The clinical rehabilitation counseling specialization will prepare you to work in state organizations, hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, and private practices, as well as in insurance rehabilitation, for advocacy groups, or as a consultant.
Drake University's clinical rehabilitation counseling program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education, so you will be eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam—which leads to certification in every state—during your last semester of coursework.
The 60-credit hour rehabilitation program emphasizes field-based experiences, with six courses devoted to hands-on learning. The program can be completed in two and a half years.
The rehabilitation program has strong ties to the community. Professionals from the community are often invited to teach classes or be guest speakers.
Drake is also committed to advancing the field. The National Rehabilitation Institute was established at Drake in 1976. The Institute conducts research, manages federal research and training grants, and provides pre-service and in-service training in the areas of rehabilitation counseling, placement, and leadership. Drake is also a member of the Iowa Rehabilitation Association, National Rehabilitation Association, and the American Counseling Association.
The American Counseling Association (ACA) recently conducted a comprehensive survey looking at counselor compensation and benefits across the profession. Survey results indicated that, Rehabilitation Counselors were named the highest paid specialty in the counseling profession and additionally earned better overall benefits.
According to the ACA study:
The Mission of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization
The mission of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialization is to support activities that improve the lives of people with disabilities. To this end we will offer degree programs, provide university and community services, and conduct research on issues related to rehabilitation. Close collaboration will occur between the program, students, local rehabilitation provider, and consumers to ensure a well-rounded and practical learning experience. Students will graduate from the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program having met all of the competencies established by Drake University, the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), and the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).
The Objectives of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization
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Click here for rehabilitation counseling coursework information. For more information on certification, visit the website for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.