Master's in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling


The Master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling is an educational on-line training program designed to prepare rehabilitation professionals to work specifically with persons who are mentally ill as well as a variety of other disabilities. This 60-hour program prepares students for certification and licensure. Students have unique opportunities within this program. Students complete a 100-hour practicum and 600 hour internship with a focus on working with persons with mental health diagnosis in a VR setting in order to gain immediate access to the field, and are paired with a professional mentor for professional development and educational support.
The Rehabilitation Counseling Program at GW is accredited by The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

The rehabilitation counseling program emphasizes the philosophical foundations of rehabilitation, organizational structure of public, not-for-profit and private vocational settings: individual, group and family counseling theories; behavior and personality theory; human development; multicultural counseling, attitudinal and environment barriers for the people with disability; rehabilitation services; case management; medical and psychosocial aspects of disability; job development and placement; and ethical standards for rehabilitation counselors. Our on-line counseling program is offered to students who live more than 50 miles from Washington, DC. Students are required to spend 2 days on campus at their expense for the Interview Skills class and 2 days on campus for the Group Counseling class (both classes in separate semesters) for the master's program. We have many students around the country as well as in other countries who have successfully completed practicum and internship requirements.


As graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling program, students will be prepared to work in a variety of settings with particular emphasis in working with persons with mental illness in a variety of rehabilitation counseling settings. Currently ranked 6th in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, this 60-credit-hour program prepares rehabilitation counselors to assist persons who are physically, emotionally disabled to resume or assume their place in society. The primary teaching modality is online via the use of Blackboard instructional software.


Curriculum (48 credit hours)


  • CNSL 6376 Foundations/Practicum: Rehabilitation and Case Management (3 credits)
  • This course provides students with history, philosophy, basic principles, legislation, roles, services of public VR, and the role of the VR counselor.

  • CNSL 6380 Job Placement and Supported Employment (3 credits)
  • This course provides students with job development and job placement methods and techniques, with emphasis on labor market information, supported employment and independent living, in order to understand and implement the vocational planning and placement process.

  • CNSL 6173 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)
  • For counselors and mental health practitioners. Symptoms
    and treatment of various mental disorders. The process of making psychiatric diagnoses. A variety of treatment strategies are covered, along with their application to various disorders.


    The Rehabilitation Counseling Program at GW is accredited by The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and CACREP.

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