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Addiction Counseling Concentration

The RDS bachelor's degree has two concentrations to select from, each of which requires 44 semester hours for the major.

Below is information for the Addiction Counseling Concentration.

Students generally begin the program at the beginning of the second semester of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. The program of study concludes with an internship the last semester.

Program of Study + Course Descriptions

RE 290 Introduction to Rehabilitation Programs (3 hrs)

The purpose of this class is to provide students with an introduction to the profession of rehabilitation services. This course will introduce students to areas of rehabilitation service provision that are accessible to baccalaureate (BS rehabilitation services) trained professionals. Students will consider the history, philosophy, organization and services of vocational rehabilitation: the needs and rights of the people with disabilities will be emphasized. A survey approach will use guest speakers, video and electronic media to present services, rehabilitation settings, and the duties and functions of entry level generalist rehabilitation personnel.

RE 291 Survey of Disabling Conditions (3 hrs)

The course focuses on physical disabilities and covers attitudinal, environmental, medical, and the more common psychosocial problems encountered in working with individuals with a disability. It includes basic medical information and terminology, functional limitations, and special attention will be given to the definition, classification, incidence, etiology, diagnosis and assessment, developmental consequences, and available interventions for each of the disabling conditions.

RE 301 Rehabilitation Research/Report Writing (1 hr)

This course focuses on skills needed for students to access and utilize rehabilitation research. The course will review the basic terminology, concepts and principles underlying research in rehabilitation and will identify the major sources of rehabilitation research literature. Students will develop skills in conducting a literature review using Internet browser searches, online databases and professional websites, the university library and associated electronic databases. This course will assist students in reading research reports and synthesizing information for application to practice and for writing scholarly reports. The skills needed for writing professional research papers/reports will be developed along with acquiring the fundamentals of APA format.

RE 305 Ethics in Human Services (3 hrs)

This course will examine codes of ethics, professional behavior, ethical issues, and legal and liability concerns facing practitioners working in the rehabilitation field. It will expose students to the implications of unethical behavior and the challenges practitioners must address in their employment.

RE 392 Survey of Mental & Psychological Disabilities (3 hrs)

This course focuses on the nature and types of mental disabilities commonly encountered by rehabilitation professionals. Specific disabilities to be focuses on include: mental retardation, learning disabilities, and selected psychological disorders such as personality disorders, affective disorders, psychotic disorders, and drug abuse.

RE 510 Applied Counseling Skills Development (3 hrs)

Emphasis will be placed on understanding the cognitive and affective elements necessary to establish professional helping relationships with clients. Role-playing and videotape recordings will be an integral part of the instructional process. The theoretical concepts of interviewing as well as the practical aspects in establishing professional helping relationships between the human services worker and the client will be examined.

RE 636 Introduction to Group Procedures (3 hrs)

The focus of this course is to provide an opportunity for the further development of interpersonal skills and personal growth through exposure and participation in group guidance activities. The majority of class time will be spent providing students with the opportunity to realize the potential of providing educational and self-growth experiences for persons who have a disability. Scholarly materials will be presented to acquaint the student with the various theoretical approaches and uses of group work. A great deal of time will also be spent in the application of this knowledge in a group experience. An expectation of this course will be for each student to identify, research, prepare, and present a paper on a topic or theory related to group work. The paper/presentation must address the issue of how techniques/theory etc., can be applied to meet the needs of persons having disabilities.

RE 641 Case Management in Rehabilitation (3 hrs)

(Prerequisites, RE 290, RE 291, and RE 392.) Designed to provide the student with an understanding in depth of the principles and techniques involved in casework procedures in social and rehabilitation service agencies. The student will learn the essential content of the client study process and techniques in plan formulation and implementation.

RE 683 Family Issues and Advocacy (3 hrs)

This course will examine some of the principles and theories that influence family services, and the roles and factors that significant others play in supporting rehabilitation services to individuals. It will emphasize a holistic view of the family, disability, and rehabilitation services to individuals. Issues that impact personal adjustment and rehabilitation goal attainment will be explored as well as the meaning of "family" in today's society. Legislation and agency policy will be explored to understand the economic implications to families with members who have disabilities.

