Stephen F. Austin State University

Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program is a 60-hour CACREP accredited graduate degree that offers students the highest quality of training to work with people with disabilities, and to prepare students for a national certification as Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) and state licensure as License Professional Counselor (LPC). SFASU Rehabilitation Counseling graduates are highly sought after to work in State agencies and other rehabilitation settings.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program is to provide rehabilitation education, research, and community services that are in the forefront of the rehabilitation field that foster practical leadership in our students. We prepare qualified rehabilitation professionals at both the bachelors and masters degree level.

Program Objectives

The Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program strives to achieve the following objectives: To train students in the effective delivery of rehabilitation services to individuals with physical, mental, and/or sensory impairments To emphasize the acquisition of competencies in the broad field of rehabilitation To train students to be professional counselors who will be equipped with skills to assist persons with disabilities in meeting their personal goals To provide continuing education to state rehabilitation services and other rehabilitation personnel for further skill development and completion of a degree

What is Rehabilitation Counseling?

Rehabilitation Counseling emphasizes empowerment of individuals with disabilities to maximize employability, attain economic self-sufficiency, independence, inclusion, and integration into American society. The philosophical foundation of rehabilitation counseling includes the belief in advocacy and the rights of people with disabilities. Rehabilitation counseling emphasizes integration and inclusion, focusing on assets of people, and assisting in the pursuit of independence. By moving from a status of dependence to a status of independence, personal adjustment and/or the opportunity to succeed economically, via employment, can be achieved. A rehabilitation counselor is a special type of professional counselor who helps evaluate and coordinate needed services to assist people with disabilities in coping with limitations caused by such factors as cognitive and learning difficulties, environmental and societal discrimination and barriers, psychological conflict/distress, or loss of physical/functional ability. (Council on Rehabilitation Education, 2014.)

The skills and techniques used by a Rehabilitation Counselor include:

Accreditation Information

The CRCEP is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational program. The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) has completed the final paperwork to merge with CACREP bringing together these two counseling accrediting bodies.

Potential Students

Potential students should demonstrate a strong desire to work with individuals with disabilities. Preferred undergraduate degrees include rehabilitation services, psychology, sociology, social work, special education, or other related human service fields. Students from other undergraduate majors who have personal or volunteer experience in working with individuals with disabilities will be considered. Admission criteria and application procedures can be found on the Counselor Education Programs website.

Financial Aid

Students may receive financial aid through the SFASU Financial Aid Services. A limited number of Graduate Assistantship positions are available through the Graduate School.

The estimated cost of full time (9 hours) attendance is approximately $3000 a semester, plus tuition and fees. The tuition calculator can be used to determine the cost for a specific number of hours per semester.

Graduate Curriculum

Exact sequencing of classes will be determined based upon full or part time attendance and any leveling courses that may be required. The following is an example of a full time student who enters in the fall semester.

Rehabilitation Counseling Sample Course Sequence

A full description of courses can be found on the Graduate Courses page.

Rehabilitation Counseling Information Booklet