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2006-2007 Springfield College Graduate Catalog 
    
2006-2007 Springfield College Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Rehabilitation Counseling and Services



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The Rehabilitation Services Department at Springfield College offers both full-time and part-time graduate programs in Rehabilitation Counseling and Services leading to the master’s degree. The programs are designed to provide a combination of didactic course work along with professionally supervised clinical experiences. The Rehabilitation Counseling and Services programs are offered in cooperation with the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), U.S. Department of Education. RSA scholarships may be available to full-time students.

General Curriculum

The general curriculum requirements are such that each student is expected to demonstrate skills and understanding in six basic areas of functioning. These areas are as follows:

  1. Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling and Services
  2. Assessment and Evaluation
  3. Case Management
  4. Interviewing and Counseling (Individual, Group, Family)
  5. Personal Career Development and Placement
  6. Research, Analysis and Application

Within the general requirements, emphasis is placed on knowledge and understanding of medical, psychological, social, educational, and vocational aspects of disability and impairments. Faculty advisors meet with students at the beginning of their enrollment to outline an appropriate course of study. Individual differences in background, education, and training are taken into account in meeting the basic requirements.

Programs

In addition to the general requirements, which are at the core of all programs, the graduate candidate may earn a master of science or master of education degree by completing a course of study in one of the following areas:

Rehabilitation Counseling:

  • Alcohol Rehabilitation and Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Counselor for Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • General Counseling and Casework
  • Pediatric and Developmental Disabilities
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment

Rehabilitation Management and Administration:

  • Disability Management
  • Employee Assistance Administration
  • Program Supervisor
  • Rehabilitation Services Administration

Rehabilitation Services:

  • Addiction Services
  • Cardiac Counseling and Education
  • Child Services - Early Intervention Specialist
  • Citizen and Consumer Advocacy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Rehabilitation
  • Expressive and Activity Therapies
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Early Intervention Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Services Specialist

The graduate programs are designed to meet the goals and needs of students with a variety of educational and experiential backgrounds as well as the national professional standards required to assist our graduates to be fully marketable in the field. Individual eligibility should be discussed with the department chairperson and faculty advisor. Students who have completed the master’s degree may pursue advanced course work leading to a Post-Master’s Certificate. Typically, students seeking the certificate wish to complement their existing educational and professional background, training, and experience to qualify for advanced positions or to become eligible for rehabilitation certification. Programs are arranged individually with the student’s faculty advisor.  Three program levels are available for the master’s degree. Program levels may be determined and approved by the completion of the first twelve to fifteen credits of course work.

Eligibility

Program Level I: Students with bachelor’s degrees but without previous rehabilitation education or experience are eligible for the minimum sixty credit program. Students should have a minimum of fifteen to eighteen credits of undergraduate course work in the behavioral and social sciences especially psychology and sociology. Where the undergraduate background is deficient, prerequisite course work may be necessary.

Program Level II: Students who possess a bachelor’s degree, previous experience, concurrent employment in rehabilitation counseling, or a minor in Rehabilitation Services Education with at least eighteen credits of acceptable course work are eligible for this program. A minimum of forty-eight credits of graduate cooursework is required.

Program Level III: In recognition of the increasing need for qualified rehabilitation specialists to work with persons with disabilities, and the difficulties encountered by many individuals seeking to fulfill degree requirements, guidelines have been established for an individualized master’s degree program in Rehabilitation Services and Rehabilitation Management and Administration only. Students with acceptable previous employment experience, concurrent employment, or related background may plan a program of study within the scope of departmental and related offerings. This program is subject to departmental faculty approval and should be planned in consultation with a departmental faculty advisor. A minimum of thirty-six credits of graduate coursework is required in this specialized program, although additional course work may be necessary. A minimum of three to five years of acceptable employment experience including a minimum of one year under the supervision of a CRC is required for CRC eligibility.

Certification: Students accepted to this program level normally have or are obtaining the professional experience necessary to become eligible for certification as a rehabilitation counselor (CRC) if required or desired. This program level, however, is not designed for specific certification eligibility, but rather is intended for those wishing to expand or complement existing background and experience. Those interested primarily in qualification for counselor certification or licensure should consider Level I or Level II programs within the Rehabilitation Counseling programs.

