The Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (MSCRMHC) program offers a rigorous curriculum of live and online coursework and fieldwork experiences designed to prepare graduates for state licensure eligibility and national certification. The program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for Rehabilitation Counseling. CACREP has established standards for the accreditation of graduate programs in the counseling fields. These standards are carried out in a number of ways: through continued curriculum development and implementation; by fostering relationships between students and faculty; and competitive staffing of the programs. Students benefit by participating in a program that is nationally recognized for its quality and high academic standards.
Students enrolling in the distance education program must come to the Montana State University Billings campus for two classes, REHA 523 Advanced Group Counseling and REHA 590 Prepracticum. These classes are offered summer semester as a hybrid, with three on campus days and the balance online to accommodate the working professional. Practicum and internship experiences can be arranged in local communities with the availability of a qualified supervisor and site. New MSCRMHC students are required to participate in a New Student orientation session during their first year of study.
Flexible course offerings including online and evenings
Fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Graduates find employment in many social service settings
Strong Practicum and Internship component
What can you do with a degree in C.R.M.H.C?
Graduates of the program have found employment in state and federal agencies, community based rehabilitation and mental health centers, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, schools and universities, and other private and public social service organizations.
Graduates from the MSRMHC program often find work as:
Some of our recent graduates responded to a Graduate Data survey taken 9 months after graduation. Of the 4 Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling graduates who did respond to the survey, all 4 or 100% are employed in their field. They reported an average salary of $40,650.
Questions? Contact Dr. Tom Dell, Associate Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before I even graduated with my master’s degree in counseling, I got a job as a certified rehabilitation counseling (CRC). The professors teaching in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program at Montana State University Billings made this possible. Because of their connections and dedication for their student’s success, I was able to take the certification test and start my new career at Rocky Mountain Rehab, a business helping people who have sustained traumatic injuries. My new career is challenging and rewarding in so many ways. I get to do so many of things I learned in school and apply them to what I do every day, such as research, writing and interacting with people who make it their life’s ambition to helping others. Life care planning is not what I had in mind when I first went back to school changing careers from nursing, but I feel fortunate that I had these professors to help guide me down this path. Not only did I get a cool job in life care planning, but I also got a second job doing what I have wanted to do for over twenty years; become a counselor. After doing my internship at Yellowstone Counseling Center, I decided to stay.
I attended MSU Billings from 2007-2018. In this time, I obtained my BS/Human Services and MS/Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling degrees. MSU-Billings gave me the needed skills to delve into the social services field and learn that I truly can make a difference in people’s lives. MSU-Billings allowed me an opportunity for self-reflection and introspection and helped me grow into a mental health professional.
In my current position, I work for Probation and Parole, as well as Montana Women’s Prison as a Substance Abuse Counselor. I have the opportunity to help clients think about their choices and give them better options to make healthier decisions to move their lives in a more positive direction. I have my LAC and PCLC licenses. I am currently a Professional Counselor Licensure Candidate and have around 1300 of the 3000 hours I need to become licensed as an LCPC. All of the challenges, obstacles, and detours as well as amazing opportunities I have had in the past decade have made me who I am. I would not take any of it back. MSU-Billings professors’ encourage, support and validate the emotions and feelings you go through, as well as encourage you to believe that you have the ability to change the social service systems we work within. Thank you to all of my professors and all administrative staff that made my life easier and made this exciting journey possible. I am forever indebted to you to make a difference in the world!