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REHA ― Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling


REHA 501 Principles of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

3 cr. (F, Su even)  Provides a survey of the history, principles, philosophy, and legal aspects of rehabilitation and mental health counseling.  Integration of rehabilitation and mental health services is stressed, utilizing the objectives and organizational basis of rehabilitation and mental health programs.


REHA 502 Individual and Family Response to Disability

3 cr. (Sp, Su even)  Provides an overall knowledge and understanding of the psychological and social impact of physical and psychiatric disability on individual and family life.  Examines the unique characteristics and/or problems associated with specific disability groups.  Describes and evaluates various treatment approaches available for counselors working with individuals and families with disabilities.


REHA 503 Psychiatric Rehabilitation

3 cr. (F)  Provides an introduction to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation.  Includes historical antecedents, concepts, principles, assessment, treatment planning, techniques and modalities, psychopharmaceutical treatment, service delivery, and case management methods.  Emphasis is placed on issues central to individuals with psychiatric disabilities, such as the consumer movement, empowerment, family intervention, cross-cultural issues, recovery, illness self-management, and reintegration within the community.


REHA 505 Theories of Counseling

3 cr. (F)  Explores the general theories (behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and Freudian) that have played major roles in the development of the counseling profession.  Examines representative theories of each of the general counseling perspectives and asks the student to relate these positions to their personal theory of counseling.


REHA 507 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice

3 cr.  (F, Su odd)  Provides an overview of current legal, ethical, and professional issues, and professional identity development related to the practice of rehabilitation and mental health counseling.  Focuses on relevant ethical principles, codes, and decision making, along with regulatory procedures.


REHA 508 Multicultural and Gender Issues in Counseling

3 cr. (Sp live, Su odd)  Examines multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills from culture-centered perspectives while simultaneously respecting traditional individual approaches to the field.  Promotes the development of diversity sensitivity in support of counseling practices that reflect an understanding of psychosocial influences, cultural beliefs, values, and psychological dynamics related to self-identity, self-advocacy, competency, adjustment, and attitude formation.


REHA 515 Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability

3 cr. (Sp, Su even)  Provides knowledge of medical terminology and processes, understanding of various disabling diseases and psychological conditions, and the necessary related information needed to carry out service delivery to a consumer.  The student will also become aware of the range of medical and psychological services utilized by rehabilitation and mental health counselors.


REHA 517 Research and Program Evaluation

3 cr. (F)  Provides students with an introduction to major principles, concepts, and practices in social science research related to rehabilitation and mental health counseling.  Students will develop an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation to inform evidence-based practice in counseling related settings.


REHA 519 Human Growth and Development

3 cr. (Sp)  Provides students with an overview of theory and research related to human growth and development over the lifespan.  Studies the characteristics of human growth at each stage of development.  Life-cycle theories of development; developmentally appropriate crisis counseling techniques; developmental tasks; normal-abnormal behavior; and models of moral, intellectual, social, and physical development and learning theories will be explored.  Counseling strategies for specific concerns in the life cycle will be emphasized.


REHA 520 Group and Individual Evaluation

3 cr. (Sp odd/live, Sp even/online, Su odd)  Provides training in the proper evaluation, selection, and administration of psychological and vocational tests as well as correct interpretation and use of test results.  Clinical interviewing techniques are also covered.


REHA 521 Advanced Individual Counseling

3 cr. Prerequisite: (F even/online, F odd/live)  Builds upon previous counseling knowledge about theories and dynamics, integrating techniques and skills of advanced individual counseling.  Students will be given opportunities to experience, practice, and develop an understanding of the use of these advanced skills.

REHA 523 Advanced Group Counseling

3 cr. (Sp live, Su-1 week live)  Provides students with a foundational understanding of group development, dynamics, and theories in relation to group and family counseling and therapy.  Leadership styles, techniques, and roles are explored, and ethical and legal issues related to group and family interventions are discussed.  The course utilizes a combination of lecture and student participation and leadership in an experiential group process.


REHA 525 Career Development, Placement, and Support

3 cr. (F)  Introduces students to the theory, methods, and techniques for assisting clients to obtain and maintain employment.  Special emphasis will be placed on career counseling, planning, assessment, job readiness, job analysis, development, and accommodation.


REHA 560 DSM-5 for Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counselors

3 cr. (F live, Sp)  Provides understanding of the structure, content, and uses of the DSM-5.  General concepts and theoretical assumptions of the DSM diagnostic system will be explored.  Strategies and techniques designed for assessment of specific disorders will also be illustrated and practiced.


REHA 590 Prepracticum for Rehab and Mental Health Counseling

3 cr. (F live, Su-1 week live)  Introduces students to the counseling experience and promotion of knowledge, skills, and awareness of effective and ethical counseling methods and fundamentals of helping relationships and case management.  Through practice and supervision, students will develop clinical skills necessary to influence the helping process.  Demonstration of these skills is a prerequisite for enrollment in practicum (REHA 594).


REHA 594 Counseling Practicum

3 cr.  (F, Sp)  Provides the graduate student with an opportunity to acquire counseling experience and firsthand knowledge of the purpose, function, services, and clientele of a specific rehabilitation agency or mental health counseling setting.  In addition to on-site work experience, the practicum placement will be supplemented with counseling clinic activities for faculty/group supervision, feedback exchange, and counseling skill enhancement.


REHA 596 Cooperative Education/Internship

V6-12 cr. Prerequisites: REHA 590 and REHA 594 (F, Sp)  Provides the graduate student with a supervised placement in a rehabilitation/mental health counseling setting which is related to the student’s career goals.  The student is expected to assume the full complement of duties performed by a rehabilitation/mental health counselor in that setting.  These include, but are not limited to:  individual counseling, case management, utilization of community resources, advocacy and client assignment.  Supervision is provided by a professional in the setting and by Departmental faculty on both counseling and case management issues.  In addition to on-site work experience, the internship placement will be supplemented with weekly counseling clinic activities for faculty/group supervision, feedback exchange, and counseling skill enhancement.


REHA 599 Thesis

6 cr. Prerequisites: REHA 517 or equivalent and approved plan of study.  This course may be given the grade of “T” until research and writing is completed and accepted within the time limit of the degree.