Accreditation Information

The Rehabilitation Counseling programs (Levels I and II) are approved and accredited by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Students completing all course work requirements (minimum: 48 credits) including research, general rehabilitation course requirements, practica, and internships are eligible for the national certification examination to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) and to apply for state licensure as a Rehabilitation Counselor (LRC). Depending on the concentration, students may also be aligible for additional certifications and licences. For more information, see the information provided for individual concentrations.

Additional Information

Students should consult with their advisors to plan sequence of courses to be suree course prerequisites are appropriately met and to determine if specific requirements by certifying bodies have been changed.

Program Coordinators/Faculty and Telephone Numbers

Michael P. Accordino, D.Ed., CRC, LMHC - Associate Professor
748-3258 Room 102C
Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

J. Patrick Decoteau, Ph.D., CRC/LRC - Professor
748-3375 Room 110
Vocational Evaluation - Work Adjustment Specialist

Bernard T. Graney, Ph.D. - Professor
748-3320 Room 109
Pediatric and Developmental Disabilities

Robert L. Hewes, Ph.D., CRC - Associate Professor
748-3769 Room 108
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling

Thomas J. Ruscio, CRC/LRC - Department Chair
748-3566 Room 112
Management and Administration; Rehabilitation Counseling; General Cases; Rehabilitation Counseling for Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Special Services

Joseph F. Stano, Ph.D., NCC, CRC/LRC - Professor
748-3375 Room 102B
Rehabilitation Counseling - General Casework

Rehabilitation Counseling General Casework Level I Concentration (minimum 60 credits)


The primary objective of this program is to prepare students to work with a wide variety of physical, mental and emotional disabilities, illnesses, traumas, and other conditions. Emphasis is placed on knowledge and skills needed for diagnostic assessments, evaluation, interviewing, and counseling. Students are educated in the use of relevant information and dynamics for casework planning, case management, and client services. Typically, graduates of this program work as counselors, consultants, and specialists for employers in many different public and private settings. Usual responsibilities require the ability to work with various individuals, groups, families, schools, employers, physicians, and other professionals.

For more information on credit requirements, program level and certification, please see the section titled ‘Eligibility’. 

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Clinical fieldwork requirements (16 credits)


Electives (12 credits)


Research requirement


Master of Education degree (2 credits)


  • Credits: 2 - 3
  • must be taken for 2 credits to meet program requirement

    Successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive examination is required

    Total: 60 credits

Rehabilitation Counseling Level II Concentration (minimum 48 credits)


The primary objective of this program is to prepare students to work in counseling with a wide variety of mental, emotional disabilities, illnesses, traumas and other conditions.  Emphasis is placed on knowledge and skills needed for diagnostic assessments, evaluation, interviewing and counseling.  Students are educated in the use of relevant information and dynamics for casework planning and client services.  Typically, graduates of this program work as counselors, consultants and specialists for employers in many different public and private settings.  Usual responsibilities require the ability to work with various individuals, groups, families, schools, employees, physicians and other professionals.

For more information on credit requirements, program level and certification, please see the section titled ‘Eligibility’. 

Research requirement (3 credits)


Clinical Requirements (16 credits)


(Minimum of 150 clock hours of Practicum and 600 clock hours of internship under CRC supervision required)

Research (2 credits)


Plan A: Master of Education

Rehabilitation Services Level III General Concentration (36-48 s.h.)


In recognition of the need for qualified professionals to work in the field and the difficulties encountered by many individuals seeking to fulfill degree requirements, students with at least two to five years of previous experience, concurrent employment or related background may plan a program of study within the scope of departmental and related offerings.  This individualized program is subject to departmental faculty approval and should be planned in consultation with a departmental faculty advisor.  Students within this program normally have or are obtaining professional experience necessary to become eligible for certifications as a rehabilitation counselor or other related certification if required or desired.  Those interested primarily in qualifying for certification and licensure must be enrolled in the approved 48 to 60 credit programs.

For more information on credits requirements, program level and certification, please see the section titled ‘Eligibility’. 

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Specific program courses (minimum 12 credits)


Specific program courses are selected in consultation with program coordinator/academic advisor.

