Master in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
The mission of the Master’s Program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling is to provide its students with the highest quality of training in the relevant concepts and skills needed in vocational and adjustment counseling for people with disabilities and chronic illness, and to provide Program graduates with the academic and clinical experiences necessary for national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and/or Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA).
In order to fulfill the mission of the Master’s Program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, the Program seeks to meet the following objectives:
- To offer academic content and clinical practicum and internship experiences that will meet or exceed standards necessary for obtaining relevant accreditation, certification, and licensure.
- To ensure that all Program graduates have demonstrated mastery of core academic content.
- To ensure that all Program graduates have demonstrated essential skills in clinical rehabilitation counseling, psychological assessment, and vocational planning.
- To ensure that Program graduates have demonstrated knowledge of the professional identities expected of a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Psychological Associate.
The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). A special effort has been made to offer course work in areas of study relative to certification as a rehabilitation counselor in addition to licensure as a psychological associate and/or a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas.
In additional to the Medical Center’s campus facilities, students may elect various internship experiences within special facilities in the Dallas area. For example, students see clients/consumers from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Metrocare Services, Pate Rehabilitation, and the Parkland Health & Hospital System.
The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program maintains space and equipment to teach counseling and assessment skills. The Department also operates the University Rehabilitation Service (URS), a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation facility that provides a locus for the practicum and internship phases of the Program. It provides a range of rehabilitation diagnostic and treatment services to people with disabilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These include psychological evaluation, neuropsychological evaluation, psychological counseling, psychosocial skills training, and supported employment services.
Practicum and internship students provide services under the supervision of faculty and are involved in seminars and case conferences on a regular basis. The Program facilitates the professional practice of rehabilitation counseling on this campus and enhances the integration of service, teaching, and research. It also offers opportunities to create links with various Departments of UT Southwestern Medical School and UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.
Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Team
The Program is led by Robert Drake, M.S., CRC, LPC-S, Interim Director