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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (Post Baccalaureate) (REH)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 51.2310
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Child and Family Studies Department (CFS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue MHC 1632
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Chih Chou
Phone: 813-974-6233
Email: chouc@usf.edu

Website: http://rmhc.bcs.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The Department of Child and Family Studies trains counselors to work with physically, mentally, emotionally, and chemically disabled individuals. Training emphasizes psychological, social, medical, and vocational aspects of disability, and also the development and refinement of personal adjustment counseling skills. Graduates with this M.A. are prepared for careers as both rehabilitation specialists and mental health counselors.

The Department offers only the M.A. degree. Most students are admitted after earning a baccalaureate degree in one of the behavioral, social, health-related, or educational disciplines (REH). The Major offers two areas of Concentration that may also lead to a certificate: (1) Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling; and (2) Marriage and Family Therapy. Each student may elect to pursue a program of specialization in any of these areas. The Addictions and Substance Abuse counseling program is approved by the Certification Board for Addictions Professionals of Florida (CBAPF Approved Provider #179A).

Upon completion of at least 75% of the major, students are eligible to sit for the national examination to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Upon graduation, individuals are also eligible to take the examination for the state licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. Upon completion of 1500 hours of post-graduate clinical supervision graduates receive their license as a Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. For a complete description of the department and its program, visit the departments Web page at:
http://rmhc.bcs.usf.edu

Accreditation Information:

The Major is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Commission on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Online department application (which includes a personal statement of intent)
  • GRE
  • Interview (on campus)
  • Undergraduate statistics or research methods course

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Credit Hours - 60 credits

Core Requirements 60 hours
Optional Thesis 6 hours
Optional Concentration 15 hours

The department offers both a thesis and a non-thesis opyion. There is no language requirement; however, a comprehensive examination is required of all students. The following 60-hour core curriculum is consistent with national certification standards for rehabilitation counselors and must be taken by all students (post-baccalaureate, thesis, and non-thesis). Students must receive a B (3.00) or better in all core curriculum and elective classes.

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

MHS5020
MHS5480
RCS5780
RCS5035
RCS5080
RCS5450
RCS6220
RCS6476
RCS6301
RCS6408
RCS6409
RCS6510
RCS6407
RCS6740
RCS6803
RCS6825
 

Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
Human Growth & Development
Legal & Ethical Issues & Professional Standards
Rehabilitation Counseling in Community Settings: Concepts & Applications
Medical Aspects of Disability
Substance Abuse I
Individual Evaluation & Assessment
Human Sexuality Counseling
Career & Lifestyle Assessment
Diagnosis & Treatment Psychopathology
Social & Cultural Foundations of Counseling
Group Theories and Practice
Counseling Theories and Practice
Research & Program Evaluation
Practicum In Counseling
Internship
Two Electives or Thesis Credits

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
6
3
6

Optional Thesis - 6 hours
RSC 6970 Thesis
All students are initially admitted to the non-thesis program. Admitted students may subsequently apply to the faculty for a thesis program. Students in a thesis program must complete a minimum of 60 hours in the Post-Baccalaureate Program (54-hr.) core curriculum including a minimum of 6 hours of RCS 6970. An oral defense of the thesis is required.

 

OPTIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Concentrations available:

Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy


Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling

RCS5450
RCS6459
RCS6456
RCS6930
RCS6803

Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Counseling
Professional Skills for Addictions Counselors
Counseling Approaches for Substance Abusers
ST: Employee Assistance Programs (or approved elective)
Practicum (Substance Abuse)

3
3
3
3
3


Marriage and Family Therapy

RCS6476
RCS6930
RCS6930
RCS6930
RCS6803

Human Sexuality
Seminar: Dynamics of  Marriage and Family Therapy
Seminar: Marital Therapy, Theory, and Techniques
Seminar: Family Therapy, Theory, and Techniques
Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy

3
3
3
3
3

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM REQUIREMENTS

In order to graduate from the program students must pass the comprehensive exam. The written comprehensive examination assesses the student's understanding of the significant content and process areas of the entire major curriculum.

 
 

MINIMUM TOTAL CREDITS

60

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

MHS5020, MHS5480, RCS5780, RCS5035, RCS5080, RCS5450, RCS6220, RCS6476, RCS6301, RCS6408, RCS6409, RCS6440, RCS6510, RCS6407, RCS6740, RCS6803, RCS6825, RCS5450, RCS6459, RCS6930, RCS6930, RCS6803, RCS6476, RCS6930, RCS6930, RCS6930, RCS6803, RCS6970,