RE 694 Assessment & Employment of Persons with Disabilities (3 hrs)

An orientation to occupations, occupational information assessment instruments, assessment techniques and information interpretation as utilized in various vocational rehabilitation settings. Consideration will also be given to various theoretical approaches to vocational planning and the impact of theory in practice.

RE 699 Internship in Rehabilitation Services (6 hrs)

(Prerequisite, permission required.) The opportunity for supervised application of theory to practice in a rehabilitation setting under direct supervision of qualified persons in the host agency and the university faculty.

RE 700 Seminar in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies (1 hr)

(Prerequisites, RE 699 or concurrent or permission required.) This course will provide the opportunity for undergraduate students to share and learn from the experiences of other students participating in a variety of internship field experiences. Students will meet periodically on campus to review problems encountered and to discuss issues that influence the delivery of rehabilitation services. Students enroll in the seminar during the semester they are completing an internship.

Students must complete the above courses along with:

RE Electives (with advisor approval) 6 hrs


Recommended Course Sequence

Below is an example of a 120 credit hour program:

General Education 48 hrs
Rehabilitation & Disability Studies 44 hrs
Electives or Minor 18 hrs
Free Electives 10 hrs
  
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
   
 120
hrs

Here is a more detailed version of this example:

Freshman - Semester I (Fall)

Core Skills - Writing 3 hrs
Life and Physical Science 4 hrs
Core Skills - Speaking and Listening 3 hrs
Core Skills - Quantitative 3 hrs
RE 290 Introduction to Rehabilitation 3 hrs
  
 
TOTAL
  
16 hrs

Spring - Semester II (Spring)

Core Skills - Writing 3 hrs
Core Skills - Information Technology 3 hrs
Creative Arts 2 hrs
Humanities 3 hrs
Humanities 3 hrs
Personal & Social Well-Being 1 hr
  
TOTAL
  
15 hrs

Total Credits, Freshman Year = 31


Sophomore - Semester I (Fall)

Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 hrs
Personal and Social Well-Being 3 hrs
Life and Physical Science 5 hrs
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 hrs
RE 301 Research and Report Writing 1 hr
  
 
TOTAL
  
15 hrs

Sophomore - Semester II (Spring)

RE 292

Survey of Disabling Conditions

3 hrs

RE 392

Survey of Mental & Psych. Dis.

3 hrs

Multicultural Perspective

3 hrs

Multicultural Perspective

3 hrs

Elective or Minor

3 hrs

   
TOTAL

 
15 hrs

Total Credits, Sophomore Year = 30

Total Cumulative Credits (Freshman + Sophomore Years) = 61


Junior - Semester I (Fall)

RE 510 Helping Relationships 3 hrs
RE 636 Introduction to Group Procedures 3 hrs
RE 692 Vocational Information and Assessment 3 hrs
Elective (> 300) 3 hrs
Elective or Minor 3 hrs
 
TOTAL
  
15 hrs

Junior - Semester II (Spring)

RE 305 

Ethics in Human Services

3 hrs

RE 683 

Family Issues & Advocacy

3 hrs

RE 695

Employment Issues in Rehab.

3 hrs

Elective (> 300)

3 hrs

Elective (> 300)

3 hrs

Elective or Minor

1 hr

 

  
TOTAL

  
16 hrs

Total Credits, Junior Year = 31

Total Cumulative Credits (Freshman thru Junior Years)= 92


Senior - Semester I (Fall)

RE 641

Caseload Management

3 hrs

RE 699

Internship in Rehabilitation

4 hrs

Elective or Minor

3 hrs

Elective or Minor

3 hrs

Elective or Minor

3 hrs

 

  
TOTAL

  
16 hrs

Senior - Semester II (Spring)

RE 699

Internship in Rehabilitation

5 hrs

RE 700

Seminar in Rehabilitation

1 hrs

Advisor Approved Rehab. Elective

3 hrs

Elective or Minor

3 hrs

  
TOTAL 

        
12 hrs

Total Credits Senior = 28

TOTAL CUMULATIVE CREDITS = 120