Mission, Goal and Objectives

The mission of the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center forwards the mission of the University by providing a practitioner training program focused on the unique needs of diverse communities, especially in rural settings. We are committed to preparing entry-level rehabilitation counselors to work competently and ethically through the mastery of evidence-based rehabilitation practices. Our focus centers on understanding the unique needs of individuals with disabilities across their lifespans in the community, workplace, personal relationships and activities.

The goal of the program is to prepare counselors with the counseling and rehabilitation knowledge, attitudes, and skills to assist clients with mental, physical and/or emotional disabilities in using their own resources and opportunities to meet their developmental, vocational, and educational needs. To accomplish this goal, the program provides educational and practical experiences that allow students to meet the following knowledge and outcome expectations:

The objectives of our program are linked to our mission statement. They are to provide:

  • Educational experiences that facilitate the development of knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to practice as qualified rehabilitation counselors with a diverse population in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Learning opportunities to support the ability to implement culturally responsive and ethically sound rehabilitation counseling practices throughout their careers, and to advocate for individuals with disabilities and the profession.
  • Clinical training experiences focused on translating acquired knowledge, attitudes and skills to evidence-based practice in a wide range of real-world environments.

Rehabilitation Counseling Curriculum

Core Coursework
Course Designation Credit Hours
HPRC 5301 Introduction to Counseling and Ethical Development 3 hours
HPRC 5302 Counseling Theories 3 hours
HPRC 5303 Medical Aspects of Disability 3 hours
HPRC 5304 Career Counseling 3 hours
HPRC 5307 Multicultural Counseling 3 hours
HPRC 5309 Group Counseling 3 hours
HPRC 5311 Micro Counseling 3 hours
HPRC 5316 Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling and Ethical Development 3 hours
HPRC 5317 Addictions 3 hours
HPRC 5319 Human Growth and Development 3 hours
HPRC 5320 Professional Development in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling 3 hours
HPRC 5321 Assessment 3 hours
HPRC 5323 Psychopathology and Diagnostics 3 hours
HPRC 5324 Research and Statistics 3 hours
HPRC 5325 Treatment Planning and Case Management 3 hours
Total 45 hours
Clinical Coursework
Course Designation Credit Hours
HPRC 5312 Practicum 3 hours
HPRC 5313 Internship I 3 hours
HPRC 5314 Internship II 3 hours
HPRC 5315 Internship III 3 hours
Total 12 hours
Elective
Course Designation Credit Hours
HPRC Special Topics 3 hours
Total NA

Accreditation

The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) has conferred a certificate of accreditation to the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling program. This recognition provides evidence that the program complies with the educational standards and evaluated by the Commission on Standards and Accreditation for masters’ degree level Programs in Rehabilitation Counselor Education. The program has maintained full accreditation since 2003. Beginning July of 2017, the program will move accreditation to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Certification

Upon completion of the MRC program, students will possess the competencies and experiences necessary to take the national certification examinations, and if successful, be accredited as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and sit for licensure as an LPC in most states.

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