IIT's Division of Counseling and Rehabilitation Science offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. We offer outstanding and intensive training in all aspects of rehabilitation and mental health counseling that leads to careers in rehabilitation and clinical mental health counseling practice.
Rehabilitation and mental health counseling is concerned with helping individuals with disabilities and mental health concerns to adjust to their life circumstances. Regardless of type, duration, or severity of disability, people with mental health and disability-realted issues may experience significant difficulties in social, psychological, vocational and familial aspects of their lives due to the inherent physical, cognitive and/or emotional aspects of their conditions. Problems also arise due to the interaction of the disabling condition with barriers in the external environment.
Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling students enroll in core counseling courses (e.g., individual and group counseling theories, microskills, psychopathology, assessment, human growth and development), and field-specific coursework (e.g., introduction to rehabilitation and mental health counseling, job placement, assistive technology, medical and psychosocial aspects of disability), which provide the basic knowledge and skills necessary to practice in the fields of rehabilitation and mental health counseling. Practicum and internships are completed at a variety of mental and behavioral health facilities, community based rehabilitation centers, social service agencies, and hospitals in the Chicago area. The program is two years in scope, full-time. Combining courses with field work, students begin working with clients in community facilities in the second semester, and continue hands-on supervised experience throughout the second year.