Launched in August 2004, the mission of Wilberforce University Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Program is designed to prepare qualified, professionally trained rehabilitation counselors who are committed to promoting the effective delivery of rehabilitation services to empower persons with disabilities to maximize their independence.
The Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling has the following objectives:
The Rehabilitation Counseling program at Wilberforce University is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) (www.core-rehab.org). For General Program Information for Public Disclosure and Use (CORE Standard A.5), click here.
Graduate students are prepared to meet the psychosocial and vocational needs of persons with varying disabilities such as developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, alcohol and substance abuse behaviors, as well as other acquired disabling conditions. Graduate students are professionally trained for careers in vocational rehabilitation in government agencies such as the state-federal system, not for profit and for profit community rehabilitation programs, educational institutions, private for profit and not for profit community rehabilitation programs, substance abuse and transitional programs, bureau of worker’s compensation, and mental health services.
Graduate students utilize knowledge and competency in understanding the physical, social, psychological, economic, and political implications of disabilities to promote self-sufficiency and independence. Likewise, they acquire cultural competence, are trained to engage in ethical practice, ongoing professional development, and to implement research initiatives.
The program recruits candidates from typically underrepresented populations such as minority students and students with disabilities from the entire Region V area. Wilberforce’s Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling is the only HBCU program in the Midwest. (Region V includes Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.) The program results in improvement in the rehabilitation delivery system by increasing the number of master’s level minority professionals entering the rehabilitation service, or increasing their qualifications to advance professionally. Likewise, the program builds local capacity to provide culturally competent rehabilitation services for minority clients in the rehabilitation system and improve their chances to achieve successful employment outcomes.
Rehabilitation as a Career
Rehabilitation counselors are in high demand nationawide, and many recognized experts in the tech field predict the demand will increase during the next several years. Rehabilitation counselors deal with the personal, social, and vocational effects of disabilities in relation to employment and help people to become self sufficient citizens.
Counseling is a challenging job that often requires vision and creativity to see possibilities where others see only problems. Counselors may confer with people who are disabled as the result of birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or psychological or emotional issues. They evaluate the strengths and limitations of individuals, provide personal and vocational counseling, and may arrange for medical care, vocational training, and job placement. They may interview both individuals with disabilities and their families, evaluate school and medical reports, and confer and plan with physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, shchools, employers to determine the capabilities and skills of individuals with disabilities. They develop a rehabilitation program in conjunction with the consumer to help the person arrive at a plan to achieve a feasible employment outcome.
Rehabilitation Counselors may be employed in the following:
For more information on careers in vocational rehabilitation, please visit the home page of the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials at www.rehabjobs.org. Additional information can also be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov.