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Program Outcomes


2016 Annual Report

The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2024. The program also received six years of accreditation from CACREP, until 2022.The Program offers a master's degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling and two graduate certificates. The two certificates offered are: (1) Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling; and (2) Marriage and Family Therapy.

The mission of the Program is to promote quality services for individuals with differences in abilities and to help the state meet its human service needs in the areas of rehabilitation and mental health through teaching, research and service. The Program offers both a non-thesis and thesis program. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination to assess student learning across all CORE and Council for

Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) knowledge domains covered in the standards is required of all students before the degree is awarded.

In keeping with CORE standards, the program fosters continuing public awareness and confidence about academic quality.

Table 1. Enrollment, Graduation, and Employment Data

YEAR 2013 - 2014 2014-2015 2015 - 2016
ENROLLMENT 155 188 162
GRADUATED 47 32 22
EMPLOYED 56* 36* 32*
EMPLOYMENT RATE 88% 87% 100%

* Data in this cell reflects the number of graduates who were employed the previous year.
** Data in this cell is yet to be determined from the next Student survey.

Where Do Our Graduates Work?

Employment settings where graduates work include state vocational rehabilitation agencies, not-for-profit rehabilitation facilities or community-based rehabilitation programs, federal agencies (e.g., Veterans Administration), for-profit or non-profit agencies providing mental health counseling, private practice-rehabilitation, private practice-counseling, substance abuse treatment, and non-rehabilitation settings (e.g., public schools).

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    All graduates of the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program are eligible to apply for licensure to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Florida. Approved applicants for the credential are designated as a Registered LMHC Intern. A Registered LMHC Intern will be required to fulfill direct service hours along with approved LMHC supervision before full licensure is granted. In addition, a Registered LMHC Intern will be required to pass a state license examination. For more information contact: Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Graduates who complete the Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate (Track 1), are eligible to apply for licensure to become a Licensed Marriage and Family (MFT) Therapist in the State of Florida. Approved applicants for the credential are designated a Registered MFT Intern. A Registered MFT Intern will be required to fulfill direct service hours along with approved supervision before full licensure is granted. In addition, a Registered LMFT Intern will be required to pass a state license examination. For more information contact: Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.
  • Certified Addiction Professional
    Graduates who complete the Graduate Certificate in Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling are eligible to apply for certification with the Certification Board for Addictions Professionals of Florida (CBAPF approved provider #179A). This graduate certificate program is approved for education and training by the Board and is designed to satisfy the addiction-specific training required. This includes the transdisciplinary foundations of Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge, Application to Practice/Professional Readiness. Additional hours in several performance domains and The Florida Certified Addiction Professional Exam are required. A specified number of hours of direct experience performing addiction-related services hours and a specified number of hours of direct supervision of the applicant's performance of addiction-related services required as well.
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
    All graduates are eligible to apply for certification with the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). Applicant must pass a national examination to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). According to CRCC, certification indicates a higher level of specialized education and training, a thorough understanding of key competency standards based on current practices in the field, adherence to the Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors, and an ongoing commitment to continuing education. For more information contact: Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

LENGTH OF TIME, COST OF PROGRAM, & SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLITY

The average time to complete the degree is usually 7 semesters for full-time students. The average cost to complete the 60 credit hour program is $25,886 for residents and $52,630 for non-residents. The programs offer the following scholarships: Calvin M. Pinkard Scholarship Fund, Marriage and Family Therapy Fund, the R.M.H.C. Student Textbook Scholarship, and the Rehabilitation Services Administration Scholarship.

ADDITIONAL STUDENT OUTCOME DATA

Additional student outcome data is required by CORE, the University, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Data are evaluated on two metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation. They are: (1) a comprehensive examination that is administered in fall and spring semesters; and (2) employment status one year following graduation. In addition to the required courses and a total of 60 semester hours, all students must pass a final written comprehensive examination to measure student competency prior to receiving the master's degree. The comprehensive examination is comprised of questions across fifteen knowledge domains underlying rehabilitation and mental health counseling. The knowledge domains are based on the standards set by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Comprehensive Examination
Criterion: 90% of students will achieve a score of 80% or higher
Date N= Number of students achieving a score of 80% or higher Percentage of students achieving a score of 80% or higher
November 2015 N=9 9 100%
March/June 2016 N=20 19 95%

All RMHC program graduates are eligible for certification as a rehabilitation counselor (CRC) by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification and licensure by the State of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Data was collected for graduates between 20013 and 2016 regarding CRC certification and LMHC licensure. Over the period for which data is available for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, around 65% of program graduates completed the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination.

FACULTY

The RMHC program has a highly qualified and faculty who are actively locally, nationally and internationally. Their research and creative activity rank among the highest in academic literature, funding and awards annually. Faculty maintain a very active teaching portfolio and work closely with students as mentors and researchers. Currently, the program has four full-time (4.0 FTE) tenure-track faculty, three and three-fifth (2.60 FTE) clinical faculty, one (1.0 FTE) research faculty and 9 part-time (5.75FTE) adjunct faculty members. The faculty student ratio is 1:7 for full-time students and 1:4 for part-time students. Tenure-track and clinical faculty serve as advisors to full-time and part-time students. Faculty teaching effectiveness is based on, among other measures, the Student Assessment of Instruction, an instrument that is required by the University. The average rating of overall teaching effectiveness for 2016 was approximately 4.63/5.0.

NATIONAL RANKING

U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools rankings released in March 2015 listed our Department at 24th in the nation, which is a significant accomplishment compared to the 2010 listings where the Department was ranked 39th of the 166 programs in the nation.