabilities. Graduates are expected to provide and coordinate all aspects of the rehabilitation process, including: assessment; individual, group, family, and vocational/career counseling; job development and placement; case management; medical, vocational, and/or educational training; follow-up services; and other rehabilitation services that will assist a person with a disability to become a contributing member of the workforce.

Program Objectives

Candidates for graduation from Clinical Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling will:

  • demonstrate professional knowledge, behavior, and social responsibility as related to rehabilitation counseling and ethical principles in the public and private sectors;
  • identify psychosocial aspects relevant to individual and sociocultural responses at onset of and living with disability;
  • apply constructs relevant to human growth, development, and disability in a changing social landscape;
  • differentiate and contrast theoretical models of career development, and apply theoretical models in resolving issues of employment facing people with disabilities;
  • translate and demonstrate principles, theories, methods, and styles of relevant counseling approaches and principles to diverse populations;
  • employ principles, theories, and activities related to group counseling and working with families who experience disability;
  • apply statistical principles to identification, utilization, and interpretation of assessment instruments and methods;
  • apply essential knowledge and skills in documenting and applying research methods as relevant to consumer progress and program evaluation;
  • classify medical, functional, and environmental aspects of disability; and,
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to coordinate rehabilitation, employment, and related services.


This program is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) since 1996. For verification of accreditation status, please check the CACREP directory at