Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Concentration coordinator

Steve Zanskas, Ph.D., CRC
Patterson Hall, Room 119D
szanskas@memphis.edu
901.678.4021

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Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration Requirements: 60 hours

Mission Statement

The mission of the rehabilitation counseling master's degree program at The University of Memphis is to prepare professional rehabilitation counselors to provide a full range of rehabilitation counseling services to facilitate the personal, educational, and vocational development of individuals with emotional, cognitive, physical, and neurological impairments.

Program Overview

The University of Memphis Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration is a nationally recognized training program that offers a 60-semester hour, dually accredited CORE and CACREP curriculum. Situated in an urban research university, we offer flexibility to both full-time and part-time students. The primary goal of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program is to prepare graduates to become Licensed Professional Counselors in the State of Tennessee (LPC-MHSP). Students are eligible to take the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam during the last semester of their course work. Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) scholarships provide tuition and stipends to selected students.

The Profession of Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation counselors utilize their skills and knowledge assist individuals with intellectual, physical, and psychological disabilities to become or remain self-sufficient and productive members of society. Clinical rehabilitation counselors provide comprehensive counseling services in an array of counseling settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of rehabilitation counselors is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
Clinical rehabilitation counselors are employed in the following settings:

  • Private rehabilitation companies
  • Private mental health counseling practices
  • Community based mental health agencies
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Geriatric counseling and rehabilitation programs
  • Hospital-based treatment programs
  • Developmental disability agencies
  • Head injury programs
  • Group homes
  • Community-based correction programs
  • Veteran's Administration medical centers
  • Educational settings (high school and college/university)
  • Employee assistance programs

Why is our program the best place to start?

The University of Memphis Rehabilitation Counseling Program is ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation by US News and World Reports. We house the Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research in a diverse metropolitan community. A few other reasons to consider pursuing a master's degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling at The University of Memphis:

  • Dynamic employment opportunities upon graduation
  • Federal scholarships and paid internships
  • Late afternoon and evening classes
  • Supervised practicum and internship
  • Close working relationships between students and faculty
  • Immediate eligibility after graduation for CRC Certification
  • Eligible to become a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP)in the state of Tennessee
  • Nationally recognized faculty

Our Faculty

Dr. Steve Zanskas, CRC

Dr. Dan Lustig, CRC

Dr. Chrisann Schiro-Geist, CRC

Dr. Douglas Strohmer, CRC

Dr. Steve West, CRC

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply to the Graduate School and the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research. Please refer to the Graduate Bulletin for details.

All applicants to the program must:

  • Complete both the Graduate School and CEPR Department application
  • Attain an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Furnish three letters of reference
  • Submit a 500-1000 word typed written essay stating your reasons for seeking admission to the program and professional goals and objectives.

Applicants to the program should be willing to have a personal interview with the admission committee.

Program Deadlines

  • Fall Semester Application Deadline: March 1st
  • Spring Semester Application Deadline: October 1st