The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CLRC) specialization builds in courses that meet the 63 credit hour degree from the Maine Board of Licensing. This Rehabilitation Counseling track includes specific content requirements students will need to be competent as clinical counselors and to qualify for both certified rehabilitation counselors CRC) and licensed clinical professional counselors (LCPC). The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.C. degree) track within the Counselor Education program holds joint accreditation by the Council Accrediting Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) meeting respective Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Standards through October 31, 2023.
This program now joins a handful of other higher education programs across the United States which successfully completed the joint review process offered as part of the 2013 affiliation agreement between CACREP and CORE. As a result of this dual accreditation all graduates will be eligible for hiring in key federal programs, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and TRICARE, which have stipulated graduation from a CACREP-accredited program as an employment criterion, which is notable.
Specialization Requirements (63 credits):
In addition to the required counseling core (27 credits) and concentration (24 credits) courses in rehabilitation counseling, students are required to complete an additional 12 credit hours including an extended internship (300 hours) within a clinical setting:
HCE 640 Professional Issues in Mental Health Counseling
HCE 643 Psychopharmacology, Substance-Related Disorders & Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment
HCE 645 Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
HCE 686 Internship in Counselor Education (3 credits – 300 hours)
The USM rehabilitation counseling concentration is accredited by CORE. The CLRC track has full CORE & CACREP accreditation until 2023. All graduates are eligible to take the Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Examination to acquire a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and also to qualify to take the National Counselor Exam (NCE) as required for the licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC).
Graduates can meet the Maine licensure requirements for licensed professional counselor (LPC) and, in CLRC specialization can qualify upon graduation for the LCPC. Those students interested in substance abuse issues can also qualify to take the Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) exam while matriculating in the program and use this pathway to later qualify for the Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC). Qualified graduates take the National Counselor Exam (NCE) to qualify for state licensure and are eligible for National Certified Counselor (NCC) upon passing.