Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is an interdisciplinary field and, as such, draws from many related areas. For example, included in this interdisciplinary program is information drawn from psychology, education, behavioral sciences, biological sciences, philosophy, engineering, and law. As an interdisciplinary field, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling attracts faculty members from a full range of disciplines and related programs as they enhance diversity of thought and add richness to the academic and research needs of the department.
The mission of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is to promote quality behavioral health care for all, particularly people with disabilities, and to help the state and nation meet their human service and workforce needs in the area of rehabilitation and mental health counseling through teaching, research and service.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Recruit and graduate a highly qualified and diverse student body from local, state, national and international regions.
- Provide high quality teaching and inspire learning in rehabilitation and mental health counseling and related disciplines.
- Contribute to and broaden research in the field of rehabilitation and mental health counseling and related disciplines through local, national and global collaboration.
- Prepare rehabilitation and mental health counselors to be critical consumers of information and to encourage participation in and contribution to the expansion of knowledge in the field of rehabilitation and mental health counseling.
- Enhance and maintain community engagement and service for the professional development of students by expanding experiential (field) training experiences.
- Maintain and improve the ranking in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools.
- Maintain CORE and CACREP Accreditation at the highest levels of eligibility.
- Increase the number of students who earn credentials as licensed and certified professionals.