Clinical requirement (minimum of 3 credits)


Research requirement (3 credits)


Master of Education degree


  • Credits: 2 - 3
  • must be taken for 3 credits to complete program requirements

    Successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive examination is required

    Total 48 credits

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Level I & II Concentration (48-67 credits)


Prepares counselors and rehabilitation specialists to work with individuals and families affected by substance abuse/dependency and traumatic family environments. Focuses on intervention techniques, counseling, and therapeutic strategies for individuals and families in settings ranging from detoxification and residential/day treatment to intensive outpatient services and harm reduction strategies. In addition to being eligible to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), graduates from the program will meet the educational requirements for the Certified Addictions Counselor/Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (CAC/CADAC) in Massachusetts. This program has been designated and approved as an educational provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Association (NAADAC).

For more information on credit requirements, program level and certification, please see the section titled ‘Eligibility’. 

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Specific program requirements (12 credits)


Clinical fieldwork requirements (16 credits)


Research requirements


Master of Education degree (2 credits)


  • Credits: 2 - 3
  • must be taken for 2 credits to meet program requirements

    Successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination is required.

    Total: minimum 48 credits

Master of Science degree (8-9 credits)


Alcohol and Substance Counseling III Concentration (36-48 credits)


The primary objective of this program is to prepare students to work as counselors in a wide variety of detoxification and rehabilitation programs throughout the country. The focus is primarily on developing intervention techniques, counseling and therapeutic strategies for all aspects of rehabilitation programming from in-hospital acute treatment to residential/ day treatment and career development. Excellent opportunities exist for clinical field placements. Graduates are employed in a variety of hospitals, clinics and treatment centers as well as in business and industry, especially in personnel risk management and employee assistance programs. Graduates from the program will meet the educational requirements for the Certified Addictions Counselor/Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (CAC/CADAC) in Massachusetts but are not eligible for the certification in rehabilitation counseling (CRC).

For more information on credit requirements, program level and certification, please see the section titled ‘Eligibility’. 

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


General rehabilitation counseling requirements (9-12 credits)


Select three courses from the following:

Specific program requirements (9 credits)


  • RHDS 680 - Substance Abuse and Addictions Studies Institute Credits: 3

Electives (0-12 credits)


Clinical requirements (13 credits)


Research requirement : Master of Education (2 credits)


Plan A requires successful completion of all graduate work and successful completion of a program-specific comprehensive culminating experience (exam, portfolio, presentation, etc.).

The research requirement under this plan, which is determined by the student’s specific program, consists of either an independent study (RSCH 618 or department-specific 692) research project (RSCH 626 or department-specific 626), research completed within a specific course or portfolio, or a combination of research project and a related course.

  • Credits: 2 - 3
  • must be taken for 2 credits to meet program requirements

    Successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination is required.

    Total: minimum 36 credits

Management and Administration Concentration (36-60 credits)


Excellent opportunities exist for well-trained individuals to take leadership positions in the administration, supervision, management, and coordination of rehabilitation programs. Primary emphasis of this offering is in the development of planning, organizational and management skills, motivational theory and practice, and human resource development. Students completing this concentration become employed in a variety of public and private rehabilitation settings. Many opportunities currently exist in business and industry as well as public agency settings in such areas as personnel management and supervision, employee assistance programs, projects with industry, and insurance rehabilitation.

For more information on credit requirements, program level and certification, please see the section titled ‘Eligibility’. 

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Specific program elective (3 credits)


Clinical fieldwork requirements (16 credits)


Research requirements


Master of Education degree (2 credits)


  • Credits: 2 - 3
  • must be taken for 2 credits to meet program requirements

    Successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination is required.

    Total: minimum 60 credits

Master of Science degree (8-9 credits)


Pediatric and Development Disabilities Concentration (36-60 credits)


Graduate students interested in this program prepare themselves to work with those individuals who have developmental disabilities or children with disabilities. Primary consideration is given to developmental theory and current practice, social learning, and behavioral techniques. Graduates usually become employed in special schools and developmental centers, early intervention programs, rehabilitation hospitals, and community agencies. In addition to being eligible to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) after passing the designated exam, students who take specific courses may be certified as an Early Intervention Specialist or a Child Life Specialist after meeting specified requirements (see Specified Program Electives below). For those working in the field of Developmental Disabilities (DD) and who are not interested in licensure, a non CRC, M.Ed. is possible to achieve in a 36 credit individually planned program.

For more information on credit requirements, program level and certification, please see the section titled ‘Eligibility’. 

* Successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination is required.

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Clinical fieldwork requirements (16 credits)


Research requirement:


Master of Education degree (2 credits)


  • Credits: 2 - 3
  • must be taken for 2 credits to meet program requirements

    Successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination is required.

    Total: minimum 36 credits

Master of Science degree (8-9 credits)


Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Concentration (60 credits)


Students primarily interested in working with mental health or psychiatric populations are offered a program in this growing and exciting area of rehabilitation. Emphasis is placed not solely on understanding and knowledge in psychopathology and psychotherapy but rather on concepts of growth and development, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, milieu and expressive therapies, and psychosocial support systems. A dual program concentration with Alcohol Substance Abuse is also available to students in this program. Graduates of this program are typically employed in hospitals, clinics, community mental health programs, vocational rehabilitation agencies, and private psychiatric facilities. In addition to being eligible to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) after passing the designated exam, completion of this option results in eligibility to become a Massachusetts licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) after completion of two years of acceptable employment and passing the required exam.

For more information on credit requirements, program level and certification, please see the section titled ‘Eligibility’. 

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Clinical requirements (13-16 credits)


Specific program courses (12 credits)


Special Treatment Issues - choose one (3 credits)


Research requirement


Master of Education degree (2 credits)


  • Credits: 2 - 3
  • must be taken for 2 credits to meet program requirements

    Successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination is required.

    Total: minimum 60 credits

Master of Science degree (8-9 credits)


Rehabilitation Counseling for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Concentration (48-60 credits)


This program is designed to prepare students to work with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Deafness and hearing disorders are among the highest specialty disabilities in need of rehabilitation services in the United States. The primary objective of this program is to develop and integrate the students’ knowledge base and practitioner skills in the rehabilitation process with specific training in total communication, the deaf culture and rehabilitation practices, and procedures for the deaf and hearing impaired. Graduates of this program are typically employed as specialists in rehabilitation agencies, rehabilitation facilities, clinics, and related education and community programs.

For more information on credit requirements, program level and certification, please see the section titled ‘Eligibility’. 

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Clinical fieldwork requirements (16 credits)


Research requirement


Master of Education degree (2 credits)


  • Credits: 2 - 3
  • must be taken for 2 credits to meet program requirements

    Successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination is required.

    Total: 60 credits

Master of Science degree (8-9 credits)


Special Services Concentration (36-60 credits)


Within the scope of departmental offerings and related offerings of other cooperating departments or programs, opportunities exist with faculty advisor guidance and assistance to develop a specialized program or specific individualized elective concentration. For example, specialty programs currently exist within some of the following areas: sensory disabilities (visual and hearing disorders), gerontological services, cardiac rehabilitation, and head injury rehabilitation. Students interested in this program option must arrange a planned program of study with faculty advisor and departmental approval.

For more information on credit requirements, program level and certification, please see the section titled ‘Eligibility’. 

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Clinical fieldwork requirements (16 credits)


Research requirement


Master of Education degree (2 credits)


  • Credits: 2 - 3
  • must be taken for 2 credits to meet program requirements

    Successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination is required.

    Total: minimum 36 credits

Master of Science degree (8-9 credits)


Vocational Evaluation - Work Adjustment Specialist Concentration (48-60 credits)


The primary objective of this program is to prepare students to work as rehabilitation evaluation and work adjustment specialists. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed in the professional use of standardized educational-vocational and psychological tests, work samples, situational assessment, assessment of learning, and functional skills assessment. Typically, graduates of this program work as vocational evaluators and world adjustment specialists for employers in many different agencies. Usual responsibilities include the ability to assess clients and consumers in a variety of modalities and milieus, write comprehensive reports, recommend appropriate learning and behavioral rehabilitation plans, and work as a member of a post-acute team of rehabilitation and health care professionals. This program leads to eligibility for national certification as a Vocational Evaluator/Work Adjustment Specialist.

For more information on credits requirements, program level and certification, please see the section titled ‘Eligibility’. 

CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Clinical fieldwork requirements (16 s.h.)


Research requirement


Master of Education degree (2 credits)


  • Credits: 2 - 3
  • must be taken for 2 credits to meet program requirements

    Successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive examination is required.

    Total: minimum 48 s.h.

Master of Science degree (8-9 credits)


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