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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (Post Baccalaureate) (REH)
with a Concentration in Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling (ASA)

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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


Program 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). A Five-Year Program (REF–currently not open for admission) is available to undergraduates with strong academic credentials, and undergraduates interested in this program should contact the department during their sophomore year. The Department offers two areas of concentration that may also lead to a certificate: (1) Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling; (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 program, 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 state license as a Mental Health Counselor. For a complete description of the department and its program, visit the department's Web page.

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 15
Spring: August 31
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: August 31
Summer: ---

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 listed below.

Same as university requirements plus:

  • 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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Program Degree Requirements

The department offers both a thesis and a non-thesis program. There is no language requirement; however, a comprehensive examination is required of all students. The following 54-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
RCS6440
RCS6510
RCS6407
RCS6740
RCS6803
RCS6825

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

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


Non-Thesis (6 hours)
Students in the non-thesis program must complete a minimum of 60 hours in the Post-Baccalaureate Program (REH). Two electives (6 credits) may be taken from Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling offerings or from offerings outside the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) with the consent of an advisor.

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-hour) core curriculum including a minimum of six (6) hours of RCS 6970. An oral defense of the thesis is required.

Five-Year Program (including 54-hour core curriculum) (No new students are currently being accepted to this program)
Additional hours to complete the minimum of 150 hours for students in the Five-Year Program may be elected from other Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling offerings or from related programs with the consent of the advisor.

 

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

The written comprehensive examination assesses the student's understanding of the significant content and process areas of the program curriculum.

 
 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM 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

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program 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,