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Certificate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

The purpose of this certificate is to educate rehabilitation counselors to provide effective vocational rehabilitation interventions that will result in greater workforce participation and integration of individuals who experience psychiatric disabilities. This advanced academic certificate is designed for current and aspiring professionals in a variety of rehabilitation settings including public and private mental health programs, supported and competitive employment programs, postsecondary education (community college, university), out-patient hospital programs, state departments of rehabilitation, private rehabilitation agencies, or other projects funded through private or government resources that serve individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

Prerequisites:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with demonstrated experience in disability-related work and/or academic coursework.

Required Courses:

  • ARP 660 Theory and Process of Counseling in Rehabilitation (3)
  • ARP 687 Placement Practices with Individuals with Disabilities (3) – May 28th, 2013
  • ARP 740 Advanced Seminar in Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education: Psychiatric Rehabilitation (3)
  • ARP 680 Introduction to Psychiatric Rehabilitation (3) Cr/NC
  • ARP 745 Internship in Rehabilitation (3) Cr/NC – Tentative: Sep. 16th, 2013

The Advanced Seminar (ARP 740) and Introduction to Psychiatric Rehabilitation (ARP 680) are specialized courses that focus specifically on psychiatric rehabilitation. Theory and Process and Counseling in Rehabilitation (ARP 660), Placement Practices with Individuals with Disabilities (ARP 687), and Internship (ARP 745) are required within the core curriculum of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program (RCP), and the Certificate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation can be taken simultaneously with the RCP. The three units of Internship (ARP745) will be completed in a psychiatric rehabilitation setting.

Completion Requirements:

Students must complete 15 units with at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average. Students in the certificate program will complete 12 units of formal coursework, and 3 units of internship unless the program advisor approves alternative courses. Major assignments in all courses will focus on psychiatric rehabilitation and mental health, and the culminating assignment will be a comprehensive portfolio of work completed during the certificate.

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all certificate coursework with no less that a grade of “C” in any course. Only three units of coursework with a grade of “C” will count towards the certificate. A maximum of three units of coursework can be repeated. Courses in the certificate program may be applied to a master’s degree if applicable.

Contact Information:

Dr. Marjorie F. Olney is the program advisor for the Certificate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation program. She meets with each certificate student to design an individualized program of study based on the student’s educational background and professional experience. Students may enroll in the certificate program and the master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling concurrently.

Contact Dr. Olney at 619-594-6883 for further information.